U9 Development Team visits Kamloops

Yesterday our new U9 development group made the trip to SoccerQuest in Kamloops to play their very first games as a group against SoccerQuest’s U9 and U10 Groups.

In a day long event with 3 games the group recorded a comfortable win in game 1, a humbling defeat in game 2 against an older group and an entertaining 5-5 draw in the final game of a long but very enjoyable day.

A great experience for the young group who managed to play some excellent football and the games provided some excellent insight in to areas of focus for the young group moving forward.

Highlight of the day :  A wonderfully executed goal in our final game after a sweeping move out of defence with some excellent passing and a well picked out assist from Jacob resulting in a very composed first time finish from Magnus.  Decision making in the build up and composure and technique on the finish were first class !

Well done to everyone involved and a big thank you to the parents for making the trip !

Player Profile – Grayson

In our second profile for players of distinction we are happy to introduce Grayson one of our Academy’s long standing players and a player on our U12 development team.

NAME:  Grayson
SQUAD NUMBER : 8
BEST POSITION : Right Midfield
FAVOURITE SOCCER PLAYER : Messi
FAVOURITE TEAM : Manchester United
FAVOURITE COLOUR BOOTS : Red
FAVOURITE OTHER SPORT : Volleyball (but he really had to think on this one lol)
ADIDAS OR NIKE. : Nike
ANY OTHER COUNTRY THAT YOU COULD PLAY FOR : England
MESSI OR RONALDO : Messi (Hands Down !!)

Coaches Comment : Grayson is one of our original 20 and a shining example to all our younger Soccaskool players.  

Grayson 2012
Grayson with his 1st Player of the Season Award in 2012

He is very coachable, dedicated and his attitude is first class !  Grayson has recently stated that his next target is to make the Thompson Okanagan FC 2004 intake team and we, at Soccaskool, are all going to spend the next 6 months helping him to achieve just that !

Good luck in 2016 Grayson !

 

Development Teams Video

As you know we have been working hard on our website recently and at the same time we recently produced a video showcasing our development players in some recent games. Please check it out. We are certain you will agree that the players continue to demonstrate some excellent individual skills as well as working well together as a group. Enjoy !

Development Teams in Salmon Arm

This weekend saw all of our 2015 Development Teams in action for the last time this year

Our U10 (2006) team took the field on Friday night at CNC to play a selected Soccaskool U11 squad. We deliberately selected a strong U11 squad to set up a good game and to challenge our U10 development group to the maximum. The U10s rose to the challenge beautifully, playing some excellent soccer and keeping possession of the ball for long periods particularly in the opening 30 minutes. It took a while, but once Liam netted the first with a stunning strike from the edge of the box, more goals began to follow.

Incredibly, the U10’s raced to a 6-0 lead ! However, this prompted a response from the U11s, and they battled back to make it 6-4. The U10s made the mistake of becoming embroiled in a physical contest against an older team, which is always very difficult to win. In the end though, the U10s were able to regroup, compose themselves, and resume playing great, quick and simple soccer. Once that happened, they were able to regain control of the match and add a final goal to make it 7-4 final score. Continue reading Development Teams in Salmon Arm

Winter Phase is Full !

Our upcoming Winter season will as usual, be a three month training phase. The Winter season will run from Monday January 4th until the end of March, and will include practise sessions during Spring Break. It will be a 12 week program of 24 sessions.

Unfortunately, we are losing one of our time slots at CNC for this Winter phase. We will continue to have a Monday/Wednesday 2.45 to 4pm class and a Tuesday/Thursday 2.45 to 4pm class. We are however losing the Monday/Wednesday 4.15 to 5.30 class.

We are very disappointed about this as our Fall season has had full enrollment of 120 players, 40 players per class and we have had wait lists on every class. For the Winter, we will have to reduce our number to 80 players.

With this in mind we decided to send out invites to the first 80 players on the Fall academy who we felt were getting the most out of the program. In other words, our most coachable players. Out of the 80 invitations we sent, 79 accepted…which means that our Winter academy is now full.

We are disappointed Continue reading Winter Phase is Full !