Lethbridge ‘Caps to College

Be part of the Whitecaps Collegiate network. Led by Sam Heap, 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. U15 to U19 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 head coach, Sam Heap, delivering a technical services contract and connecting LSA players and staff to enhanced opportunities and resources within the Whitecaps club system and Canadian network

Learn more about ‘Caps to College

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Boys + Girls C2C Academy

Age Group: U15-U19
Tryout: September 25th
Sessions: October 6 – April 16
Training Kit: Click on the Equipment tab for detailed information
Price: $1,250 + GST (click on the Fees tab for payment plans and event details)

Cohort #1
Age Group: U15 (Girls Blue), U15 (Boys Blue), and U17 (Girls)
Days/Time: Tuesday – 4:00 – 5:30 pm / Friday – 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Cohort #2
Age Group: U17 (Boys), U19 (Co-ed)
Days/Time: Thursday – 4:00 – 5:30 pm / Friday – 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Highlights:   

By evaluation and selection only

1. Execute your scholarship strategy through workshops and presentations

  • How the recruiting process works
  • Get the tools for success and promotion to targeted schools
  • Develop an attractive player profile and quality highlight video

2. Accelerate qualities prized by collegiate coaches

  • Perform on-field with specialized technical sessions
  • Maximize conditioning, nutrition and mental toughness
  • Learn baseline fitness measurements and testing protocols

 3. Showcase your talent at travel events/tournaments

  • Note: Any travel events are pending provincial guidelines and Covid restrictions

Registration by invitation only.  Register your interest above.

For additional information, please contact:

Sam Heap (Head Coach Lethbridge): sheap@whitecapsfc.com
Whitecaps FC Administrator: gopro@whitecapsfc.com or toll-free 1.855.932.1932

Cohort #1

Age Group: U15-U17
Tryout: September 25th
Days/Time: Tuesday – 4:00 – 5:30 pm / Friday – 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Sessions: Oct 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Nov 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
Dec 1, 4
Jan 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
Feb 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26
Mar 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Apr 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

Cohort #2

Age Group: U17-U19
Tryout: September 25th
Days/Time: Thursday – 4:00 – 5:30 pm / Friday – 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Sessions: Oct 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Nov 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Dec 3, 4
Jan 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Mar 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Apr 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Virtual Academy

Add on the Whitecaps Virtual Academy to your training plan! Elevate your performance with live personalized supplemental coaching from Whitecaps head staff.

Click here for more info.

All new players require a Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre training kit and track suit:

  • Valid for at least two years
  • Mandatory training kit: jersey $50 + taxes
  • Optional: shorts $30, socks $10 + taxes
  • Optional track suit: jacket $70, pants $60 + taxes

Important Note: Please use this sizing chart for your order. Exchanges will not be available.

All accepted players will be asked to commit to the following annual payment information:

Price: $1,250 + GST (Required apparel is not included)

  • $250 + tax due upon acceptance into the program
  • $200 + tax in automatic monthly payments from your credit card on Nov 1, Dec 1, Jan 1, Feb 1, Mar 1

Fees include the following:  

  • Scholarship strategy planning presentations & workshops
  • On-field specialized technical training sessions
  • Strength and conditioning, nutrition and psychology support
  • Baseline testing and evaluation measurements
  • Your profiles on the Whitecaps online recruiting portal

Fees do not cover any scheduled travel events

  • Any transportation, accommodation, food, and supervision are a separate fee from the monthly payment plan
  • Any travel events are pending provincial guidelines and Covid restrictions

Sam Heap
Associate 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_2Ryan Clark
Manager; Collegiate Transition & Identification Events

Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Port Moody, BC
Citizenship: Canadian
Years with Whitecaps FC: 6
Previous Club: Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club 
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

It starts with a goal

Whitecaps FC and BMO share a commitment to developing soccer talent across the country. With World Cup 2026 fast approaching, the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System helps provide a foundation for Canada’s soccer future.

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> BMO ACADEMY CENTRES

A coast-to-coast network of Academy Centres identifies young talent and provides a gateway to professional soccer, scholarships, and the Canadian national teams, including a pathway to Vancouver with the Boys MLS Academy and the Girls Elite REX program.
Provincial Centres are in many cases in partnership with provincial soccer associations. Players identified here have a pathway to the Whitecaps Boys Residency and Girls Elite REX programs in Vancouver. BC Centres are part of the local pathway and provide players with an opportunity to support selection to the BCSPL (BC Soccer Premier League), as well as the Whitecaps Prospects, and full time academies. All centres are supported by the Whitecaps Caps to College program.

> PRE-BOYS MLS ACADEMY AND PRE-GIRLS ELITE

Prior to entering the Boys MLS Academy and Girls Elite REX teams, players can also be selected into the Full time and funded Whitecaps FC Pre-MLS Academy and Whitecaps FC Pre-Girls Elite program. Players at U-14 players train four times per week with regular competitive matches against select competition which also includes tournament travel. In addition a part-time U-13 program includes select players remaining with their BCSPL club, and training with Whitecaps FC once per week.

> WHITECAPS FC BOYS MLS ACADEMY

A full-time, fully funded player development program. The Academy is designed to maximize a player’s potential on and off the field through a “soccer lifestyle” philosophy linking technical, personal development and education. The program includes over 65 players with the Academy housing U-15, U-17 and U-19 teams that play in the new MLS Elite Youth Development League.
The Academy continues to develop top young talent from across Canada at the club’s new Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) which opened in 2017. In the past year, five players from the Academy ranks have signed MLS contracts with the Whitecaps FC first team, with Academy graduate Alphonso Davies making an MLS record transfer to perennial German Bundesliga

> WHITECAPS FC GIRLS ELITE REX

Whitecaps FC, BC Soccer, and Canada Soccer have partnered together to deliver a Super REX (Regional EXCEL) Centre, which brings together top female prospects from across Canada to attend school, train, and play together on a daily basis.
This Super Rex program is one of only three in Canada – (BC, Ontario and Quebec) welcoming the very best U-14 to U-18 high performance female players on a pathway to national team and scholastic opportunities.
Across Canada the Whitecaps FC identify and select players by working together with Canada Soccer, and through official partnerships with the provincial associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Recent Academy graduate Jordyn Huitema is a key member of the Canadian national team and has recently signed with French Division 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

> WHITECAPS CAPS TO COLLEGE

College and university scholarship opportunities are one of the goals of the BMO Academy System. Players have support from Whitecaps head coaching staff and college transition experts to prepare for the best opportunity to play in college and university.
Off Field the program is Led by Whitecaps Manager of Collegiate Transition, Ryan Clark who works towards supporting and executing player scholarship strategies.

> WHITECAPS BMO ACADEMY CENTRE HPP (High Potential Prospects)

Recognizing the need to connect players across the academy network beyond training, the Whitecaps HPP program provides some exciting network opportunities, incentives and recruitment for identified players while training in their respective academy locations.

BC HPP

  • Influence and identify HPP’s across BC
  • Specialized training and event opportunities in Vancouver.
  • Training and competing with Whitecaps FC Academy centre teams at selected tournaments.
  • Scouting opportunities and placement with partnered BCSPL clubs.

Provincial HPP

  • Influence and identify HPP’s across Canada
  • Player identification events for entry into Whitecaps FC Boys MLS Academy and Girls Elite REX Programs

U13 and U14 – (2007 & 2006)

  • November – Select teams invited from each BMO provincial academy centre
  • February – Small group of players may return February for further assessment
  • April – Smaller group of players come back in April for further assessment
  • May – Final selections

U15 and U16 – potential U17 and U18

  • March break – Team combine
  • Players identified – either stay for another week or come back in April
  • May – Final selections


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

Development Squad: An 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.

BMO Academy Centres: A 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.

Safety Protocols

All new policies and procedures were set in accordance with Canada Soccer’s Return to Soccer guidelines.
Here’s an overview of all the new processes and procedures we’re introducing.

  • Safety Officer at every location
  • Enhanced hygiene and sanitization
  • Comprehensive, carefully-planned procedures

For more information on Safety Protocols, please click here.

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.

Questions?
Whitecaps FC Administration – gopro@whitecapsfc.com or 1.855.932.1932