Category Archives: Development Teams

Development Teams enjoy game day in Kamloops

Soccaskool’s U10s were in action this weekend in Kamloops. They joined our U11s and our U9s for a full day of matches against Soccer Quest Academy. All of the games were played on Quest’s indoor 6 a side facility in Kamloops, and the two academies enjoyed a great day of matches together across the age groups. All games produced some very exciting, good quality soccer and were enjoyed by large crowds of parents and fans.

Our U11s and U12s also enjoyed an excellent inter squad match at CNC in Kelowna on Saturday

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The quality of soccer on show from all of our Development Teams this weekend demonstrates perfectly that our program has a continous feel to it these days. Each of our teams, from U9 to U12 were trying to play a similar brand and style of quick, slick, attacking soccer. These teams have now reached the half way point of our 2016-17 Development Teams Program. They will continue to practice 3 times a week through the winter months, and will play the occasional inter squad matches, resuming a full competitive playing schedule in March.

At this point, each of our teams have had a full five months of practice and have played in around 20 competitive matches. The development progress of these teams and these players was there for all to see this weekend !

U9 Development Team hit the Road

Our new U9 Development Team are now well and truly up and running. Having played their first competitive matches against Kamloops Quest Academy a couple of weeks ago, we felt that they were ready to join our other three Development Teams and start playing in regular matchday events. So the U9s joined the others last week as we took a road trip to The Coast to match all four of our teams against the excellent academy programs of TSS and Faly Academy. All of the matches were very good quality indeed, and once more we attracted large crowds who enjoyed the excellent soccer on show. All of our teams, including the U9s, matched up well against TSS in Richmond on the Saturday night. On Sunday we played Faly Academy at Simon Fraser University. Once again, all of our teams matched up well against first class opponents. We are very happy with the progress our U9s have made since we formed that team in the summer.

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Our Development Teams are formed at the end of June, the teams then start practicing straight away in July. Our Development Team players practice 3 times a week, always with a professional and qualified coach, always on excellent fields….usually turf. The training continues all year round with a 2 week break at Christmas. In addition to this training schedule, we aim to play between 30 and 40 competitive matches against hand picked opponents over the course of the year. Our U10s, U11s and U12s have already each played 14 matches since being formed in June. We have two more trips to the Coast scheduled before Christmas.

Once our U12 players ‘graduate’ from Soccaskool next June, we will encourage each of them to try out for the 2005 Thompson Okanagan FC Intake team and play in the BC Soccer Premier League from U13 onwards. At Soccaskool, we measure our success by the percentage of those graduating players who try for TOFC and are named on the rosters. Our current success rate is 100%.

Soccaskool vs Soccer Quest (Kamloops)

Last week Soccaskool hosted a series of matches here in Kelowna against Soccer Quest Academy, who travelled down from Kamloops. Our U9, U10 and U11 Development Teams each played a pair of matches against their Quest counterparts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We watched some great soccer on a beautiful sunny day. There were some excellent moments, some great goals and some outstanding players on show from both academy programs. All of the matches were very competitive and played in a very good spirit. The games were watched by large crowds, who were very well entertained all day !

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The highlight for us at Soccaskool was the opportunity for us to play our brand new U9 team in their first ever competitive match and the way they played in that opening match easily surpassed our expectations of them. The pictures above are from that opening U9 match.  Well done to everyone involved !

Soccaskool Travels to Richmond to take on TSS

Following on from a couple of successful matches in Summerland against Africa United, which kicked off our Development Team season, Soccaskool took our teams on their first road trip of the year last weekend, as we headed to Richmond for a series of games against Vancouver-based academies.

On the Saturday we faced TSS, who hosted the games, with our U10s, U11s, U12s and U12/13s. TSS are the largest academy program on the Coast, with about 800 players registered. They have gained an excellent reputation over the years for very high quality programs, excellent coaching and a style of playing soccer which is great to watch. Soccaskool has many similar philosophies to TSS, and we have played them, and been very impressed by them, with various teams, at various tournaments, in the recent past. However, this was the first time that we have matched up against them with identical and multiple age groups, and we were really looking forward to the games and the opportunity to discover how we
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Soccaskool Graduates join TOFC

Congratulations to Diego, Daxton and Grayson who have just become the first players to graduate from Soccaskool’s full time (Development Team) Program and try out for Thompson Okanagan Football Club. TOFC is a Regional Program, which draws the best players from across the Okanagan to play in the BC Soccer Premier League, and therefore enter the recognized High Performance Pathway in BC, leading to opportunities to compete for spots on the BC Provincial Team, Whitecaps Professional Residency Program, and ultimately,  Canadian National Team Programs.

These three players were the only 2004 born players on Soccaskool’s 2004/5 Development Team last year, and we were delighted to hear that they have all been selected to represent TOFC.

All three were named on the TOFC 2004 Intake roster, and will now go ahead and compete in the BCSPL U13 Intake season beginning in September. This brings the number of Soccaskool graduates playing for TOFC teams to ten (we also have one playing for Coquitlam Metro Ford BCSPL)

Next year will be the turn of our flagship 2005 players, and we will be hoping to double that number as we continue to demonstrate that our academy offers a viable alternative development pathway to the traditional TOYSL U11 and U12 Development Program.

Well done boys, and we will be following your progress with interest as you enter the U13 to U18 Youth Soccer years !

Development Team Evaluations

Soccaskool will be evaluating players for our 2016/2017 season week beginning 13th June

Our Development Team season will run from July 1st, and will run for a full year until the end of June 2017.

We will select 3 teams immediately after evaluations. These will be U12 Boys (2005), U11 Boys (2006) and U10 Boys (2007). We will also be adding a fourth team, U9 Boys (2008), which will begin training straight away but will not play in matches until the New Year.

Who can come to the evaluations ?

– Any player currently registered on our Junior Academy program, whether they are Monday-Wednesday class or Tuesday-Thursday class. Girls are welcome to try out for the teams. Two of our existing teams include very competent girls.

– Any player intending to register for our Junior Academy Summer program

– Under age players with our permission (please contact us first)

U11 (2006) BOYS AND U12 (2005) BOYS

Monday June 13th 3pm to 4.15pm at Mission 10 (artificial turf)

Wednesday June 15th 4.15pm to 5.45pm at Mission 14 (grass)

Friday June 17th 3pm to 4.30pm at Mission 10 (artificial turf) ** Invite only **

U9 (2008) BOYS AND U10 (2007) BOYS

Monday June 13th 4.30pm to 5.45pm at Mission 14 (grass)

Wednesday June 15th 3pm to 4.15pm at Mission 10 (artificial turf)

Friday June 17th 3pm to 4.30pm at Mission 10 (artificial turf) ** Invite only **

The teams will be selected and the rosters will be posted on our website straight after the Friday evaluation

If you would like to find out more about our Development Teams ? Visit the Development Teams page on our website, check out the many match reports on the website or, better still, come and watch us in action between 10am and 4pm this Sunday June 5th at The Quarry field in The Upper Mission. All of our teams will be playing in exhibition matches.