The 13 to 14 year olds practice faking out defenders at the Whitecaps Castlegar Skills Camp on Monday.

Kootenay kids got skills

The Whitecaps started a week-long soccer skills camp in Castlegar on Monday.

Chelsea Novak

 

Castlegar News

 

“Play!” shouted coach Sam Heap, and the 12 to 14 year olds at the Whitecap Castlegar Skills Camp ran forward to play the ball, faking out fellow players acting as defenders.

Next to them on the field, the 11 to 12 year olds performed the same drill, leaping into action as coach Dylan Bennett yelled “Play!”

On the other side of the field, the younger players, the nine to ten year olds, and the seven to eight year olds, practiced different drills, learning other skill sets.

This is the second year Castlegar has hosted a skills camp. The Whitecaps are working closely with Castlegar Minor Soccer Assocation and Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association to put on the camp.

“We’re obviously trying to help grow the game, and promote this area that’s producing quite a lot of talented soccer players,” said Brett Adams, the Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy Centre head coach.

To further promote soccer talent in the area, the Whitecaps are introducing a pre-prospect centre to Castlegar in September where young players can train, and hopefully go onto a prospect centre.

For now the closest one is in Nelson, but if there’s enough interest, the centre in Castlegar could eventually become a full prospect centre.

Players who make the prospect centre can expect to play against their peers from other centres across BC, participate in tournaments, watch the Whitecaps, and be seen by scouts.

“We have had boys from the Kootenays that  have gone on to have full tryouts with the residency teams,” said Adams. “The goal in the next few years is to have a Kootenay player make the residency teams, and then maybe one day produce a professional soccer player.”

 

The path for girls is slightly different. The girls go through the Whitecaps Girls Elite REX program, which feeds into Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program, giving them a shot to  represent Canada in a World Cup someday.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sweet way to raise money for furry friends in need

Fundraiser underway until March 1 at West Kootenay Animal Clinic

Trucking company fined $175K for Lemon Creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

Interior Health leading the way with innovative therapy for stroke patients

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received treatment has risen dramatically

Trail open house part of Basin-wide public engagement

Trail event goes Thursday, March 12 from 2-6 p.m., and guided discussion from 6-8 p.m.

Fashion Fridays: Tammy’s big makeover

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

Conservative MP questions whether rail blockades constitute terrorism

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett travelled to B.C. to meet Indigenous leaders

Lawsuit over African mine can be heard in British Columbia: Supreme Court

B.C. courts dismissed Nevsun’s attempts to make Eritrea the forum for any lawsuit proceedings

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Most Read