Vancouver FC players experience full circle moment by visiting to their former youth club

As part of Vancouver FC’s effort to give back to the community, players have been visiting different youth clubs across the Lower Mainland. This week, Kadin Chung and Anthony White stopped by Coquitlam Metro Ford, the team where they started playing football as kids. This youth academy is one of the most successful clubs in Canada at producing young talent, which can be reflected in both Chung and White. 

“It’s really special because it’s a familiar place and somewhere that we have a lot of fond memories of,” says Chung. “Having a good vibe around us is really special and it’s something that’s gonna help us rekindle a fire.” Chung started playing with Metro Ford when he was six-years-old until he joined the Whitecaps Academy at age 11. 

Kadin Chung signing autographs (David Nava / Vancouver FC)

For White, Metro Ford is a family affair. He played alongside his brother Nikolas and was coached by his dad. White stayed committed to Metro Ford and completed his entire youth career with the club before signing with the University of Toronto. “[Coming back to Metro Ford] helps me think of what I’ve accomplished in the game and this is where it all started,” comments White.

Chung and White were joined by Ibrahim Bakare and Nicky Gyimah for their visit to Metro Ford and answered some fiery questions from the kids. When asked, “How do you become a football player?” Chung answered, “Lots of hard work, lots of sacrifices, but it’s the best feeling when you make it.” After the Q&A session, the players signed hundreds of items and took pictures with the youth stars and their families. 

The kids at Metro-Ford hearing the advice from VFC players (David Nava / Vancouver FC)

It is special for Chung and White to know that this moment will be engraved in the hearts of Metro Ford players forever; and hopefully, lead the way for the next generation of football stars. “Both [are] great examples and great mentors for our young kids,” adds Alfredo Valente, Metro Ford’s technical director. “We’re just proud as a club to be able to have more players take the next step.” 

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