Highlanders Spring Into Fall Sessions
This past July, Highlanders FC Youth Academy’s Spring session concluded, ending the most expansive and immersive spring academy to date. The Highlanders Academy features Victoria’s top soccer coaches working alongside active collegiate and former professional players to provide aspiring youth with an opportunity to supplement their current training with various island soccer clubs.
This spring, the Academy participated in several tournaments in both British Columbia and Washington state. Intended to allow players to showcase their abilities, the trips included visits to Vancouver for the “Whitecaps Experience”, as well as an excursion to Port Angeles to both participate in and view several soccer matches. Port Angeles’ Rumble in the Rainforest tournament – hosted by Peninsula Community College, allowed youth to view the Highlanders’ top-level of soccer as the Premier Development League squad engaged in their first exhibition matches of the 2014 season. The Academy also participated in the annual Skagit Firecracker tournament in Bremerton, Washington—an immersive three- day tournament that features teams from across British Columbia and Washington competing in multiple games throughout the weekend.
The spring program allows Highlanders coaches to train players specifically around larger team concepts and then take these learnings into games and tournaments on the weekends. Spring trips and tournaments are a part of the overall Highlanders Academy experience, which takes great pride in focusing on supplementing local players soccer training schedules with additional sessions of training throughout the week.
In an effort to accommodate each player with the most ideal scenario for reaching their goals in soccer, the Highlanders Academy ensures that no training session interferes with other island clubs practices. By doing this, players with an ambition to pursue higher goals within soccer are given the chance to do so my maximizing their weekly schedules with multiple nights of training between their regular clubs while simultaneously receiving the highest level of training with the Highlanders.
Registrants are still being accepted into the Highlanders fall-winter academy, and the program is open for any level of play; bronze, silver, gold, Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL), or the British Columbia High Performance League (BCHPL). The youth academy focuses on player growth and skill development as opposed to success in matches throughout the course of the program.
For more information on the Highlanders Youth Academy and how to register, visit www.highlandersfc.ca/youth or call the Highlanders office 250-590-8432.