Lethbridge ‘Caps to College

Be part of the Whitecaps Collegiate network. Led by Sam Heap (Whitecaps FC Lethbridge head coach), and supported by Whitecaps Manager of Collegiate Transition Ryan Clark, the Lethbridge ‘Caps 2 College (C2C) academy provides players with the best opportunity to play in college and university with Whitecaps head coaching staff and college transition experts. 2008-2004 players are selected for specialized C2C training, Showcase events, and Scholarship strategy planning.

The Whitecaps are in partnership with LSA – Lethbridge Soccer Association. This includes our head coach, delivering a technical services contract and connecting LSA players and staff to enhanced opportunities and resources within the Whitecaps club system and Canadian network


2 Sessions a week (total: 36 Sessions), including:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Education Sessions
  • Guest Coaches Sessions
  • Pre-Tournament Meeting
  • Meeting with Collegiate Manager Ryan Clark
  • Execute your scholarship strategy
  • How the recruiting process works
  • Get the tools for success and promotion.
  • Develop an attractive player profile and video
  • Get your profile on the Whitecaps recruiting portal
  • Accelerate qualities prized by collegiate coaches
  • Maximize conditioning, nutrition and mental toughness
  • Learn baseline fitness measurements and testing protocols
  • Showcase your talent at travel events/tournaments

About the Program

Age Group: 2008-2004
Location: Servus Sports Centre
Period: Jan 30 – Jun 19 
Showcase: Apr 6 – Apr 9 (click here to see the schedule)
Price: $900 + taxes and fees. All accepted players will be asked to commit to the following annual payment information:
    – On registration: $180 + taxes and fees.
    – 4 automated credit card payments of $180 + taxes and fees: Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 15, and May 15

Fees do not Include: 
– Required Training Kit. Please click on the Apparel tab.

Any scheduled travel events. Transportation, accommodation, food, and supervision are a separate fee from the payment plan.

Age Group: 2008-2004
Practice Day: 2 times a week (TBA)
Period: Jan 30 – Jun 19 
(training days to be communicated by coach Sam Heap)

Premier Spring Showcase 6-9 April

Players in the C2C Program will be expected to attend the Premier Spring Showcase. This event in Vancouver is the perfect opportunity to get noticed and build connections for possible future recruitment.

Full details and costings will be available soon

April 6th

  • Watch combine games
  • Education session (potential with coaches at combine already)
  • Team-bonding
  • Evening sessions

April 7-9th

  • Tournament
  • Leave home after the tournament

All players require a Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre training kit (jersey, shorts, socks):
– Mandatory: Jersey $50, Shorts $30, Socks $10. All plus taxes.

Players do have the option to purchase a Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre track suit:
– Optional: Jacket $70, Pants $60. All plus taxes.
– Important note: any players that participate in any showcase events or travel trips will be required to wear a track suit for the event.

Note for all apparel – Please use this sizing chart for your order. Exchanges will not be available.

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Sam Heap
BMO Lethbridge Academy Head Coach

Birthplace: Accrington, Lancashire, England      
Hometown: Accrington
Citizenship: British
Years with Whitecaps FC: 6         
Previous Clubs: Nelson Youth Soccer, East Kootenay Youth Soccer, Lethbridge Soccer Association
Certifications: BA Hons. Degree Sports Coaching & Development, CSA National Licence, FA level 2
Playing Experience: Clitheroe FC, Nelson FC, Rossendale United FC, Colne FC, Padiham FC
Coaching Experience: Clitheroe FC, Nelson FC  
Email: sheap@whitecapsfc.com


Ryan Clark
Manager; Collegiate Transition & Identification Events

Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Port Moody, BC
Citizenship: Canadian
Years with Whitecaps FC: 6
Certifications: Degree in Marketing & Public Relations from Univ. of Illinois, Canadian Management Centre Certification through Simon Fraser Univ. in business strategic planning, Sport for Life 501-working with athletes with disabilities, completed Aboriginal Coaching Modules training, Respect in Sport Leader Program  
Email: rclark@whitecapsfc.com

Sam Heap
BMO Lethbridge Academy Head Coach
Email: sheap@whitecapsfc.com

Whitecaps FC Administrator
Email: gopro@whitecapsfc.com


Professional: Players aspire to reach and play for the Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer (MLS)

Development SquadAn extension of the First Team, bridging the club’s top academy prospects and MLS roster

Boys MLS Academy / Girls Elite REX: Full-time, fully funded, player development programs. Provides a soccer lifestyle philosophy integrating technical, education, and personal development

BC Soccer Provincial Program: Players are identified through the BC Soccer Premier League and BC Soccer Provincial Program

BMO Academy CentresA coast-to-coast network of Centres and staff identify young talent and provide a gateway to professional soccer, scholarships, and national teams programs, including a pathway to Vancouver with the Boys MLS Academy and the Girls Elite REX program

Camps / Tournaments / Clinics: Events and camps provide opportunities to be developed and identified

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct establishes principles for team officials, players, parents, guardians, and spectators to ensure soccer is a fun, safe, and positive experience for all. It is a condition that all participants read and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct at all times. Failure to comply with them will result in action from Whitecaps FC.

  • Respect everyone and everything
  • Leave things better off then you found them
  • Do the best you can

For more information on our Code of Conduct, please click here.

Safe Sport

At Whitecaps FC providing a safe and supportive environment for athletes to practice, learn, compete, and achieve their best is one of our primary objectives. We are committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, and non-discriminatory environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.
Please click here for more information on Safe Sport.

Refund requests

1. Received more than 14 days before the start of a phase, will be subject to a 10% administration fee on the registration amount paid.
2. Received less than 14 days but more than 2 days before the start of a phase, will be subject to a 20% administration fee on the registration amount paid.
3. Received less than 2 days before the start of a phase will not be granted.
4. Registration refunds for medical reasons can only be processed upon receipt of a note from a medical professional. These refunds will be subject to a 10% administration fee, plus a fee for any sessions transpired.
5. Approved refunds can take up to six weeks to process.
6. No partial refunds will be issued for individual sessions missed by the participant.
7. Whitecaps FC reserves the right to move players to the appropriate training group.
8. In the event that a session is cancelled due to weather, we will do our best to reschedule.
9. Every player participating in the academy is required to be registered with a soccer club in their province.

Whitecaps FC Administration – gopro@whitecapsfc.com or 1.855.932.1932