Chilliwack FC has launched another school soccer academy, unveiling a new program at the Seabird Island Community School in Agassiz.
CFC head coach Glenn Wilson said talks started in June, with Diane Janzen taking the lead on the Seabird Island side.
“It came together fairly quickly, and I think both sides realize this can be beneficial,” Wilson said. “From our point of view, the First Nations people seem to be passionate about soccer and there’s some raw talent there to work with. I think with good instruction we can see some top end players coming out of there.”
The Seabird Island academy will mirror a similar program just launched at Mt. Slesse middle school.
James Marshall is the primary coach at Slesse, and he’ll take the reigns in the new program as well, with help from Wilson.
On the CFC website, Wilson is looking for donations of lightly used soccer equipment.
“I am hoping that there are those in our soccer community who may have used soccer shoes and/or shin pads in good condition,” he wrote. “If you have any that you can donate to this program, please drop off at SOCCERPLUS on Luckakuck or the CFC Office at Townsend Park. Any equipment donated that is in excess of what is needed for the Seabird program will be designated to third world donation.”
See www.chilliwackfc.com for more.