A pair of Okanagan soccer players have been getting a taste the next level of soccer this week with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Pre-Residency program.
Kelowna’s Lucas Hickling and Okanagan Falls’ Isaac Bohmer, both born in 2001, are in Vancouver to train with the club’s full-time professional development team.
The two players are in the Whitecaps FC Okanagan Academy and play their club soccer with Thompson Okanagan FC in the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL).
Earlier this year, Whitecaps FC partnered with TOFC to benefit soccer development in the region.
Whitecaps FC Okanagan Academy head coach David Broadhurst is thrilled to see both Hickling, a striker, and Bohmer, a goalkeeper, train in the club’s pro environment.
“Lucas has been in the Okanagan Academy for three years, and Isaac for two years,” said Broadhurst. “Both players display the qualities that we look for. They have fantastic attitudes, great work ethics, they listen and learn, and they have a drive to take their games to the next level.”
Both players have also stood out with their playing abilities.
“Lucas is an attacking player who is having a very good season in the BCSPL,” added Broadhurst. “Isaac stands out during training and puts in consistently strong performances for TOFC. Through this partnership between Whitecaps FC and TOFC, we are very pleased to provide these opportunities.”
For more information on Whitecaps FC Academy Centres, visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.