The International Soccer Academy of Vancouver Island (ISAVI), is standing behind their mission statement: “To maintain and continually improve a program throughout the academy structure that nurtures young players so that they achieve their maximum potential.” ISAVI is hosting a soccer goalkeeping clinic with Dave Calow as the head coach, Nov. 11-12, in Courtenay. This clinic is open to 20 potential future or present soccer goalkeepers looking for skill specific improvement.
“Our aim for youth soccer within the International Soccer Academy of Vancouver Island is to provide young players with greater knowledge of the game and improved technical skills,” ISAVI states. “We have a responsibility to provide young players with access to the best environment and coaching possible.”
Currently ISAVI is running two, eight-week fall programs in Comox Valley:
• The Player Development Academy (PDA) coached by Gabby Masson, which focuses on improving individual skills, teaching proper passing technique, good body mechanics and improving overall first touch, and
• An elite individual specific program, the Position Specific Academy (PSA) coached by Mohammed Rbah, meets the needs of the elite player, and focuses on position specific roles in the Game.
A young soccer player, Frank Dickman, with his family have been pleased with the level of engagement and individual encouragement ISAVI has provided during the PDA and PSA programs. “I find that my overall soccer has improved so much since this summer when I took my first ISAVI PDA camp.” Frank’s two younger siblings participate in the PSA program, also with great improvement in confidence and skill.
ISAVI coach and technical director Mohammed Rbah has over 18 years’ experience working internationally in England, Qatar and Montreal. He is also NSCAA Academy Staff with National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is UEFA pro licence holder, the highest soccer coaching diploma.