At the top of the Highlanders' organizational and developmental youth pyramid are our U17-U18 which are called the Prospects. These players are full-time with the Highlanders and play senior level competition year round, thus preparing them as 'prospective' PDL and W-League players.
As we continue to evolve with our programming, we wanted to bring our younger youth programs in line with the full-time Prospects. Consequently we have changed the name of our programs at U13-U16 from 'Academy' to Club Prospects since they are part-time programs (once or twice per week), designed for Club registered players from BCSPL, VIPL, Gold, and Silver. The key to the program is that these players are 'like-minded' which indicates that they are looking for additional high performance training.
Club Prospects is not closed to anyone as we have found that many top Prospects have come from not only the BCSPL and VIPL level environments but from every level top to bottom. Players have many reasons to play at the level they currently reside, however within the Club Prospects their goal is to received high level instruction and be in an environment which challenges them in every session. Unfortunately there may be cases where a player developmentally may not be at the level to train with their age group. At this point we will discuss this with the family and a decision will be made to either move to an appropriate age group or we can recommend an alternate training environment which can provide the appropriate training.
The Club Prospects in 2012 and 2013 will occur on Sunday afternoon and evenings at Braefoot Park. Club Prospects will be run in one phase of 24 weeks.
All players are required to train in Highlanders' equipment. We keep a stock of kit however there may be instances where kit sizing is unavailable and there is a delay in ordering (embroidering/screening) the appropriate size.
Players who already have Highlanders kit do not need to order new for 2012-2013 however they may order additional kit where needed.
2012-2013 Kit fee: $120.00 HST Included (includes: Embroidered Training Top, Long Sleeve Drifit Training Shirt, Black Shorts, Black Socks, Drawstring Back Pack). Individual items can be purchased at any time as supplies are available.
Please click HERE to see more information on the Highlanders' REFERRAL Program which will help you save on your future registrations.
SPRING DEVELOPMENT TEAM PROGRAM
Our Development Team spring program was a massive success in 2012 and we will continue to offer this program in the spring of 2013. Again, this will be a competitive-developmental segment where players will train twice per week in age group Development Teams in order to play a number of exhibition games and attend summer tournaments (to be determined). *Summer Tournaments will include additional costs to the participants. Spring Development Team Program runs April through July.
CLUB PROSPECTS COACHING STAFF
Director of Youth Development: Neil Sedgwick
PDL & Prospects Head Coach: Steve Simonson
Goalkeeper Development: Bob Stankov & Geoff Hackett
Staff Coaches: Highest Level Educators and Community Coaches (Frank Woods, Nick Gilbert, JJ Atterbury, Dom Butcher, Wes Barrett) along with Senior Highlanders Players (PDL & W-League).