SDU Academy Information
What is SDU Academy?
SDU Academy is an extra training environment for players who want to accelerate their development! Players of any skill level are welcome. Please be aware that SDU Academy is a tiered training environment. Players will be assessed and placed in groups with other players of equal or similar ability. This may mean that you child will be asked to train with players in an older age group depending on their current level of play. These groups change with frequency dependant on the current development level of the player. For example, a player may start in the tier 3 group and progress up to the tier 1 group depending on how they develop throughout the season. The amount of “tiers” is dependant on the number of players registered in a particular age group.
When is SDU Academy?
SDU Academy will take place Monday evenings from September to March, as follows:
September 16 through November 25 (no academy on October 14 – Thanksgiving)
January 6 through March 3 (no academy on February 17 – Family Day)
What are the training times for SDU Academy?
**Please be aware that these training times might change slightly due to imbalanced registration numbers at different age groups.
U5 (2015 born) 5:15-6pm
U6 (2014 born) 5:15-6pm
U7 (2013 born) 5:15-6pm
U8 (2012 born) 5:15-6:10pm
U9 (2011 born) 6:15-7:15pm
U10 (2010 born) 6:15-7:15pm
U11 (2009 born) 6:15-7:15pm
U12 (2008 born) 7:30-8:30pm
U13 (2007 born) 7:30-8:30pm
Where is SDU Academy?
What is Prospects program? For U8 (2011 born) and U9 (2010 born) Boys and Girls Parents
Why is Prospects being offered to 2012 & 2011 players?
The soccer clubs in and around the Lower Mainland offer this form of program for players which are excelling at the house levels and wanted additional soccer experiences against like-skilled players. By removing a group of players it allows many of our players to have more touches and develop in the best possible environment.
South Delta United will be offering this form of training for boys (2011 & 2012) and girls (2011 only) due to small 2012 age groups numbers.
*The commitments for September to March are as follows:
1 Academy training session with a staff coach on Monday nights, 1 practice with volunteer coach and 1 game per week.
*Typically training is 5-7pm and games 9am-1pm ranges.
What is the Prospects Program?
Prospects Program is operated by South Delta United and offers a series of games against other clubs from September to March for the more advanced players in the U8 (2012 born boys) and U9 (2011 born boys and girls) age groups.
- SDU Prospects teams play against other clubs from the South Fraser
District (Delta, Cloverdale, Surrey and South Surrey). *There are no
league standings. This is a player centered program NOT results based.
have taken the 2018-19 season-long observations of the coaches on the
players to assess the suitability of the players to play at the
Prospects level next fall and winter.
- We will be forming team(s) of selected players over the next month.
- Players will receive an invitation by email and must register within 48 hours to hold their spot.
- Rosters of 8-10 players per team will have an opportunity to play at an elevated level from house based on suitability.
- Depending on registration numbers, we could have a pool of approximately 16-24 players for a given age group.
from house will have the opportunity to join Prospects training and
possibly matches on occasion when they demonstrate they are well suited
for this level. The opportunities will come via invite from the
Technical Director based on the season-long
observations of volunteer and staff coaches.
- It is important
that we develop as many players as possible within an age group applying
our ‘Fluid player movement’ model. This is accomplished by a consistent
club philosophy and open communication between the staff and volunteer
- For players who are interested in participating
in the Prospects Program, the players will be required to register with
the 2019-20 SDU Prospects program AND Fall-Winter Academy.
What do the players need to wear?
Players who register for academy must be aware that they are expected to wear club training gear. An SDU Training jersey is included with each registration. This can be purchased from the online club store, at THIS LINK.
Goal Keeper Academy
In addition to the regular Academy sessions, SDU goalkeeper coach Helmut Wiebe will be working with our young ‘keepers to give them the chance for some professional training. Sessions will run alongside regular Monday night Academy.
U9 – U11 6:15-7:15pm
U12 – U15 7:30-8:30pm
What does the Academy cost?
SDU Monday Night Academy: $290.00 which includes an SDU Training shirt.
SDU Goalkeeper Academy: $290.00 which includes a pair of GK gloves.
$20.00 sibling discount.