Soccaskool Graduates invited to BC Soccer’s High Performance Programming

Soccaskool graduates Braden (left) and Kai (right) both performed well during recent BC High-PerformanceProgram (HPP) matches. Both players were pleased with their performances and will be hoping to be in the running for a place on the final roster when it is announced later this year.

At Soccaskool, our goal is to help individual players to develop and to play at the highest level that they can. This is why we encourage all of our graduating U12 players to try out for Thompson Okanagan FC, who play in the BC Soccer Premier League. From there, the best of them hope to get a chance with the Provinces High Performance Program Team, like the boys here. After that, the Whitecaps Residency Program becomes a real possibility, and with it the chance of a professional career in the game.

Last year, we were very proud to place 8 graduating players onto the TOFC U13 roster and now 2 of those have been recognised as  players of distinction and invited to participate at the next level!Congratulations Kai and Braden !

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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 !

Tryout Season

Its tryout season here in Kelowna and people are making important decisions on what teams and programs they want to try to be part of for next season.

At Soccaskool, we have our own Development Team evaluations next week and we are hoping that there are a growing number of people recognizing that we are providing an excellent option for player development and team formation at the ages of U9, U10, U11 and U12.

We have also been very consistent with our message to all players who come through our academy, that when they are finished with us after U12 they should go and try out for TOFC, which is the Okanagan Regional Program and is part of the BC Soccer Premier League Which is the high performance pathway in BC.

TOFC have produced a full information package which, along with all of the evaluation dates and times, is available on their website. Everybody with ambitious youth soccer players, whatever their age, should take ten minutes to familiarize themselves with this information.

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Here at Soccaskool, we use the number of players who come through our academy and end up playing for TOFC as a measure of our success. We keep track of their progress, and we wish them well as they head into their very exciting U13 to U18 youth soccer period. We are proud of the fact that there are currently 7 Soccaskool graduates playing for TOFC in the BCSPL, there is also one currently playing for Coquitlam Metro Ford. This year it is the turn of the 2004s, and we are hoping that all of our 2004s attend tryouts. Our hope is that we will add at least a couple of 2004s to the TOFC squads, these will be the first players to come through our full time Development Team Program.

Good luck to everybody !