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Soccaskool Players Shine in Whitecaps Colours

Several Soccaskool players were invited to play on Vancouver Whitecaps Regional Academy teams at The Adidas Cup in Surrey recently. Our players produced some outstanding displays and earned excellent reviews from Whitecaps staff

Sophia, making a rare appearance in girls soccer (she plays on our U11 Boys Development Team) scored all four goals in a 4-0 win over Western Canada Rush on the Sunday, and followed that up with a second hat trick in the next game.

Kai, from our U12 Development Team, finished with seven goals over the course of the weekend, which helped his team to a 4 and 0 tournament record during which Dylan’s four goals and great performances also helped that team’s cause, along with rock solid performances at the back from Keaton.

Koen, Adrian and Trayton, who are pictured here, were on a different team . All three played a big part in their Whitecaps team being successful. These three are key players for Soccaskool’s U12 Development Team

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Finn, from our U9 Development Team playing ‘up’ in a Whitecaps U10 team helped himself to four goals and took much of the credit for his team’s success.

Finally Jackson a past recipient of Okanagan Academy Player of the Month was attending his first tournament with the Okanagan Academy and made an impact on his team too.

Our players train hard all year round and are very committed to being all that they can be as soccer players. It is great to see them performing so well and earning recognition from The Whitecaps Regional Academies Staff.

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Player Profile – Kayden & Kieron

For this month’s player profile we are profiling Soccaskool Sibling’s Kayden & Kieron who have now been with the academy for two years.

Squad Number :
Kayden: #10 black and #20 white
Kieron: #10 black and #12 white

Favourite Position:
Kayden: Defender
Kieron: Striker

Favourite Team:
Kayden: Manchester United
Kieron: Brazilian National Team

Favourite Player:
Kayden: Paul Pogba
Kieron: Neymar

Adidas or Nike:
Kayden: Nike Hypervenom
Kieron: Nike Mercurials

Messi or Ronaldo : 
Kayden: Ronaldo
Kieron: Ronaldo

Favourite Food :
Kayden: Papa John’s Cheese Pizza with garlic dipping sauce
Kieron: Big Mac

Favourite Singer or Band :
Kayden: Kendrick Lamar
Kieron: Coldplay

Who would you most like to meet :
Kayden: Wesley Sneijder and Stephen Curry
Kieron: Neymar and Paul Pogba

Favourite Colour Boots:
Kayden: Blue eventhough mines are black and white
Kieron: Blue and Red

Soccer Aspirations: To play soccer at Park University, Missouri (be Pirates just like Mum & Dad)

Apart from Canada, what countries are you eligible to represent :
Both : USA 🇺🇸 and The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Coaches Comment: Both Kayden & Keiron have thrived at our Soccaskool Academy and have a real passion for their game. Kayden is a very consistent performer, loves to defend but is very composed and comfortable on the ball and leads by example. Younger brother Kieron loves to score goals and has improved his ball handling tremendously in the last year and is now playing with the same type of assurance and confidence as his older brother. Well done boys it is a real pleasure working with you both !

Player Profile – Charlie

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!

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 !