The Victoria Highlanders through their partnership with Global Image Sports (GIS) hosted a soccer ID camp with the English Championship Division’s, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Jamie Hadfield who is a full-time youth coach in the Sheffield Wednesday Academy was in Victoria to conduct the camp for 4 days. It was held at Glenlyon Norfolk Senior School (GNS) from July 20-23 and twenty-five enthusiastic soccer players from Victoria, Nanaimo and the Lower Mainland participated. Players ranged in ages from 9 to 17 years of age and consisted of 22 boys and 3 girls.
Jamie was very impressed with the over-all standards and Highlanders Head Coach, Dave Dew said it was a credit to the various soccer associations and their member clubs for the good work that they are doing at the grass-roots level. Locally Sheffield Wednesday has already identified a 16 year old player from training conducted in April by Hadfield and Foundations Coach, Max Wragg. Kayden Miner travelled to Sheffield, England on Friday, July 22 to begin a month long trial with the storied club, which was founded in 1867.
The final word from Hadfield, “The younger group of players 9 to 12 years of age was excellent. They have a strong foundation in the game, and I look forward to seeing how they progress.” As for the older group 13-17 years, Hadfield said, “The older group had some skilled boys that I will definitely be monitoring through my connection to the Highlanders.”