Professional coaching at all age groups
Starting at U6 and going all the way to U18, we have put together programs that meet the unique needs of our players as they move through the various ages. Here is how players at various ages are supported at the team level by staff coaches.
U5-U8: Active Start Program. VUFC launched this progressive program in 2013-14 for U5 to U7 players and will add U8 to it after a highly successful and well-received first year. Active Start is offered in three eight week terms (fall, winter and spring). Players can sign up for any or all terms. All fall and spring sessions are on artificial turf. Winter sessions for U5 are in a gym while U6 players have the option of choosing to remain outside or go into a gym. U7 players remain outside in the winter term. All sessions are overseen by VUFC Academy coaches using practice plans, circulated to coaches well beforehand, that are fully compliant with the Canadian Soccer Association's (CSA) Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model.
U9 to U18: VanU Team Support (VTS)
VUFC provides support for all its teams through the VTS program. All teams have a staff coach run at least three training sessions over the course of the season. Staff coaches also attend up to two games to provide input and support as well as ideas for future training sessions. The Club's Technical Director, Gus Karvelis, books staff coaches in to work with the teams and ensures the age appropriate session plans are communicated to the teams' coaches ahead of time so they know what to expect and can participate in the session.
Information on the various VanU Academy programs is available here