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Whitecaps FC to partner with Victoria’s Westcastle International Academy

Whitecaps FC to partner with Victoria’s Westcastle International Academy
Whitecaps FC to partner with Victoria’s Westcastle International Academy

Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System returns to Vancouver Island with programming beginning this fall

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced Tuesday that the club has entered into a partnership with Victoria’s Westcastle International Academy (WIA) as part of the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System. The club will begin the search for the head coach of the Whitecaps FC Vancouver Island BMO Academy Centre shortly, with programming set to begin in the fall of 2024.

“We are excited to establish our partnership with Westcastle International Academy in Victoria as the latest addition to our nationwide network,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC Sporting Director. “The work done at the grassroots level is vital to the growth of the sport in Canada and WIA is committed to continuing to have a significant impact on Vancouver Island. We look forward to working together.”

Westcastle International Academy is dedicated to developing youth soccer players on Vancouver Island and supporting them to reach their full potential. WIA is a member of the Lower Island Soccer Association and the Pacific Coast Soccer League. WIA’s primary goal is to create opportunities in the Canada Soccer Player Development Program, which aligns with the Canada Soccer Player Pathway.

“Westcastle International Academy is excited to join forces with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to expand the island’s player development pathway,” added WIA Executive Director Alexia Eiley. “We are confident that the Whitecaps FC program will help develop players who aspire to reach the top of youth soccer in Canada. Additionally, the ‘Caps to College’ program will open new doors for athletes on the competitive path and beyond, helping them achieve their college dreams.”

The Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System is dedicated to the continued development of soccer talent in Canada. The program offers players, coaches, clubs and associations across Canada the opportunity to partner with Whitecaps FC to grow and develop their soccer operations. Partner clubs benefit from technical services, curriculum, coach development, player development, talent identification and exclusive insider access to events and development pathway opportunities.

For more information about the programming and to express your interest, go HERE to ‘Prospects Academy’ and HERE to ‘Caps to College’.

About Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC is one of the longest running and successful professional soccer clubs in North America, having first started in 1974. Since 2011, the first men’s team has played in Major League Soccer, the highest division of professional soccer in the United States and Canada. Whitecaps FC is a fully integrated club, home to one of the most unique soccer development programs. Starting from the grassroots and including professional development academies for both boys and girls coast to coast, with the goal of providing a safe and welcoming environment so that all participants can thrive and reach their potential. For more information, visit whitecapsfc.com.