Any good private soccer Academies out there these days?
I have had my kids enrolled in several academies over the years and I'll be honest, the level of training is very similar across the board. REally, the training doesnt differ that much between club academies. Where the difference lies is in the players that attend. You may see TSS around a lot, and thats because they have a lot of players attending and are promoted well.
"they have a lot of players attending...." kinda answers the question doesn't it?
I agree with easoccer, I am going a bit off topic here so bare with...But what are the quality? How many of those players were developed by them and at what level are they playing? Even more important of a question is what is the drive of the player? Is the player motivated to succeed and grow into a someone who will play in College or pro? IMHO spending money on a year around academy isnt really necessary unless the player meets those criteria. Extra training through a club academy at a couple hundred for a season should suit most.
But I digress. When evalutaing a place for a young player to train at such a TSS it would be wise to ask for a trial and see for yourself. Do you suit them? Do they suit you? Regardless of the success of the Academy the coaching style and or curriculum could conflict with the player.
EASOCCER made a comment that he finds that all academies including the Club Academies seem to be the same across the board. Opposite from my experience, I know of many parents have expressed that some academies are completely different that others, and are using European methods to train.
Now I have seen several Academies with this same approach. Barcelona Academy, Volf Academy and Premiere Soccer Academy outlining this approach specifically within their website.
I have had my kids enrolled in several academies over the years and I'll be honest, the level of training is very similar across the board. Raally, the training doesnt differ that much between club academies. Where the difference lies is in the players that attend. You may see TSS around a lot, and thats because they have a lot of players attending and are promoted well.
This thread caught my eye, partially because it's never talked about in the open. After reading the comments above, I noticed no one has listed all the private Academies in the lower mainland. After an extensive google search, I have compiled the following list:
Premiere Soccer Academy
Primo Sports Academy
Roman Tulis Academy
East Vancouver Soccer Academy
Elite Soccer Academy
I have gone to each website and from my findings, the geographical breakdown is:
TSS - Richmond / Vancouver area
Whitecaps - Lower Mainland / BC Interior Regions
Primo Sports Academy - Vancouver Area
Blaise Academy - Vancouver Area
Barelona Academy - Burnaby Area
Roman Tulis Academy - Burnaby Area
Europa Academy - Vancouver Area
Volf Academy - Vancouver Area
Elite Soccer Academy - Surrey Area
East Vancouver Soccer Academy - Vancouver Area
Premiere Soccer Academy - Coquitlam Area
How does that work though if "club academies" are a more recent development? Some of the more well known / successful academies have been around for ages - how can they be to blame when they provided a service that no one else was?
The business academies would be slotted in as an elite school in that system.
If they have paid coaches who have high levels of certification/licensing, why would you want to shut them out? Isn't that one of the struggles today, i.e., coaches who know what they are doing?
There are even more academies not on this list such as FAS, B.E.S.T, Pro touch, Coerver, Alba, . I just wanted to quickly revisit this and why I think academies are actually hurting the development of players. Academies are usually costly, which makes them exclusive, they often pay well, attract top talents. They are purposed in that they are for advanced players. They may or may not follow the Long Term Player development model.
Because they consume parent resources, attract coaching talent they become competitors to the community club programs, Could you imagine how much better all levels would be if these academies where at the clubs, that is imagine TSS not being a self identity but being simply the program being offered through Richmond FC, community clubs are farther reaching and are the heart of grassroots, but if they can not compete with the offerings of these private academies. This is were these academies are actually doing more harm than good, we need that level of program at every community club.
There are always exceptions to the rules, Whitecaps academy for example should be a recruitment avenue to their residency program.
Elite Soccer Academy in Surrey is run by Jeff Clarke the Surrey United TD, and is their spring / summer soccer offering and also runs the development academy at Surrey United. By all accounts Surrey United's academy is very good and this is an excellent example of that level of training and programming being part of the club and not a separate competing identity.
I always here these academies complaining how bc soccer won't allow them to be members, and participate in sanctioned leagues. BC Soccer has no choice , otherwise all the elite player go these academies and community clubs would struggle to survive. Instead of trying to be better and compete these academies should be trying to work with the community clubs and be part of the programs. Clubs need to open up as well and allow these programs in , right now they are afraid too as the academies use it recruit top talent or so goes the fear.
Not to mention these academies don't respect the BC Soccer District boundaries, may not be not for profit., aren't always willing to follow BC Soccer's rule of governance etc..
Anyways that is my rant of the day , bottom line is we need every community club to be offering the same high level of programming and coaching within their academies and for both streams of elite and rec.. and currently the private academies while well intended are inadvertently hurting that effort.