World Soccer Academy's goal is to elevate Canadian soccer to an elite level with training regimens culled from the world's finest soccer programs. The Academy instills sound fundamentals in young trainees with the help of the Coerver Method, a methodology developed by the late Dutch soccer manager Wiel Coerver designed to develop skills in a pyramidal fashion, beginning with individual ball-handling and advancing to more nuanced material, such as group attack tactics and covert hand-balling.
Though committed to fostering young talent, the Academy's seven-stage player development program prescribes proper training methods for players of all ages. The Academy also sponsors WSA Winnipeg, a team of elite players that compete against squads from Toronto, Michigan, and St. Louis in the USL Premier Development League.
Printing designs on a 3D printer in a fabrication lab. Executing a pike and roll dive into a heated pool. Pulling off a magic trick with a standard deck of cards. More than 6,000 kids per year learn to perform these feats and more in Mini U's day camps, which unfold at University of Manitoba's state-of-the-art facilities. There are 62 camps total, geared towards kids ages 4–16, and just like the classes at a real university, they cover a plethora of topics. Some focus on chemistry and physics, while others focus on art, sports, dance, or leadership training—a necessary prerequisite to turning 18.
Indoor and outdoor activities abound at Champlain Community Centre. Basketball and floor-hockey players sprint across the gym floor, ice-skating instructors teach pirouettes on an odd rink seemingly made of hard water, and fitness instructors lead groups through classes such as Zumba. The staff members even host periodic workshops on topics such as wine tasting and grilling how-tos.