Indoor youth soccer in Nanoose Bay

It was a fun-filled day Sunday for youth soccer players all across Vancouver Island as they converged on the Arbutus Meadows.

Young soccer players were out on the turf at Arbutus Meadows on Sunday for the Vancouver Whitecaps Island Academy Super 7 invitational tournament. They will begin their winter session in January at Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose Bay.

Young soccer players were out on the turf at Arbutus Meadows on Sunday for the Vancouver Whitecaps Island Academy Super 7 invitational tournament. They will begin their winter session in January at Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose Bay.

It was a fun-filled day Sunday for youth soccer players all across Vancouver Island as they converged on the Arbutus Meadows indoor facility in Nanoose Bay.

Hosted by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and its Island Academy, youngsters from all over the Island were in Nanoose Bay to have fun and enjoy some soccer on the indoor turf.

Island Academy Centre head coach Craig Angus was on hand, greeting the young players and their families as the day went on.

“We had both the girls and boys out, it’s been very fun,” Angus said. “This is just an off-shoot of the Island Academy we’ve got, which not many people know about.”

“It’s a great opportunity to get everyone out here and enjoy a day of soccer. It’s no cost so everyone can just come here and have a good time.”

The academy runs in three sessions, fall, winter and spring. With the fall session just finished, they will break now until January.

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids,” Angus said.

“The players get to train once a week, ranging in age from U-8 to U-18. Our Academy Centres are just a network of hubs, where we train kids in various communities to give them a chance to move on and transition their skills to college and ultimately the professional game, if they want to go that route.”