It was FUTSAL last weekend for the Soccaskool Development Teams, as we travelled to Vernon to take part in a futsal tournament competing against teams from Vernon and Nelson.
Our players had practised in futsal format for the two weeks leading up to this event so we were well prepared for the differences between futsal and the indoor soccer that we usually play. All of the matches were played on a hard surface gymnasium floor and with a heavier ball which the players had to adapt to. One thing that our players had no trouble at all in adapting to was the speed of the game. The way we encourage our teams play, with very quick ball movement, is perfectly suited to futsal and we were able to enjoy some excellent periods of play which made for some very exciting games.
From our academy we sent 5 teams to the tournament. Three of these teams competed in the U12 division and the other two competed at U10.
Thank you to our friends from EFS for hosting the event and for making us welcome. Overall the tournament was an excellent experience for everyone with each of our teams performing well with great success.
Our first featured player of 2017 is none other than Charlie P.
Charlie is one of our very best and is the ‘engine’ of our excellent U11 Development Team. A natural leftie, he strikes the ball extremely well indeed and his strength and determination are without equal.
Charlie attended the Barcelona FC summer camp last year in Kelowna and impressed the Barca camp head coach so much that he was invited to Vancouver to represent the Vancouver Barca academy in a national tournament with all of the other Barca academies across Canada.
His performances at that tournament were so strong that he was invited to Spain this year to spend a week at La Masia, the actual Barcelona academy where Messi learned to play. Amazingly, two Soccaskool players were invited to Spain, and Luka will also be heading there along with Charlie in the Spring
Squad number – # 18
Favourite position – center holding mid
Favourite team – “I couldn’t chose”
Favourite player –James Rodriquez and Sergio Ramos
Adidas or Nike – Nike
Messi or Ronaldo – Messi
Favourite food – cheesecake
Other sports – snowboarding, biking and running
Favourite singer or band – 21 Pilots
Who would you most like to meet – Sergio Ramos
What colour boots are best – pink and black
Apart from Canada, what countries are you eligible to represent – Just Canada.
Coaches Comment –
Charlie has been with the academy now for a few years and is a fantastic role model for all our younger players. Charlie has an excellent game sense and is a real leader both on and off the field, he is an excellent trainer who works very hard at his game and consistently puts in maximum effort to everything he does at Soccaskool. It has been a pleasure for us to work with Charlie over the years and see his game take leaps and bounds in that time and we very much look forward to seeing his progress continue over the next few years and beyond!
Soccaskool is pleased to announce that we are now accepting open Registrations for our Winter Academy, which begins Monday January 2nd and will run for 12 weeks with the final Winter Academy Session taking place on Friday 24th March.
Our registration numbers and the interest in our program continue to increase and we would recommend early registration to avoid any disappointment.
We are very proud of our players and we keenly keep track of their progress once they ‘graduate’ from our academy after the U12 year.
At Soccaskool, we choose to measure our success by the number of players that we steer towards the BC Soccer Premier League tryout process. There are currently 11 Soccaskool graduates playing in the BCSPL, and from there we hope that some of them may even become a permanent fixture in the provinces High Performance Programming.
In June next year, all 13 of our 2005 Development Team players will be headed for the TOFC tryouts, and we will be making sure that they are well prepared and capable of achieving success