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BC Soccer and Whitecaps FC Form Partnership

Posted on 26 October 2004 in Around the Soccer World

Vancouver, BC - The governing body of soccer in BC; British Columbia Soccer Association, and the professional soccer Club of BC, Whitecaps FC, announced today a new partnership to enhance and streamline player development in BC. The goal is to better develop players for selection to Provincial teams; National Youth Teams and Senior teams and the Whitecaps Men's and Women's teams.

“The Vancouver Whitecaps are excited to become a partner in this province wide player development model. This bold initiative is a testament to the leadership of the Provincial Association, its members and the professional club,” says Bob Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps Director of Soccer Operations.

“Both organizations understand to move soccer forward in BC and ultimately in Canada we have to come together for the good of the game and player development,” says BCSA President Victor Montagliani. “With the establishment of the District Development Centre Program a new province wide player development model will now be in place throughout British Columbia which will bring together the pillars of player development; community club to provincial programs, to professional teams and finally National team programs.”

The emphasis will still be to empower and support the foundation of player development which is Community Club and District club programs. BC Soccer will enhance and build on this foundation by clarifying player development through District Development Centres (DDCs,) which will operate regionally throughout BC, in the Interior, the North, on the Island, the North Shore, and in Greater Vancouver.

The Whitecaps new training centre at SFU will operate as the Greater Vancouver DDC and will be one of the partners in development within British Columbia. The Whitecaps are showing their commitment to this program by announcing that Tony Fonseca will be moving over from the Whitecaps Men's Head coaching position to become the Whitecaps full time DDC Technical director.

Community Club programs will be encouraged to recommend players for DDC training. Eventually this process will allow DDCs to facilitate the evaluation process for the Provincial program, as well as two key soccer development leagues – Super Y League and IPL (Intra Provincial League).

“We're very happy to be part of the official BC Soccer development model,” says Matte Weibe, USL Super Y League Director. “With the Whitecaps playing in the Men's A-league, and the Women's W-League, it makes sense for the Super Y-League to be part of the youth soccer development model in BC helping to develop players for provincial, national team, and professional opportunities.”

“I'd like to acknowledge both BC Soccer and the Whitecaps for their leadership and initiative,” says CSA President Andy Sharpe. “This is the type of partnership that keeps us moving in the right direction and we look forward to working together with both BC Soccer and the Whitecaps to continue to move player development forward in Canada.”

For more information please visit www.bcsoccer.net or www.whitecapsfc.com Enquiries can also be made to Keith Ryan at the BCSA 604.299.6401 and Bob Lenarduzzi at 604.669.9283

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