VanU Academy - Spring 2023 Registration Now Open!

Mondays: Small Sided Games or Technical Skills

Fridays: Striker or Goalkeeper

The Academy is VanU’s professional coaching arm.  It is responsible for program, player and coach training and development for all youth players, teams and coaches. The Academy also develops and operates additional training programs for those players wanting enhanced skills and tactical training. It operates under the oversight of the Technical Committee which reports through the chair to the Board of Directors. It is run by the Technical Director who reports to the Executive Director.  The Technical Director hires professional Technical Lead coaches and staff coaches to develop and operate its programs.  The Academy supplies professional staff to assist in the operation of First Kicks and Divisional teams. The Academy attempts to offer extra training programs for all levels of play if there is sufficient demand.  These programs are offered in the evenings during the week while in season.  It also offers week long daytime mid-term break and summer camps.

This program is aimed at Van U players who are keen and want a high level program through the spring.

Monday Spring Academy: Small Sided Games or Technical Skills

Dates: Mondays April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 29, June 5, 12 (no session on Victoria Day)

Cost: $220 for either program

Small Sided Games Academy

The Small Sided Games Academy is based on a 4v4 or 5v5 games format.  The smaller setup allows everyone to be part of the game and coaches can guide players to learn a specific skills through game based learning.

Girls2014/2015 bornJericho TurfMondays 6pm-7pm
Girls2011, 2012, 2013 bornJericho TurfMondays 5pm-6pm
Boys2014/2015 bornUBC Mini FieldMondays 5pm-6pm
Boys2013 bornUBC Mini FieldMondays 6pm-7pm
Boys2011/2012 bornUBC Mini FieldMondays 7pm-8pm
Boys2008, 2009, 2010 bornUBC Mini FieldMondays 8pm - 9pm

Technical Skills Academy

This program curriculum revolves around the technical development and skill acquisition of the individual player and its focus revolves mainly around the player and the ball.  Game play may be involved but the majority of the time spent will be ball/player centred.

Girls & Boys2014, 2015, 2016 bornJericho TurfMondays 5pm-6pm
Girls & Boys2011, 2012, 2013 bornJericho TurfMondays 6pm-7pm

Friday Spring Academy: Striker or Goalkeeper

Dates: Fridays April 14, 21, 28 May 5, 12, 26, June 2, 9 (no session Victoria Day long weekend)

Cost: $220 for either program

Striker Academy

This program is designed to ensure players taking part get a maximum amount of repetitions in and around the goal. The curriculum will be a variety of finishing activities and game-like scenarios where they can fine tune their goal scoring skills. Training groups are fluid and players will be grouped with like minded players to maximize their experience within the program.

Girls & Boys2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 bornUHill Secondary TurfFridays 5:30pm-6:45pm
Girls & Boys2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 bornUHill Secondary TurfFridays 6:45pm-8:00pm

Goalkeeper Academy

This program is designed for trained or aspiring goalkeepers who are looking for GK based skill acquisition through high repetition, game realistic situations, and dynamic problem solving. The curriculum will involve all fundamental GK skills including (but not limited to) footwork, handling, diving, high balls/crosses, 1v1s, reaction saves, distribution, and general shot stopping techniques. The program will involve consistent training groups where individual coaches can track each players progress and give in depth feedback pertaining to their long term development.

Girls & Boys2011, 2012, 2013 bornUHill Secondary TurfFridays 5:30pm-6:45pm
Girls & Boys2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 bornUHill Secondary TurfFridays 6:45pm-8:00pm