2016 - 17 Junior Pandas Fall/Winter Program Overview

The University of Alberta Pandas Soccer Program is pleased to offer year three of the Junior Pandas Soccer Program. This High Performance Player Development Opportunity is geared toward Club players entering Grades 10 to 12 in the Fall of 2016.

The mission of the Junior Pandas Soccer Program is to develop female athletes to be future leaders in women’s soccer. We envision each leader to be an athlete who excels at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level of soccer.

While a high level of performance provincially and nationally is expected of our athletes, excellence is measured by our athletes’ long-term development rather than by their record of wins and losses. We are pleased to share with you the following objectives in the programming.


1. Player Roster:

The Junior Pandas will look to take a roster of 20-25 players in Grades 10 -12 comprised of:

  • Players invited directly into the program
  • Players selected from the combine

2. Coaching Staff:

The Junior Pandas Soccer Program has a team of coaches who mentor and support each other. They’ve “been there” as athletes and as coaches, and share these experiences amongst themselves to help their own learning and growth in their capacity asJunior Pandas Soccer Programcoaches.

Our coaching team promotes the Pandas Soccer philosophy. Our perspective of complete athlete development (physical, mental and technical training) versus winning is what drives coaching plans. Our coaches set individual and team goals and provide individual and team feedback. Throughout each season, coaches communicate openly and honestly with their athletes.

A major undertaking of our program is to create an environment for an athlete that is intensive in the absence of fear. We want our athletes to feel safe, supported, able to take risks and at the same time to be intense, purposeful and mindful of the implications of the choices (and errors) that they will make.

3. Programming:

The following information is preliminary and subject to change.

The Junior Panda player commitment will be an average of 5 sessions per week. Athletes may opt to participate in other activities however with the understanding that our sessions are the priority of the athlete. In the case of conflict with another personal undertaking (work, training and games for other teams/sports etc.), the program expectation is that the player attend the Junior Pandas event.

The program is user based for fees. Please seeJunior Pandas Soccer Program Fees for detailed information.

The development of the athletes will be based upon an average of five sessions per week. This will be comprised of:

~ Team Soccer Training

~ Pandas Soccer Mentorship Training

~ Green and Gold Sports System AIM Training

~ Mental Skills and/or Nutrition Education

~Exhibition match Play (11 vs 11)

~ Futsal and 7 v 7 play

4. Facilities:

Training will take place across a variety of facilities such as:

~ University Soccer Specific Facilities:Campus St. Jean, Foote Field (Premier Grass Field, Artificial Turf,Foote Field Dome,andEast Fields), Lister Field, and the Butterdome.

~ University General Facilities: Main Gym, Education Gym, and the High Performance Regional Training Centre.



Please contact the following JRPSOCfor further information:

JRPOCHead CoachDhee Govender(dheego23@gmail.com)

ManagerChrista Cruthers(jrpsoc@gmail.com)

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