Regarding the relationship between Lethbridge Soccer Association and the Vancouver Whitecaps, Gonçalo Pinto clarifies that it works as a partnership. He adds, “it enhances the opportunities for players, given the resources that a professional club has”. One of those assets is the Whitecaps Academy Centre, which takes athletes from U10 to U14. “This program is directed to motivated players who want to improve their skills by having quality practices run by a professional coach. Our idea is to discover, develop and monitor future talent by having a lot of on-field technical development”, says Pinto.
The other leg of this cooperation is the ‘Caps to College program, where players from U15 categories and older can have access to great opportunities of playing in colleges and universities. According to Pinto, those players “receive help with scholarship strategy, application workshops, video preparation, recruitment process, among other things”.