VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club’s Northern Academy Centre network has expanded west to include programs in Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Kitimat. The new programs are in partnership with the Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association (PRYSA), the Terrace Youth Soccer Association (TYSA), and the Kitimat Youth Soccer Association (KYSA). They join current programs at the main Northern Academy Centre in Prince George, as well as the Cariboo.
“We’re thrilled to expand our programs in Northern BC to include Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Kitimat,” said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development. “We thank the local soccer associations for their tremendous efforts in partnering together, notably Mike Cavin from the PRYSA, Sean Bujtas from the TYSA, and Alex Ramos-Espinoza from the KYSA. Bringing high level coaching and programs to these communities is part of our long-term vision to support BC Soccer and Canada Soccer in growing the game in our province, and throughout the country.”
Participation in the Northwest BC Prospects Academy is by invite only. All players must go through an evaluation process to be selected. The inaugural evaluations will take place between April 18 to 23, with programs starting in May. Information on registration and locations will be posted at a later date at whitecapsfc.com/princerupert and whitecapsfc.com/terracekitimat. Those interested in registering for the upcoming spring programs can sign-up at the link below.