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Non-GISC Programs:

The following Programs, Camps & Clinics are NOT Grand Island Soccer Club sponsored initiatives, however, they are additional training opportunities available to you via other area organizations and facilities...

Professional Soccer Performance Summer Academies - Matthew Waddington

Professional training for Premier players, Travel players & High School players.


Premier Academy:
  • When: 5 weeks: July 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 31-Aug 4 & Aug 7-11
  • Time: 9:00 - 11:30am Monday through Friday
  • Where: Veteran's Park, Grand Island
  • Who: Premier or College Team players, ages 15-21
  • Cost: $400
  • Contact: Matthew Waddington - 716.870.4229,
  • Information Flyer


Junior Academy:
  • When: July 10-14, 17-21, 24-28
  • Time: noon - 2:00pm Monday through Friday
  • Where: Veteran's Park, Grand Island
  • Who: Travel players, ages 11-14
  • Cost: $300
  • Contact: Matthew Waddington - 716.870.4229,
  • Information Flyer


Blackwatch Academy

The mission of Black Watch NY West is to develop a youth soccer player strong and resilient in character, technically and tactically proficient and physically able to meet the demands of the modern game of soccer through an environment that is rich with technical and professional instructors and mentors, highly motivated youth players, supportive families, routine and rigorous training, and competitive contests.


Buffalo Soccer Academy

BSA is an elite-level premier soccer club in Western New York. Programs designed for players that aspire to play soccer at the highest level.

Empire United Buffalo

Offers recreational and competitive programs. News, calendar, fields, programs and club information available per the web-site below.

  • Empire USA Elite Summer Camp
    • June 26-29, 2017
    • Ages 8-15, boys & girls
    • Empire United Camp: 9am - noon (ages 8-15)
    • Empire Academy Camp: 9am - 3pm (ages 12-15)
    • Wendelville Complex, Amherst (minutes from 990/290)
    • Cost: United Camp (half day) $140; Academy Camp (full day) $235
    • Information & Registration
  • North & South Town Camps
    • North: July 10-13
    • South: July 17-20
    • Ages U8-U15, boys & girls
    • Time: 9am-noon
    • North: Sportsplex Outdoor Fields
    • South: Knox Soccer Fields
    • Cost: $99.99 before May 31
    • Information & Registration: North & South
  • Stallions Recreational Camp
    • July 24-27, 2017
    • Ages 6-11, boys & girls
    • Time: 9-11:30 am
    • Sportsplex Outddor Fieldsli>
    • Cost: $79.99
    • Information & Registration

Global Premier Soccer - Buffalo (formally NYPS)

GPS team delivers enhanced development opportunities for soccer players and coaches in Upstate/Western New York.

This year the Juniors Program at Global Premier Soccer has seen more than 30 very young and talented players join our GPS family and have lots of fun while learning.


But this was only the beginning...

Playmaker Training (PMT)

PlayMaker Training (Soccer training resource in WNY) provides a players first environment focused on improving each individual player.

Raise Your Level

The Raise Your Level Group's goal is to provide player and coach skill development through positive, exciting, creative, professional and organized coaching methods.

WNY Flash / Sahlen's Sports Park (club & facility programs)

WNY Flash & Sahlen's offer numerous programs, training options and facility/club elements.

For More Information Or Questions About Player Development Contact The Grand Island Soccer Club Player Development Coordinator, Bethany Bernatovicz at




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