Skill Centre

Westcastle International Academy’s Skill Centre is an after-school program that develops the fundamental skills required by players to succeed at whatever level of the game they aspire to. At WIA, the training environment resembles the game environment, with each training session focusing on relevant, game-realistic skill development, complemented with a multi-sport approach, to develop motivated athletes.


Children in the Skill Centre focus on their football development as well as their physical literacy. Sports like Basketball, Dodgeball, Judo and Track & Field form a key part of the training regime and account for 25-30 percent of their development up to the age of 12. Through these sports, players focus on specific skill sets that enhance their soccer development such as agility, balance, coordination, decision making, falling safely, peripheral awareness and speed.

Canada Soccer has created the Skill Centre to guide clubs towards the best principles in player development, by taking a nationally coordinated approach to developing young soccer players. The WIA Skill Centre follows the guidelines and standards as outlined in the Canada Soccer Association Skill Centre manual.


WIA received Full Membership in the Lower Island Soccer Association and now participates in the weekly LISA development league against other LISA member clubs.

WIA has registered 4 teams in the Lower Island Soccer District Development League.

Players can attend the Skill Centre and play for the WIA Rangers, or attend the Skill Centre and play for their local community club.


  • WIA has three teams that play in the LISA U11/U12 Developmental League that aligns to Canada Soccer requirements for Skill Centres
  • WIA doesn’t have set teams, players in the Skill Centre rostered each week according to the competition
  • U8-U9 Skill Centre players will take part in Active Start Festivals and play against other LISA Club teams where available
  • Girls may play on boys teams

WIA hosts free Player Identification Camps so that players can experience the WIA Skill Centre. Our ID Camps are not tryouts. They are a way for us to get to know potential Skill Centre players and for players to get to know us. ID camp dates can be found here: Player Identification Camps.

WIA’s Philosophy on Player Placement

Placement of players is based on a variety of variables:

  • “Soccer Age” (player’s maturity, physical age, technical ability and overall understanding of soccer)
  • Stage of physical development and literacy (fluid and ever-changing)
  • Team dynamic
  • Biological age

Some players may play in their biological age group, while others are placed on teams based on their soccer age. WIA technical coaches will decide a player’s placement on an individual basis.

It is imperative that parents and players understand the following as it relates to the Skill Centre and WIA Teams. WIA:

  • Cannot enroll more players than the player to coach ratio allows
    • Priority registration will be given to players selected for WIA Teams
    • Should space allow, additional spots will be given to players seeking supplementary training from other clubs
  • Cannot turn away players who show promise just because they are inexperienced at the present moment
  • Cannot accurately predict the potential or future performance of a player
  • Cannot guarantee that your player will make the BCSPL team at U13 because the characteristics of young players are not the same as those in mature elite athletes
  • Can develop and support players that are ready and willing to train, follow our standards-based training methods and trust our judgement as it relates to their development

T-I-P-S Philosophy for Player Development

Technical – understanding of what a technical player is – willing to receive technical training, perceptive to developing technique (quality of the touch of the ball)… playing games and taking part in tournaments does not equate to the technical development of a player.

Intelligence – understanding the game, understanding instructions and ability to apply those instructions to play and game… following through the instructions (Game understanding – tactical understanding)

Personality – attitude, attention, coachability, decision making, creative thinking, motivation, concentration, communication (psychosocial)

Speed – physical development, speed of thought and speed of action, problem-solving, intensity of training

Program Description


Our program delivers physical literacy training in areas of agility, balance & coordination, basic motor skills, flexibility & mobility, perception & awareness, reaction time, and speed. Development modules of cross-training activities will run in 4-6-week cycles with activities like

  • Track (endurance, agility and speed)
  • Basketball skills/ Gymnastics (balance and coordination)
  • Judo (flexibility & mobility, strength, and stamina)
  • Futsal (dribbling, decision making skills, confidence 1v1, creativity)
  • Dodgeball (agility, concentration, reaction, and team-building skills)
  • Footvolley (excellent balance, ball control, endurance, focus and quick reflexes)


The Psychosocial development program will be delivered in partnership with the University of Victoria’s Centre for Outreach Education (CORE). The program focus on psychosocial development in 2-4-week cycles with age-appropriate activities in areas such as

  • individual motivation
  • self-confidence, respect & discipline
  • concentration, cooperation, teamwork
  • competition, sportsmanship and team spirit building


With the understanding of age-appropriate levels of intensity and workload, technical training will focus on

  • passing and receiving
  • dribbling
  • ball control
  • turning
  • running with the ball
  • shielding the ball
  • shooting
  • finishing on goal


With the understanding of age-appropriate levels of intensity and workload, tactical training will focus on:

  • combination plays
  • 1v1 attacking
  • receiving on turn
  • crossing and finishing
  • positional play
  • finishing on goal
  • movement off the ball
  • 1v1 defending

The Tactical emphasis is on possession, passing accuracy, and fluid movement between the orthodox delineations of midfield and attacking principles.

Program Schedule

Start date – September 6, 2022
End date – June 8, 2023

Training Schedule

WedMulti-Sports/ Psychosocial Activities3:30 – 4:30 pm
Tues & ThursTechnical/ Tactical Sessions3:30 – 4:30 pm
SatLISA League Matches – Rangerssee LISA schedule
SunSkill Centre Festivals (3x per year)25 Feb 2023
3 June 2023

Program Fees

  • $2,205 includes GST
  • *Plus $150 LISA League fee (U9-U13 players on the WIA Rangers team)
  • All players receive
    • Standards-based curriculum
    • 3 sessions per week
    • Full kit (short, shirt, jacket, socks)
    • *Lower Island Soccer Association league matches (U10-U13)
    • 3 Skill Centre Festivals
    • Professional coaching
    • Low player to coach ratios

Refund policies are listed on registration forms when you register for a program. 

Please make sure you are aware of when the refund deadlines are and the terms specific to them.

Youth Programs

Our Soccer Partners

Westcastle International Academy is proud to work with the following soccer partners.

  • University of Victoria
  • BC Soccer
  • Canada Soccer
  • Lower Island Soccer Association