Free coaching seminars: Feb 13

For the third straight year, Dunbar, Kerrisdale and Pt. Grey Soccer Clubs will be hosting an afternoon of free coaching seminars. These are open to all interested coaches and parents and feature a combination of on field sessions and classroom presentations.

When: Sunday, February 13; 12:45pm to 6pm
Where: Dunbar Community Centre Classrooms (Room 202 and 112) and Memorial West field (just outside the community centre)
Who: Sessions to be presented by David Hendry, Amy Vermeulen, Dennis Kindel, Steve Kindel and Gregor Young (bios below)

These presentations are open to everyone regardless of which club you are with. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn some new things (and ask David about his Glasgow Rangers U10 Academy team transfer budget: over $100 000 to buy 9 year olds from other clubs!). Pick one or two or as many as you want to take in. No pre-registration needed.

Session topics, times and presenters:

Steve – Coach scrimmage: Getting the most out of a conditioned game [field]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

Gregor – HPL Q&A ; who it affects and how [classroom]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (NOTE NEW TIME)

Steve – 1v1 defending [field]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

David – Glasgow Rangers Academy set up: PowerPoint [classroom]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Gregor – Three attacking corners for divisional teams [field]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM (NOTE NEW TIME)

David – Glasgow Rangers Academy sample session [field]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Dennis – goalkeeping drills for coaches to use with their teams [field]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM

Amy – Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) drills for coaches [foyer or field]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 4:45 PM to 5:30 PM

Gregor – Reducing goals against in youth soccer [classroom]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Amy – What it takes for girls to reach the elite level of play [classroom]
scheduled February 13, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM

Presenter Bios:

Amy Vermeulen:

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and a member of the Saskatchewan youth provincial teams, the 1999 Team Sask Western Canada Games team, and the 2001 Sask Canada Games team. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2001-2006 on scholarship for both soccer and hockey, and in 2002 she was a part of the U-19 Canadian National team, winning a silver medal during the U-19 World cup in Edmonton. She played semi-pro in the W-League for both Ottawa Fury (2001-2006), and the Vancouver Whitecaps (2008-present), and also played professionally for both a Swedish (2006, Balinge IF) and Norwegian (2008, Asker FC) club. She earned her first senior National Team cap in August of 2006, and currently has 12 full national team caps. She was a part of the bronze medal winning 2007 Team Canada Pan Am games team, along with attending the 2008 Beijing Olympics as an alternate with Team Canada. She is currently an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, women’s Whitecaps member, and youth soccer coach. 

David Hendry:

Playing Career:

  • Scottish Youth International
  • Celtic F.C. (Youth)
  • Professional – Dundee, Airdrie (1st Division Clubs in Scotland)

Coaching Career:

  • Rangers F.C. (Academy Coach worked with U9 – U19 players)(Coached in and won European Tournaments agains the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Marseille)
  • Team Europe (Worked with players from F.C. Porto, Bayern Munich. Sparta Prague)
  • Scottish F.A. (Football Development Officer- Clackmannanshire & Falkirk Regions)
  • Scottish F.A. – Coach Educator

Academic Career

  • MSc Human Kinetics (Focus on Skill Development)
  • BSc (hons) Sport & Exercise Science
  • HND Sport & Exercise Science
  • Head of Sport Coaching at Forth Valley College

Dennis Kindel:

  • Former Professional Goalkeeper for Doncaster Rovers
  • Former BSCA Provincial Teams Goalkeeper Coach
  • B National Certification
  • Full time professional coach with Pt. Grey, Kerrisdale and Dunbar for five years
  • Y League coach (four years)

Steve Kindel:

  • Former National Team player (various levels including full men’s team)
  • Former Vancouver Whitecap (10 years)
  • B National Certification
  • Technical Director Dunbar Soccer Association and Kerrisdale Soccer Club
  • Coach, Vancouver FC U14 Boys
  • SFU Soccer Alumni

Gregor Young

  • Former National Team player (U19 and full men’s team)
  • CSL player with Vancouver 86ers, Edmonton and Calgary
  • B National Certification
  • Technical Director Pt. Grey Soccer Club and Kerrisdale Soccer Club
  • Coach, Coastal FC (Y League); four years
  • UBC Soccer Alumni

If you have any questions about these presentations please email Gregor at

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6 Responses to Free coaching seminars: Feb 13

  1. thiku says:

    Get this program off the “edge of the world” and I’d take full advantage because I live at the opposite corner!!! Great stuff.

    • Gregor says:

      Strange how your edge has about 2000-2500 players and has HPL (soon), Y League, PDL, Metro/Selects and our edge (PG, Dun, Kerr) has over 4000 players and we just have gold, silver and bronze. How does that happen 😉

  2. Colin Elmes says:

    Gregor, it appears that the high socio economic status of your members cant buy everything. Or they are just to busy at their chalets in whistler. 😉

    • Gregor says:

      You tell me Colin. Your HPL app shows more of your ‘clients’ come from Vancouver than anywhere else. Kind of weakens your bid if you’ve got a bunch of skiers signed up for your HPL teams doesn’t it? 😉

  3. Colin Elmes says:

    March to November- skiing?. 33% currently from Vancouver and they come here instead of skiing anyways( game sat, TSS Sunday and vice versa) the ones I am speaking of are the “casual” players 😉

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