Who We Are
Founded in 2019, Westcastle International Academy Inc. is a privately owned and operated soccer club located in Victoria BC. WIA offers both Canadian and international soccer players a comprehensive development program for players of all levels.
The main goal of WIA is to form talented young players into top football players. We are working hard to achieve the standards to be awarded the National Youth Club License by the Canadian Soccer Association. The National Youth Club Licence is the highest designation in the Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licensing Program and fulfills the requirements to achieve a Skill Centre Licence and will enable WIA to enter teams into the BC Soccer Premier League. The BCSPL is a standards-based competition for youth participants in BC.
WIA’s Residency program was created through a partnership with the University of Victoria and Spectrum Community Secondary School allowing student-athletes (U16-U21) the opportunity to move from their provinces or countries to Victoria in order to train full time while receiving post-secondary and high school education. We recognize the importance of healthy team dynamics leading to lasting relationships with teammates, coaches, teachers, and support staff. Student-athletes have access to a wide network of resources, ensuring they are supported throughout their program and are given a platform to reach their peak potential both academically and athletically.
WIA provides pathways for players to play university soccer, at the BC League 1 level and for the few opportunities with Canadian Premier League or beyond Canada.
WIA’s Youth Development program connects with local players and offers them the opportunity to train in a supportive and challenging environment. The Discovery Centre (ages 2-11) introduces new and emerging players to the game of soccer. The Skill Centre (ages 7-12) is an after-school development program that uses a multi-sport approach to developing strong physical literacy and a solid foundation of soccer skills. The Position-Specific Centre (ages 12 -15) is a supplementary program for players to develop a strong understanding of their position on the field along with Soccer-specific strengthening and conditioning.
We are a full member of the Lower Island Youth Soccer Association, BC Soccer association, Pacific Coast Soccer League and affiliated with Canada Soccer Association.
It is a unique and truly exciting opportunity for our players to be fully immersed in the experience of a professional player, in a top level training programme, with UEFA A & B License coaches and former professional players, and to play against some of the world’s finest clubs, .” –Eddie Mukahanana, UEFA A License & CSA Children’s License Coach