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Royal Bay Secondary Soccer Academy


In September of 2009, the Sooke School District begin a new program at the high school level – FA Belmont, the school’s soccer academy program. It’s our hope that in transitioning the Belmont Soccer Academy to Royal Bay Secondary in September 2015, our program will continue to flourish and create opportunities for students who want to develop their skills in Soccer. The introduction of Royal Bay Soccer Academy in 2015 will be the continuation of a district program in its 7th year of operation at the secondary level. In this time, our academy has expanded from one group of 23 players to three groups of over 100 players from grades 9-12.


Students in the Royal Bay program will range in skill level, from Club Silver to HPL (High Performance League). Students will train Monday through Friday at the brand new artificial turf field at Royal Bay Secondary. We are very proud of the first class sports facility that will be a vital part of both our school and community as it continues to grow.


Royal Bay Soccer Academy will incorporate a number of community groups to assist in the academy experience for our students. Our community coaching experience will be instrumental in working on skill development as well as fitness and physiological concepts. FC Victoria Highlanders will support the program with local players and coaches who work with our players on a regular basis, adding to the expertise that we are trying to offer. It is our expectation that the Royal Bay Soccer Academy will continue to develop a strong relationship with local soccer organizations and incorporate more players into guest coaching roles. It is our goal to open as many doors as possible for all Royal Bay Soccer Academy players as they head toward furthering their playing and educational careers.


Excellence through Commitment

What is Royal Bay Soccer Academy?

Royal Bay Soccer Academy is a dynamic program currently being offered at the new Royal Bay Secondary School. This program is an exciting opportunity for Royal Bay students to be involved in the exciting culture that this new school promises to provide. The Soccer Academy will be directed by Troy Harris, a Sooke District teacher who has been involved in the local soccer community for the past 35 years.


How will the Soccer Academy fit into my child’s schedule?

The Soccer Academy at Royal Bay is a program that will be offered inside of the regular timetable, occupying one block of the student’s schedule each semester. Students will receive an average of 3 to 4 on field sessions each week, as well as a classroom component. Royal Bay Soccer Academy has the unique opportunity to train at the brand new artificial turf field just meters away from the main school.


Is this program the right fit?

Royal Bay Soccer Academy is a program for students who possess enthusiasm for the sport of soccer. It is not a program reserved only for elite players within the sport, but welcomes players of all skill levels who are committed to development both as soccer players and as individuals. There is a significant expectation that the athletes involved are committed to working hard, developing their skills, and have an interest in considerable personal growth.


What does Royal Bay Soccer Academy expect from my child?

The Soccer Academy at Royal Bay expects its athletes to achieve “excellence through commitment”. Students of the soccer academy need to demonstrate a strong work ethic and desire to improve, keeping in mind that students will only “get out what they choose to put in”. Royal Bay Soccer Academy will expect all students to demonstrate respect toward teammates, coaches, officials, opponents, and all other staff that they will interact with on a regular basis. Players of Royal Bay Soccer Academy will constantly be reminded of the expectation for them to be exceptional citizens of both Royal Bay Secondary School and our community.


What will the year look like?

It is Royal Bay’s goal is to train players at a consistently high level. Our desire is to operate an energetic program that will allow students to excel as both players and people. Royal Bay Soccer Academy will offer a comprehensive program both on and off the field. The on-field aspect will focus on skill development while the classroom component will allow students to gain greater knowledge of both the game and themselves. Classroom sessions will incorporate such things as anatomy and physiological knowledge, guest speakers, and the complexities of the game. The student athletes involved will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable instructors our soccer and athletic community has to offer. It is also our hope that players will appreciate that they are a part of something extremely special.


How will my child be assessed?

The Soccer Academy at Royal Bay will focus on the primary methods of assessment including objective, subjective, and self-assessment. Students will be assessed on a daily basis with regard to their Behaviour, Effort, Attitude, and Participation. Students will also be assessed on written work, and skill development. Evaluation of Royal Bay students will be reported on a regular basis, including 4 formal reports (report cards) and two informal evaluations.


BEAP                     65-70%

Skill                       10-15%

Written                  15-20%

Presentations        10-15%


Thanks for your interest in the Royal Bay Soccer Academy, We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you in the future.


Troy Harris

Teacher – SD62

Director – Royal Bay Soccer Academy


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