Our programs follow the BC Soccer recommended player pathway, as shown below, and are in line with the CSA Long Term Development Plan (LTDP)
At Okanagan FC, the first step with establishing a group is to create the optimum training environment to foster development. For us, this means promoting a safe environment for players where the kids feel encouraged to become the best that they can be. It is crucially important to us that there is respect shown to everybody involved with our academy and teams…if kids are afraid to speak up, try their best, or to otherwise be themselves when they go to soccer then we believe it becomes increasingly difficult to see them realize their full potential. At Okanagan FC, our goal is for every single player to be excited about coming to training, and for our events and sessions to be a highlight in their week.
A second key principle in our development philosophy is our attempt to foster a culture of excellence within our groups. We will never gauge a team’s success by external results against outside opposition, but rather, will look towards the standard of our own groups to determine the desired development outcomes for the players. We demand that the kids strive to better themselves each and every time we see them, both on and off the field. Regardless of the starting point, they are expected to show a desire to improve day after day, session after session, game after game. We believe that this outlook and approach to development is not only something that can aid them in reaching their on-field potential…but also help them in achieving their goals outside of soccer as well.
Another key component in our development philosophy is teaching the kids how to deal with disappointment and mistakes. We aim to turn mistakes and errors into teachable moments and believe that you can learn as much from a loss as you can a win. This is again a reason for why we prioritize our focus on the development of the players, rather than the competitive results of the team.
It is our hope, that once the players have finished our U12 program, that they have ambitions to play in the BCSPL (BC Soccer Premier League), and they try out for TOFC (Thompson Okanagan FC) who are the BCSPL club in our region. Last year, 8 of our 2005 boys were successful in being selected to this level and out of those, 2 have gone on to represent the Provincial Team Program in their first season.