The Vancouver Island Soccer Academy is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with North Coast FC, which is the recent merger between the Petaluma Soccer Club and Sonoma County Alliance. The benefit to members of the Vancouver Island Soccer Academy may soon emerge, as we are currently exploring the following options:
- a special trip (for a select group of players) this spring down the the Sonoma Valley in Northern California to introduce ourselves to North Coast FC
- there will be potential for a select few VISA players to join North Coast FC teams participating in “Showcase Events” if and when they require additional players
The long term vision is as follows:
- to enable VISA players to join the North Coast FC Teams entering “Showcase Events” as guest players, or perhaps combing to make traveling teams
- to develop familiarity and relationships with one another in an effort to provide further opportunity for individuals interested in exploring the game beyond the Comox Valley
- to host groups from North Coast FC at the VISA Residential Camp location on Denman Island and play competitive games against our guests from North Coast FC
Historically, Shel Brodsgaard (prior to his tenure as the CSA National Teams Goalkeeper Coach) would travel periodically down to the Sonoma Valley to work with the Ziemer Brothers (initially to make contact with Frans Hoek, who is one of the leading goalkeeping instructors in the world- Ajax FC, Barcelona FC, Dutch National Team). From these experiences Shel was able to establish several long term friendships with many of the professional coaches in the area. Recently, Shel have reached out to some of these contacts and has been able to form this remarkable opportunity for youth to explore soccer, soccer, soccer. The initial stages of this relationship will provide exciting opportunities for you to explore and serve as a foundation for continued growth and involvement within the game of soccer!