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Whitecaps London Affiliate with Byron

By WL, 07/24/20, 5:00PM EDT


July 24, 2020

Whitecaps London and Byron Soccer Club are pleased to announce they have signed a Player Movement affiliation. 


The agreement makes the clubs official partners and creates opportunities for sharing resources on coach and player development. It also creates an opportunity for players from Byron SC to train and play in the OPDL with Whitecaps London teams. 

'Exciting times ahead,' says Whitecaps London President Abbi Lezizidis. 'Byron has been a storied club in the city of London and has been a beacon for this community. This is a great step in cooperation not only for Byron Soccer and Whitecaps London but also the community at large.'

The relationship between the clubs will include coaching support for Byron teams this summer, with a long term plan to build on that relationship in the fall.  

We are thrilled to begin this relationship with the Whitecaps,’ says Byron SC club president David Brule. ‘This partnership aligns very well with our mission of continuing to enhance our players overall experience and development. It will support and benefit both our recreational and competitive level players.’ 

Whitecaps London Technical Director Mike Ayyash is Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Head Coach in Ontario. 

‘This is a great opportunity for both clubs to grow and work together for the betterment of the game at all levels,’ says Ayyash. ‘This is not just about the top players moving to OPDL, this will help players and coaches at all ages and levels through sharing professional club resources. We are excited to get started and build a future together’. 

About the Clubs. 

Byron Soccer Club  

Byron Soccer Club is a community club founded in 1972 in Southern Ontario that provides soccer programs for Competitive and Recreational players. Byron Soccer Club is a proud member of the Optimists Club of Byron and the Byron Optimist Sports Complex is the home facility for the club, which is located on Boler Road.

Whitecaps London 

Whitecaps London is a not-for-profit club in Southern Ontario that is part of Ontario Soccer and the OPDL talented player pathway, providing opportunities for talented youth in Southern Ontario. The club operates teams in OPDL, West Region and runs a full Grassroots program under the technical direction of Mike Ayyash.