Inaugural Western Canada College ID Camp hosted by Victoria Highlanders deemed ‘fantastic success’

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Inaugural Western Canada College ID Camp hosted by Victoria Highlanders deemed ‘fantastic success’

VICTORIA – The 2014 Western Canada College ID Camp hosted by Victoria Highlanders FC at Shawnigan Lake School concluded its final day of training on Friday, July 25. The camp included over 100 participants from western Canada that were provided an opportunity to display their talents in front of CIS and NCAA coaches from Canada and the United States.

The five-day camp ran from July 20 to the final day of scrimmages on July 25.

WESTERN CANADA COLLEGE ID CAMP INFORMATION

“For an inaugural camp its been a fantastic success,” commented Highlanders’ director of youth development Neil Sedgwick . “One hundred players have had the opportunity to work with 15 college coaches from Canada and the U.S. for five days.”

The identification camp featured a large contingent of youth soccer players from grades 9-12, who were looking to put their talent on display in front of the assembled post-collegiate coaches. Players were put in an environment designed to challenge them both academically and athletically over the course of the program. The players at the camp received top-level lessons on and off the field that will help them grow as athletes and prepare them for college athletics.

“At one point we had two boys teams receiving half-time feedback from Allan Koch [Head Coach, SFU Clan], Ian Bridge [Assistant Coach, UVic Vikes], Alan Alderson [Head Coach, UNBC Timberwolves], and Pat Rohla [Head Coach, Trinity Western],” added Sedgwick. “We wanted to establish a unique opportunity for players and their halftime talks with these experienced coaches demonstrate how unique this is.”

The camp, held at the prestigious Shawnigan Lake School, allowed participating athletes to be a part of a residential camp experience. Having these athletes house together in between training sessions helped showcase the abundance of up and coming soccer talent in the region.

“Many of the athletes put themselves on the radar of potential college coaches this week,” concluded Sedgwick. “We are looking forward to the 2015 camp.”

The 2015 Western College ID camp will take place July 19 – 24, with additional details to be announced shortly. For more information, please contact the Highlanders’ head office at 250-590-8432. Information will also be made available at www.highlandersfc.ca or www.westerncollegeidcamp.com.

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