All good things must come to an end.
An accurate statement to describe Pacific Football Club’s inaugural training camp, which came to a close after a four-day retreat in Vancouver Island’s surfing community of Tofino. The camp saw the club’s First Team and technical staff coming together for a mixture of fitness and team bonding exercises on the Island’s West Coast.
Each morning kicked off bright and early, as Director of Sports Science Randy Celebrini led the team through hour-long activation sessions. Despite frigid temperatures, select players and staff braved the frigid waters of Mackenzie Beach following the morning activations.
“I think it was an excellent weekend,” said Pacific FC head coach Michael Silberbauer. “I think the setting up here in Tofino was really something special and I thought we put in some good work. Not only with our feet and legs, but also with our heads, so I’m very happy with the outcome.”
Afternoons consisted of daily sessions on the beach that included runs, soccer tennis and small-sided beach soccer. The picturesque settings of Tofino were made that much more enjoyable by the cooperation of the weather, which featured clear skies and sun for the entirety of the weekend.
“The whole meaning of this camp was that players received an opportunity to get to know one another and get to know their coaches a little bit better,” Silberbauer added. “I definitely feel that we did that, but there is still work to do.”
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Celebrini—a resident of Tofino—put the club’s fitness levels to the test with outdoor activities that included trail and hill runs. The team was also joined by inspirational speaker, author and filmmaker Phillip McKernan for the duration of the camp. McKernan and the club came together on several occasions throughout the trip to discuss and share experiences in a team-only environment. Each team meal was catered by chef Darren Domingo, head chef of Organic Kitchen in Santa Clara, California. Owners Josh Simpson and Rob Friend also made the trip up-island to partake in the team-building weekend.
After a Sunday morning session, swim and breakfast, the club’s first camp officially came to a close. They return to the pitch in Victoria this week to continue training sessions ahead of next month’s pre-season trip to the Dominican Republic.
ABOUT PACIFIC FOOTBALL CLUB
Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for Canadian soccer players to compete at the professional level of the sport on home soil. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April 2019.
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ABOUT THE CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.
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