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Island Keeper Clinics was founded in 1993 by Shel Brodsgaard, a former professional goalkeeper with international playing experience. Following his lengthy professional playing career, Shel became involved with the Canadian Soccer Association working as the first-ever National Teams Goalkeeper Coach from 2000-2006. In his time with the Women’s National Team Program Shel was lucky enough to enjoy a second place finish at the 2002 U19 Women’s Youth World Championships in Edmonton, Canada; a fourth place finish in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in the United States; and a second place finish in the 2004 Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic. Prior to the formation of Island Keeper Clinics, his father, Kjeld Brodsgaard formed a goalkeeping school for his teenage son called the Team Sales Goalkeeping Clinic (1983) operating out of Hampton Park in Victoria, BC. From this experience, Shel developed a passion for learning, sharing, and educating. He also learned to appreciate the value of establishing lifelong friends created through the time invested in pursuing the common passion of goalkeeping. It is from this initial start the idea of providing goalkeeper training and education to a broader audience became a passion for Shel Brodsgaard. To this day, Shel Brodsgaard’s Island Keeper Clinics has trained and educated youth goalkeepers, community level coaches as well as specialized goalkeeper trainers from coast to coast in Canada.
In addition to the years of programs training goalkeeping enthusiasts, Shel has created two Instructional DVD’s, published two books, as well as incorporated the use of technology in the recent past to enhance the value of services offered by Island Keeper Clinics. Island Keeper Clinics runs High Performance Training Programs based out of Victoria, BC, in fact at the exact same location his father started the Team Sales Goalkeeping Clinic 25 years later. IKC has also established a reputable residential camp model which focuses on goalkeeping, but also extends into both player development and team development from his home on Denman Island, BC. To date, this is the only known residential soccer school which trains and educates with an emphasis on the sport, but also incorporates our hobby farm into the residential camp experience. Chickens are grown on the property and fed to the campers. Eggs come from our laying hens. Vegetables from our garden are featured in the dishes served during the camp. All residential camp participants acquire life skills which live beyond the game.
IKC also operates club-based goalkeeper development programs on Vancouver Island. Many students and staff that have passed through the IKC methodologies have gone on to pursue professional coaching and playing careers, as well as a plethora of American and Canadian scholarships. Rageyn Hall is currently running the goalkeeper development academy for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Bob Stankov is the Victoria Highlanders Goalkeeper Coach. Sian Bagshawe is the Canadian Women’s National U20 Team Goalkeeper Coach.
IKC continues to focus on developing and training youth goalkeepers, community level coaches and specialized goalkeeper trainers. IKC continues to promote residential soccer programs for player development, goalkeeper development and team development from Denman Island. IKC continues to create educational resources. IKC is in the process of developing an educational website which offers goalkeeping enthusiasts the opportunity to learn on-line from an extensive database of of drills in both video and pdf format.
IKC welcomes the opportunity to share our talents with enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated youth and/or community level coaches.
|Shel Brodsgaard is the founder of Island Keeper Clinics (est. 1993). Shel is a former professional goalkeeper with international playing experience, as well as a the former Canadian Soccer Association National Team Goalkeeper Coach (2000-2006). During his tenure with the CSA Shel was able to traverse the globe enabling the Women’s National Team Goalkeepers (Erin McLeod, Taryn Swiatek, Karina LeBlanc, Stephanie Lasbbe, Erin McNulty, Stacey VanBoxmeer) achieve their dreams. He has also spent time working as a consultant for www.scoutingsolutions.com and currently spends his time on the field coordinating the Nanaimo District Development Center Player Development Program and Academy Teams. Shel is an NCCP B-License coach and also graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1998. His favorite IKC moment, among the hundreds, is watching the players come together on and off the field each year during the residential camps on Denman Island. In addition, Shel is very proud of the achievements of all of his staff and students who are able to achieve the success they have to date.|
|Paola Brodsgaard is the camp cook for all of our residential programs. Her meals are legendary within our camps, as she enjoys preparing the meals in the company of our participants. Her favorite items from the camp menu include: carrot cake, pizza night, baking cookies and of course the hot chocolate. She enjoys playing soccer. Paola tried to play goal once, but when Conner scored on her from almost halfway, she decided to stick with playing out.|
|Bob Stankov has been working with IKC since 1998 and was named the Victoria Highlanders goalkeeper coach in May 2008. Bob is recognized for his work in developing young keepers as well as playing in the Vancouver Island Soccer League. Bob has also served four seasons (2003-08) as goalkeeper coach for University of Victoria Women's soccer team. Currently he acts as the Head Goalkeeping Coach for Reynold's Secondary School Center For Soccer Excellence, as well as the Lower Island Soccer Association (2003-Present). Stankov, 28, played professionally for one season with the now defunct Edmonton Aviators of the United Soccer League (2004). Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia Stankov graduated from Reynold's High School. He was a member of the U-17 BC Provincial team program. He first met Shel when he was fifteen years of age while training with his brother Nic.|
|Jill Carruthers is full of energy and passion for educating youth. Jill first started playing goal when she was a little kid in Saskatoon and she has also has experience playing with the Saskatchewan Provincial All-Star Program, the Canadian National Youth Team Program, the University of Victoria and the Victoria Stars. Jill graduated from the University of Victoria in 2008 with a B.Sc Biology & Psychology. Her favorite IKC moment is winning the “Annual Two versus Two Tournament” on Denman Island with Tom-Tom . She first met Shel during a goalkeeper training camp in Saskatoon far too many years ago.|
|Nic Mitrou is a graduate from the IKC-HPTC who immediately turned his focus to coaching and has brought many of our youth goalkeepers forward in the past few years. Nic is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria with a B.Sc (Hons.). His favorite IKC moments are anytime we play “King Louie!” He first met Shel and Bob with his brother Elliot, who also coaches within the HPTC during a club-based development program in 2002.|
|Elliot Mitrou is a graduate of the IKC-HPTC and is currently attending and playing for the University of Victoria Men’s Soccer Team during the school year. He is a graduate of Oak Bay Secondary School and pursuing a degree in economics. Elliot is playing with the Victoria Highlanders Reserve Team when he is not in school. He first came into contact with IKC during a summer camp in 2002. His favorite IKC moment is anytime he gets to take a ride on the rope swing on Denman Island at Chickadee Lake.|
|Geoff Hackett is as passionate for the position of goalkeeper as any one or all of the IKC staff. He is also a very hard working and humble young man. Geo. is currently playing for the VictorIA United U21 Team and attending the University of Victoria. He first met Shel while attending goalkeeper development programs at Pleasant Valley in Nanaimo and his favorite IKC moments are all training opportunities on Denman Island.|
|Brandon Curr is the current goalkeeper coach for the VIU Women’s Soccer Team and a full-time teacher. He is the father to Hannah, who is an excellent little soccer player. He graduated from Malaspina College in 2007 with Bachelor’s Degree in Education as well as played for the Mariners in goal. Brandon coordinates the goalkeeper development program for the Nanaimo District Development Center. He is a barrel of laughs, always entertaining the participants and staff with his whacky sense of humour. Brandon first met Shel in the early ‘90’s attending goalkeeper development programs based out of Nanaimo, BC.|
|Vicki Walker is the administrator for the camp and proud parent of two daughters, Shelby and Jenny, both experienced IKC goalkeeper. We are pleased to have the support of Vicki in organizing IKC off the field and working to increase the level of communication between the camp staff and the participants.|
|Raegyn Hall is currently the Vancouver Whitecaps W-League Assistant Coach and coordinating the goalkeeper development programs for the Vancouver Whitecaps Youth. He continues to work with the SFU Men’s Soccer Program and recently travelled with the Canadian National U20 Women’s Team to the 2008 FIFA World Youth Championships in Chile. He graduated from SFU in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts and holds a National B-License. He first met Shel when he was sixteen years old breaking into the VISL with the Gorge Men’s First Division Team.|
|Sian Bagshawe is currently working with the Vancouver Whitecaps Prospect Teams, the West Vancouver Soccer Association and the Sentinel Soccer Academy based in West Vancouver. She is also mentoring with Women’s National Team Program in Canada. She graduated from UBC with a Bachelor in Human Kinetics in 2002. Recently, Sian-o put her playing career behind her to pursue coaching with a passion. Her favorite moment in an “unmentionable” incident in Nelson, BC in 2001. She first met Shel in 2000 working together in West Vancouver (introduced by Nicci Wright). Sian-o is renowned for her charming smile and abdominal workouts.|
|Kjeld and Kathy Brodsgaard have been instrumental in the success and development of all of Shel’s initiatives. Ever so patient, as their son travelled the world pursuing the sport with unmatched passion, they have offered their support, time, effort and finances to help Shel establish IKC.|
|Conner Leverette is a graduate of the IKC-HPTC who finds time to share his talents with the younger goalkeepers by serving as a mentor coach in our programs. Conner is a humorous, educated and respectable role model for youth. His nickname is “Condawg” and he has a great sense of style. His favorite IKC moment was telling Shel to call him “coach” while fueling up at a Gas Station in Merritt, BC en route to his first camp coaching out of town in Kelowna|
|Nate Schoen is from Stanwood, Washington, USA. He is an excellent role model for youth, as he is hard working, humorous and always smiling. His favorite IKC moment is when he found out the Shel also enjoyed the movie “Danny Deck Chair!” He is also a masterful sand castle builder with experience gained on Tribune Bay on Hornby Island.|
|Shelby Walker is the third member of her family to become involved with IKC. She grew up on the sidelines watching her older sister Jenny train with IKC years ago and decided one day to follow in her footsteps. One of her personal highlights was playing for the BCSA U14 Provincial All-Star Team and more recently earning a scholarship to play for VIU starting in the fall of 2010. Her favorite IKC moments are working beside Paola in the kitchen during the residential camps.|