Commencing 2021, the British Columbia Provincial Football Association will operate a regional academy program in BC.
In 2019 the BCPFA has conducted preliminary dialogue with key football stakeholders on the potential structure of a new academy program.These discussions have led to development of a framework that outlines the type and format of programs offered by regional academies.
The primary objective of the new academy program is to complete the high-performance pathway for 3 down football and encourage greater participation in club football in the post elementary school years. As such, the academy program will focus mainly on athletes in grades 9 to 12.
Team BC/Representative Team
Importantly, only players participating in a regional academy and league will be eligible for selection to teams representing the BCPFA (e.g. Team BC at the Canada Games).
The regional academies will form teams that participate in a new league that focusses on skill development of players. The new league will operate from January to March and be structure in a manner that ensures compliance with the regulations that govern football in BC.
The BCPFA is now inviting feedback from members of the broader football community. Please email Keith Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org for your thoughts on the new academy structure.
The BCPFA is also inviting expressions of interest from football organizations who are interested in partnering with the BCPFA on the delivery of academy programs. Information sessions can be scheduled with the Executive Director by emailing email@example.com.