Valour FC today announce a new youth partnership, launching the Club’s presence in grassroots, developmental, and high-performance youth soccer programs.
Players from Valour FC’s grassroots programs will graduate to developmental skill centres where they will have the opportunity to continue to grow their love for the game at their own pace. These skill centres will be jointly delivered by Valour FC staff, players, as well as coaches from the partner youth clubs including St. Charles Soccer Association, FC Northwest, Phoenix Soccer Club, Winnipeg South End United, and the Bonivital Soccer Club.
“This is an important step for the overall commitment to youth soccer within this province,” said Valour FC President and CEO, Wade Miller. “We’re excited to work together to not only support these clubs but to help foster a passion for the game in Manitoba youth.”
In line with the Canadian Soccer Association’s plan to grow the game ahead of the 2026 World Cup, the program will offer district skill centres across the province, including supplemental training open to all players between the ages of 8 and 14.
“We want youngsters to fall in love with soccer and Valour FC from an early age,” said Valour FC Head Coach & General Manager, Rob Gale. “Aligning our programming with the major and longest-serving provider in soccer within Winnipeg will ensure consistent year-round programming between our groups across the city and province in the future.“
Having already partnered with district clubs in the inaugural CPL season with ‘Valour FC Club Nights’, the Club is building on its mandate to focus on the grassroots of Manitoban soccer.
“Currently there are large gaps in programming and areas like ‘mini soccer’ only receive organized training with real support for coaches and players in a short summer block,” said Technical Director of St. Charles Soccer Association, Raff Cantafio. “Our youth alliance is delighted to partner with Valour FC to meet the modern day demands of our sport and provide more regular structured and exciting programming.”