Vancouver Whitecaps FC - NLAC
Newfoundland & Labrador Academy Center - Programs Outline
The Newfoundland & Labrador Soccer Association has formed a parternship with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC that presents large potential for player and coaching development in our province: Vancouver Whitecaps FC Release
Under the Newfoundland & Labrador Academy Center (NLAC), players in our province now have clear pathway to follow in pursuit of their dreams to play professional soccer and represent Canada on the international stage. The partnership will also bring upgrades to existing NLSA player development programs, as well as the introduction of new programs:
Further details on each layer of the structure are as follows:
Launched in the fall of 2016, the Pre-Prospects program is a training environment that targets the province's brightest talents age 9-12 (currently players born in 2005, 2006, 2007). It is a player-centered program (not team based) focused entirely on the development of the individual.
The program runs in 2 seasons with a Summer Chapter, and a Winter Chapter. Each chapter begins with an talent ID process from which players will be invited to attend based on consultations with club & regional Technical Directors.
The fall/winter of 2017 will be the first intake for the 2008 age group.
The sessions will follow a curriculum developed by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and will be delivered by highly certified & experienced coaches. The program will be supported by multiple annual visits from Vancouver Whitecaps FC technical staff for development & scouting purposes.
In 2018 the NLSA will run provincial all-star teams for the following age groups:
• U13 (2005’s)
• U14 (2004’s)
• U15 (2003’s)
• U16 (2002’s)
• U18 (2001 & 00’s)
The provincial teams program will continue to operate as it has in the past with fall tryouts, weekend training camps, and Atlantic Championships in June/July 2017.
More info on the NLSA provincial teams program can be found here.
Formerly known as the NLSA High Performance Center, the Whitecaps Academy Prospects program is a “best with best” training environment for our province’s brightest U13-U17 talents. Operating under a technical curriculum from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the program is delivered by NLSA staff and supported by multiple annual visits from VWFC Technical staff for development and scouting purposes. As this program is directly linked to the Whitecaps Academy programs, there is potential for teams and/or players of distinction to visit Vancouver for training, competitions, or trials.