Pro soccer team holds youth camps in Harbour Grace
Young soccer players looking to sharpening their skills with or without the ball may want to consider keeping their schedule open towards the end of July. That’s because the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club — a Major League Soccer team — is hosting a youth camp in Harbour Grace July 24-28.
Soccer players in Harbour Grace and surrounding communities can look forward to a big opportunity this summer.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association recently partnered with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. As part of the partnership, Whitecaps FC is supporting a special youth camp in Harbour Grace next month, July 24-28. Under seven and under 11 sessions will run in the mornings, with under 12 and under 16 camps taking up the afternoon.
Whitecaps FC and the NLSA will also collaborate on high performance programs, including plans to run prospects programs for boys and girls ages U-13 to U-17, as well as preprospects programs at the U-12 level.
ID camps will serve as an entry window for the programs. ID camps for boys will take place between June 27-29 and July 3-5 for girls.
Players will be invited to attend these camps based on consultations with club and regional technical directors. Invitations will be emailed in early June.
Several players will then be chosen from the ID camps to attend the pre-prospects programming, which takes place every Monday afternoon starting July 17, running until the end of September 2017.
CBN Minor Soccer’s Don Coombs says he’s very excited about the programs, and can see it taking local soccer players to the levels they’ve always dreamed about.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for any soccer players in the area,” said Coombs. “It’s not just for children, it’s not just for older players, everyone’s getting the chance to improve their skills and really make a name, and possibly a career, for themselves in the sport, and I think that’s great.”
Coombs added that soccer in the province has been doing much better in recent years, and that this partnership will only improve things further.
“Soccer’s been doing really well in the province for a while now. It’s a pretty popular sport,” Coombs explained. “I think that’s because it’s so easy to get into. It’s not like hockey, where you need to spend hundreds of dollars on skates, sticks, and everything else. With soccer, you just need a pair of cleats. We provide uniforms. I always tell parents to just buy the cheapest cleats you can find, because at the end of the day, it’s their kids’ love of the sport that’s going to get them far, not the price of the cleats they wear.”
Top players from the province will be monitored and evaluated for the full-time professional club environment in Vancouver through the Whitecaps FC Residency and Girls Elite REX programs.