Soccer Academy Personnel | Student Achievement

The WV Schools’ Premier Soccer Academy is an athlete development program in the public school system that offers young soccer players the opportunity to complete their academic requirements in the morning and participate in soccer skill development training in the afternoon, all during school hours. Open to students in Grades 8-12 enrolled at any of our secondary schools, the program is strictly supplementary to the existing programs run by various community soccer clubs, and this program is not designed to establish or develop teams for competition.

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The Program Concept

The West Vancouver Schools’ Premier Soccer Academy is a wonderful program for the student who wants to develop his/her potential as a high performance athlete or just simply wants to learn and enjoy playing the game. Students enrolled full time at WVSS, Rockridge or Ecole Sentinel Secondary Schools have the opportunity to pursue the passion of playing soccer, while continuing to receive an excellent education.

Soccer Program Components

The “Every Other Day” Program

Week One

ComponentsTimeLocation or Facility
MondayOn-field training session1:45 - 3:00Ambleside all-weather turf fields
WednesdayAlternate activity indoors (indoor futsal; squash and soccer-specific fitness training)Futsal at Hollyburn Country Club gymnasium
Fitness training at Level 10 Fitness
Squash at Hollyburn Country Club squash courts
FridayOn-field training sessionAmbleside field

Week Two

ComponentsTimeLocation or Facility
TuesdayOn-field training session1:45 - 3:00Ambleside fields
ThursdayOn-field training session1:45 - 3:00Ambleside fields


  • Students are transported one-way by bus from their school to Ambleside on-field day.
  • Parents are then responsible for picking up the students at Ambleside at 3:00 p.m. at the conclusion of each on-field session.

Program Specifics

Planning 10 Mandatory

Students at the Grade 10 level must complete the mandatory Planning 10 course requirement. This course may form part of the student’s overall timetable of course selections in the mornings, or a student may complete the course online via correspondence or at summer school. Counsellors review each student’s course selections, follow up and provide recommendations if required.

Academic Credits for Students

All students in the Premier Soccer Academy receive credits similar to all the students in the regular program at any one of the three high schools. Through participation in the year-long Soccer Academy, students, Grades 8 & 9, receive Physical Education 8 or 9, as well as completion of the mandatory Grades 8 or 9 Health & Career Education courses.Students in Grades 10-12 not only receive Physical Education (10, 11 or 12), they also receive credits for our locally developed Board Authority Authorized (BAA) courses: Theory & Principles of Soccer 10, 11 & 12.

Assessment & Evaluation

Students’ skills and fitness levels are continually monitored. Coaches then work with the students to set goals and objectives for the year.Our coaching staff plan their lessons and sessions based on the on-going needs or progress of the students. We emphasize to our students the importance of forming good habits for success, not only in soccer, but also in school and in their relationships with others. Students are encouraged to be consistent in areas such as focus, work ethic, and attitude during all training sessions. Within the classroom component, students are monitored and assessed as they are encouraged to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key topics, submit quality class and homework assignments, display excellent overall effort and cooperate well with their peers.

Tremendous Value!

The Premier Soccer Academy provides the following:

  • Premier places for learning: Any one of our 3 Secondary Schools: West Vancouver Secondary, Rockridge Secondary or Ecole Sentinel Secondary Schools
  • Premier facilities: Ambleside All-Weather Fields, Twist Conditioning Training Center, Chartwell Elementary School Gym, Hollyburn Country Club, Game Ready Fitness
  • WVSD supports the Sports Academy format playing an integral & important role
  • Director of Instruction, along with classroom teachers, closely supervise and monitor student progress both within the Academy as well as within the academic setting
  • Full Year Program: Includes on-field soccer skill development training, physical fitness & soccer specific dryland training, as well as topics of relevance in the classroom component for student-athletes
  • Students are transported one-way to the facilities

Excellent, qualified and competent instructors/teachers

  • Ratio of 1 instructor to 8-12 students
  • Goalie instructor for goalkeepers
  • Exposure to soccer-specific training
  • On-going daily assessment all year
  • Parent-teacher interviews offered to parents
  • Annual year-end recognition event
  • All students receive Physical Education credits
  • Grades 8 & 9 students complete Health & Career Education course
  • Grades 10-12 receive credits for locally developed BAA courses: Theory & Principles of Soccer
  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) offered to eligible students in Grades 10, 11 & 12
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Fact Sheet

Students must be registered full time at one of the district’s secondary schools: West Vancouver Secondary, Rockridge Secondary or Ecole Sentinel Secondary.

  • Male or Female
  • Grades 8 – 12
  • A minimum of C+ average is expected academically
  • Good to excellent work habits are expected in each subject area
  • Good to excellence is expected in the area of social responsibility

Additional information on tuition & fees:

  • Clothing Kit: Jacket, pants, t-shirts, jersey; shorts, socks (and optional items).Cost to be determined by parents’ selection of items
  • Water bottle: Students are expected to bring a water bottle to all on-field & off-field sessions
  • Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance (IAP): 24 hr/day 7 days per week $31.95 per year (OPTIONAL)

Tuition $4500 per year. Fee divided into 10 equal payments @ $450/mnth x 10 months (Sept. – Jun.)

Acceptance & Eligibility

Students selected to participate in the West Vancouver Schools’ Premier Soccer Academy must provide a report card that indicates good progress in academic subject areas, as well evidence of socially responsible behaviour, a good work ethic and an overall positive attitude.

A copy of the student’s report card is a requirement. Parents are encouraged to scan a copy of the student’s most recent report card ( when registering.

Please note that registration to the Soccer Academy program is separate from registration to the school itself. Parents whose students are not in-catchment or parents whose students are not attending one of the school’s feeder elementary schools, must also register on-line to the secondary school itself.

In-catchment families can register on-line to the school anytime. Out-of-catchment families may register to the school of choice as soon as this is available (e.g. mid-January). Parents are encouraged to check with the school regarding the date that registrations are being accepted. Once registration has been received and students have been accepted into the program, parents are asked to bring all necessary documentation to the school’s main office.

In addition, parents of students going into Grades 9-12 must also contact the school’s counsellor to review course selections.

Contact Information

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575

If your student is interested in attending the Premier Soccer Academy, please complete and submit an online registration form:

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