Welcome to Albion FC
A Message from Technical Director, John Sneddon
Thanks to all of you who have signed up for the fall season. As Technical Director of Albion FC I look forward to working with all of you to create one of the best grassroots soccer clubs that is firmly rooted in our community. As a club we fully endorse the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) program of the Canadian Soccer Association that places the development of children as its “ultimate goal.” I have been asked a lot of questions about next season so the following hopefully will answer many of these inquiries regarding programs, coach education and the role of the Albion Technical Staff. If you have any questions that are not covered please feel free to email me.
GRASSROOTS I U4-U5 Parent and Child will run from mid-September to end of October 2015 on Sunday afternoons. This is a six week fun-filled experience for both parent and child. Children, jointly with their parent, learn the basic elements of physical literacy within a soccer related environment. Each session is one hour in length led by our Adult Albion FC Technical Staff who have completed the Active Start Certification Stage 1 of the LTPD Canadian Soccer Association. We are also planning a spring session in 2016 that will run for six weeks. We hope to have Upper Albion Park as the location of the program.
GRASSROOTS I U6-U7 will operate from mid-September 2015 to March 2016. All sessions will take place on Saturdays. All sessions will be run by the Adult Albion FC Technical Staff who have completed FUNdamentals Stage 2 of the LTPD Canadian Soccer Association. This program focuses on physical literacy for 5 and 6 year olds featuring the development of basic soccer skills in a co-ed environment. As per the name given to this stage of soccer development FUN through soccer related games and activities is “the ultimate goal.”
GRASSROOTS II U8-U10 is team based with Parent Volunteer Coaches closely mentored by the Albion FC Technical Staff. All our U8 to U10 boys and girls will be placed on ‘house’ teams that will compete against local clubs. In our first year our teams played against Abbotsford and Langley FC. We are hoping to complete against other local clubs in the coming seasons. The Albion FC Technical staff will be evaluating all our players from August onward through the fall and will select players to play in ‘prospect’ games against Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Langley FC during the fall of 2015. House league games will be on Saturdays while the ‘prospect’ games will take place on various Sundays. We hope to have the schedule for both house and ‘prospect’ games completed for distribution to parents and players prior to the start of the first league game.
SUPER 8s U11 AND U12 Boys and Girls teams will play against other clubs in and out of the Alouette District. We will have both ‘house’ and ‘select’ teams in both ages and genders. For all these players the Albion FC Technical staff will evaluate players from August through to March. The evaluation of players is an on-going process and the pathway for Albion FC players is toward the Fraser Valley BCSPL franchise. We already have graduates of an earlier U6-U7 program playing in the BCSPL and we will endeavour to develop more players to that level. At all levels of skill we will endeavour to make their soccer experience an enjoyable one whether it is ‘house’, ‘select’ or ‘elite’.
DIVISIONAL U13 TO U18 Boys and Girls teams will compete in 5 District and BC Coastal Girls respectively. We will have more teams in divisional to add to our U17 Girls who were Champions this year beating Aldergrove FC 3-2 in a very well contested game this spring.
SPRING AND FALL LEAGUE ACADEMIES will be operated by the Albion FC Technical Staff for any players who wish extra training in the game. Presently we have our Spring League Academy training in April and games going into June. We hope to set aside Monday nights as the day for Fall League Academy but more details will follow once we are given our field assignments in July. In both cases Albion FC Academies are NOT MANDATORY and we hope to attract players of all skill levels to help them improve and make them more successful in the game.
COACH EDUCATION is a main priority for this club. We had some of our coaches take Soccer for Life (S4L) this year and hope to have another S4L in the fall. With the cooperation of the Abbotsford Soccer Club we will jointly host FUNdamentals (aimed at coaching 6-8 year olds) August 22 and Learning to Train (aimed at coaching 9-12 year olds) August 29 and 30 at Bateman Park. I strongly encourage all coaches at these age levels to take these courses.
I hope the above helps you understand where our club will be heading and the programs we will be delivering.
"Where Kids are the Ultimate Goal"