BCSPL High Performance Academy


BCSPL High-Performance Academy

High-Performance Academy Program Overview

Surrey United Soccer Club (SUSC) is excited to once again offer its BCSPL High-Performance Academy (HPA) development program for the U10-U12 (2010 - 2012 born) select players in the region. This program has run strong for over a decade and has produced some top players who have gone on to succeed at the BC Soccer HPP level, Whitecaps FC, and Canadian Soccer Association teams.


This regionally based, high-performance academy was the first club-based academy of its kind in the Province and is designed to service motivated select players by providing a competitive environment that pools players with similar technical and tactical abilities under high-quality participation standards. Jeff Clarke (SUSC Technical Director), Ari Adams (SUSC Assistant TD) and Ronan Kelly (SUSC Assistant TD) will be the technical leads of the program.  Ronan Kelly will be the lead instructor and will be supported by other top coaches from the SUSC BCSPL program and club. Where permissible under the current and appropriate BC Soccer and ViaSport Phase of Play, there will be 11-aside opportunities for the participants that will take place on their off days (Boys on Sundays and Girls on Saturdays).


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUSC will implement their SAFE RTP Curriculum, which will correspond with the guidelines & restrictions from ViaSport, BC Soccer, and Canada Soccer. While we are close to climbing out of the pandemic restrictions, SUSC must still follow the contractual instructions from the City of Surrey. The overall program will operate within the SUSC Return to Play Plan. The current RTP criteria allows for open physical contact and fun gameplay.


This HPA program is geared towards motivated players looking to advance their current skill and playing level under the guidance of the SUSC Technical Staff. The HPA training curriculum will involve a broad range of skills and drills in technical/tactical development of the game including speed and agility, shooting and finishing, defending technique, creative attacking, etc. The weekly training is designed to directly assist the players in their personal playing performances throughout their soccer season. There will also be introductory physical training and fitness testing for these young soccer players.


There will be an open evaluation for all interested players on Friday, Sept. 10th and Monday, Sept. 13th. The final decision on numbers and placement will be made at the conclusion of the HPA evaluations; see below for all details.


All interested participants must sign-up for these evaluation sessions.  See sign-up info below


Trip to Calgary Foothills

In 2018 & 2019 SUSC took participants (primarily U12 players) of the HPA to Calgary for a soccer experience hosted by Calgary Foothills SC. The 2020 trip was cancelled due to COVID-19 and we have made the decision to cancel the 2021 trip as well, for the same reasons. 


**New Vicarious Learning - Club Technology Plan **

This is a new component There will be a new match analysis component included in the HPA program, where HPA participants will be afforded the opportunity of a visual learning experience in the new SUSC clubhouse throughout the duration of the HPA program.


**Academy Team Game Opportunities**

The club will be looking at organizing additional academy games throughout the fall/winter. There will be additional costs associated with these opportunities and participation will be by invitation to selected players only.

**Additional U12 HPA Players – 11 v 11 Opportunities**

Surrey United will be hosting extra training sessions and possible exhibition games for selected U12 HPA players that will focus on the introduction of 11v11 game play. This will be a huge benefit for those invited into Whitecaps programming as well as for the BCSPL team evaluations in the spring of 2022.  These sessions will be complimentary for those participating in the HPA program.


Benefits of HPA Participation

The objective of the HPA program is to challenge and further develop players’ individual technical and tactical levels and better prepare them for future opportunities in the SUSC BCSPL program and other higher-level programming including Whitecaps FC full-time programs and BC Soccer provincial teams. In addition to the great training environment that HPA provides there are additional opportunities where selected players can showcase themselves (see below).


Recent Graduates of the HPA Program

The HPA program has an excellent track record of player development success. Over the past few years the HPA program has produced an average of 30 players/year who move on to the SUSC BCSPL program and other BCSPL clubs’ intake teams. In addition, there have been several graduates who have gone on to Whitecaps FC full time programs; Pre-Residency for the boys and the REX program for the girls. These players include: Girls – Aleisha Ganief, Mikayla Tupper, Daniella Ramirez, & Amanda Clauzel. and Boys – Matteo Campagna, Jay Herdman, Josh Tome, Carson AJ Twells, Christopher Torressan & Joel Demian. In 2018 former SUSC HPA participant Simon Colyn (17 years-old) signed an MLS Homegrown contract with the Whitecaps FC Men's team! In 2019 HPA academy graduate Zach Verhoeven signed in the Canadian Professional League. You can be the next one! 


HPA Program Staff

The training sessions will be run by some of the most experienced coaches in the country and further supported by members of the Surrey United technical staff. The program curriculum will be created and guided by the SUSC technical team of Jeff Clarke (SUSC Technical Director), Ari Adams (SUSC Assistant TD) and Ronan Kelly (SUSC Assistant TD); and the primary HPA coaching staff will include:


 Ronan Kelly, SUSC Assistant Technical Director

  • B Provincial License

  • C-License 

 Ari Adams, SUSC Assistant Technical Director

  • United States Soccer Federation National “B” License

  • Assistant Coach – Simon Fraser University women (2011-2014)

  • Surrey United Academy Staff (2009 – current)

  • U14 National Finalist (2016)

  • U15 National Champions  (2017)

  • Head of SUSC Girls Development (current)


Frazer Toms, SUSC Senior Staff Coach

  • SUSC BCSPL Assistant Coach - 07G

  • Former Professional Player in England

  • SUSC BCSPL U12 Transition Lead Coach


Chelsea Harkins

  • Washington State University (2014-2018)

  • National Training Centre (2010-2012)

  • Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (2012-2014)

  • SUSC Staff Coach


Key Program Features 


  • Position-Specific Training (age-appropriate)

All players are trained in general position-specific methods and sessions. These sessions will be tailored to U10 - U12 players and will be an introductory version of the highly successful program that the SUSC BCSPL players receive.


  • Player Feedback Reports

All participants will receive written progress reports at both the halfway and endpoints of the program.


  • Soccer Specific Speed and Fitness Testing

We will be hosting fitness testing similar to the testing done within the SUSC BCSPL program. The scores will be kept to measure personal player improvement over the year(s).


  • Low Coach: Player ratio

The HPA program will run with an approx Coach: Player ratio of 1:12. This low ratio will allow each player to receive the personal attention that is required.


HPA Program Details

The SUSC BCSPL HPA program will be open to U10-U12 players. It will include eighteen (18) 75-minute training sessions in two 9-session sets on Friday evenings throughout the soccer season. The cost of the program is $325 (plus a training kit fee; see below). Details of the program are as follows:



  • U10-U12 (2010 – 2012) players


BCSPL High-Performance Academy Session Dates



Friday evenings:

  • Sept 17th, 24th, 

  • Oct 1st, 15th, 22nd. 29th

  • Nov 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 

  • Dec 3rd, 10th

  • Jan 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

  • Feb 4th, 11th


$325.00 total plus $69.00 training  kit fee  (approx $160.00 per set of 9 sessions)

** Cost is $300 for any player included in the SUSC U11/U12 Select Team Program

*NEW* Registration Installment Plan 

Registration payable as follows: 

  • First installment due upon registration

  • The final balance is due September 30th, 2021

  • SUDA Academy Kit fee ($69.00) is due upon registration.


Note: if you require an Adidas academy jacket and/or HPA training t-shirt you will indicate the size in the registration questionnaire but you will need to purchase these items separately.  These are both available for purchase under the above heading 2021/22 BCSPL Academy High-Performance academy.

HPA Academy Kit 

Adidas is the new kit supplier for all SUSC Academy programs. The black SUSC Adidas Condivo training jacket and black HPA training shirt will be the mandatory kit for the Academy program. All players are expected to be wearing this official SUSC HPA black training kit at each academy session.

HPA Program FAQs Document

CLICK HERE to access the FAQ sheet for the HPA. Please ensure that you have reviewed this document before contacting the program registrar with questions, see below.



CLICK HERE to register for the evaluation of the High-Performance Academy.


Program Information Contact

Please direct all questions regarding registration to programregistrar@surreyunitedsoccer.com.