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February 2015

 Spring Break Soccer Camp 2015, Boys & Girls , Ages 6 - 13

School Register Today for the Spring Break Soccer Camp 2015

Date: Monday, March 16th through Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Fortius Athlete Development Centre located at the 3677 Kensington Ave in Burnaby
Cost: $165.00

“We have searched for a program designed to teach and pull the talents out of a little athlete not just provide a glorified babysitting service masked as a soccer school. Over the past 4 years we have tried local camps and schools which promote their "over-qualified" coaching staff as introducers of the sport. Great!! But is there anything more?? One thing that this country is missing is dedication and passion with a twist of extreme. My two boys have not only learned 10 fold in one week at Roman Tulis as they have in 4 years of camps but came home every day exhausted as well as excited with what they learned that day and asking to go back for more. I thank you for creating such a challenging program.”

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 2013 - Annual Report

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Players in the news 2013

In front of the pack, UBC's Niall Cousens scored four straight goals as the powerhouse Birds topped Saskatchewan to win the Canada West

2013 was an exciting year for the Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence; not only was it our 20th anniversary, but the on and off-field performances of many of our current and former players paid tribute to Roman’s legacy and were a celebration of the school’s values. On the field, we had many players reach milestones in their careers:

Mason Trafford made his debut for the Canadian national team in January, to be joined in the maple leaf in the spring by fellow alumnus and former training-mate Marcus Haber

Marcus Haber scored his first goal for Canada against Japan in March

Asvin Chauhan, a member of the next generation of Tulis prodigies, stole the headlines by securing an invitation to FC Barcelona’s famed youth academy, FCBEscola. Recently Asvin’s Barcelona team won the Copa Barcelona Invitational Soccer Tournament and Asvin was the top goal scorer!

Niall Cousens led UBC to a second successive national championship victory and collected tournament MVP honours as well as a memorable 4 goal performance in the Canada West conference final along the way.

Paul Clerc, in addition to forming the backbone of this UBC championship side, received recognition from the Governor General for his outstanding work in the classroom as a student athlete!

Jovan Blagojevic was a goal machine for SFU throughout 2013 in the perennially competitive NCAA, scoring the winning goal to secure a 4th straight regional title for The Clan and contributing to their journey to the Final Four of the NCAA Division II National Championships in December.

Tulis' "Rising Stars"

Asvin Chauhan ~ Chasing the Dream

It all started when he followed his older brother to soccer practice. On a rain-soaked soccer pitch in Vancouver, Asvin Chauhan discovered early on what others spend their entire lives trying to find – his passion. He couldn’t have known it at the time, but following his passion for the beautiful game would lead to an invitation to train with one of the greatest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona. For many players, representing the Catalan giants at any level would fulfill a lifelong dream. For Asvin, who will be 10 this year, this is only the beginning for the Tulis prodigy.

Asvin, who started training with the Tulis school at age 6, is currently training with FC Barcelona’s youth academy, the world-renowned FCBEscola. In his very first match, this past fall, he scored a bicycle kick goal and more recently his Barcelona team won the Copa Barcelona Invitational Soccer Tournament and Asvin was the top goal scorer!

In May 2013, Asvin went to the open tryouts and found himself trying out with almost 3000 other boys, mostly locals. Despite not speaking the native language, Catalan, Asvin proved that soccer is a universal language, impressing the coaches enough to earn a second tryout and eventually a spot in the academy.

This isn’t Asvin’s first taste of European football, however. In 2012, his older brother was part of the Roman Tulis U-13 Boys’ Team that won the Dana Cup No. 1 in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Watching his brother compete – and win – against top European competition gave Asvin the belief that he could do it as well.

In addition to training at the Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence for the past many seasons, Asvin played his league soccer with Coquitlam Metro Ford FC, where he was mentored by Tulis alumnus, former School Boy, and Hall of Fame member, Alfredo Valente. Alfredo took a personal interest in Asvin’s development and had him playing on a team with boys two years older than himself. Even against the tougher opposition, Asvin shone, leading his team in scoring.

Asked for any advice he could give to other soccer parents, Asvin’s father said to keep it simple and put the kids first. “I don’t have a soccer background, so I’m just there to be supportive. If he (Asvin) wants to do something, he’ll push himself to do it; he doesn’t need me to push him as well.” He also says that he’s extremely grateful to the coaches, players, and parents at Roman Tulis for providing his two sons with such a professional training environment for the last few years. “Everyone’s been great… I actually found out about this opportunity from other parents. They were the ones who showed me the [FCBEscola] website,” and he decided to take a chance. “We thought that even if it didn’t work out, it would still be an amazing experience.” Luckily the Barcelona coaches liked what they saw – and given how well Asvin has adapted to this next step in his soccer career, he’s only going to continue to impress.

2013 – Tracking Tulis Alumni Around The World


 Pros rehabbing next to Joes


$61-million 'all-star' facility not just aimed at elite athletes
Article by Ed Willes, The Vancouver Province Newspaper
July 7, 2013

June 2013
3rd Annual Alumni Game
Cancer Fundraiser
When Scott Cousens first explained his idea to Roman Tulis, the old soccer coach wasn't exactly thrilled. Tulis, more to the point, thought Cousens was either off his rocker or trying to take something from him.

The mining executive might have been offering Tulis everything he'd wanted for the soccer academy he ran on the gravel field adjacent to the Scandinavian Cultural Centre in Burnaby. But, there had to be a catch, right? No one makes this kind of offer out of the goodness of their heart.

"He'd look at me and speak in that thick accent," Cousens says, laughing at the memory. "Why are you doing this? This is my business. You can't have it." Tulis, who passed away in 2010, wouldn't live to see the project through to its completion, but he's still part of the vision; his spirit still in the mission statement of Fortius Sports and Health.

It would take over a decade and his own charitable donation of some $23 million, but Cousens would build the facility he first discussed with Tulis those many years ago.


 Please Join Us and Help Fight Cancer

Alumni GamesThe Roman Tulis Soccer School’s Third Annual Alumni Soccer Match on Sunday, June 9th at 4:00 PM at the world-class Fortius Athlete Development Centre in Burnaby.

Roman always dreamt of uniting the generations of players he nurtured over the years in celebrating the power and community of sport. For the third time this year since his passing in 2010, his dream will come true. Throughout his life, Roman was just as inspirational off the field as he was on it. He saw the community as his team, taking every chance to lend a helping hand to those around him. He recognized that we can accomplish far more together than we could ever hope to accomplish on our own, and lived this philosophy in a way that touched countless lives for the better.

The match seeks to gather the Vancouver sports community in celebrating a legacy and raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer, and will feature a host of current and former professional soccer players who once trained at our school. Proceeds (via auction or raffle) from the event will go directly to the British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents’ Association and assist families affected by childhood cancer. This year the match coincides with our school’s 20th Anniversary, so we are hoping for it to be the biggest one yet.


 Burnaby Multisport Center Renamed “Fortius Athlete Development Centre”

Players in the PressRoman Tulis School’s home field at Burnaby's premier sports centre (the Multisport Centre of Excellence) is undergoing a name change. The centre will officially open in the spring of 2013 as the Fortius Athlete Development Centre.

Pictured on the Tulis home field; (left to right) Bob Lenarduzzi, Scott Cousens, Maryann Lennox, Trevor Linden, Nicole Tulis, Danka Tulis and Caedyn Lennox attend a news conference on the site of the nearly completed $61 million athlete development center in Burnaby on Sept 12th, 2012.


 2012 – Tulis School Celebrates 20 Years!

Not ClassifiedWhile every season at Roman Tulis is special, this one happens to be exceedingly so – September 4th, 2012 marked the start of our 20th year as a soccer school!

Over the last 20 years our players have accepted Roman's challenge to be the best they could be, and as a result have achieved some amazing things; it is up to the young players who start their training at our field this season to continue pushing themselves so that Roman's soccer dream can live on.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been a part of this amazing process over the last two decades and look forward to offering many more years of excellence to Vancouver's brightest young soccer stars.


 2012 ''CUP NO.1'' CHAMPIONS! ~ July 2012

Tournaments In what was a tightly contested, high scoring match, the Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence’s U12 boys emerged victorious at the 2012 “Cup No. 1“ tournament in Denmark last week.

Earlier in the week the jet lagged Roman Tulis U12 boys opened the tournament against a team from Strandby, Denmark. After going down a goal early in a nervy start vs. this Danish team, the Roman Tulis boys recovered to open their campaign with a 3-1 win.


 U-13 Boys Hold Their Own in Scandinavian Tournament

Tournaments This 2011 European tour stated once more in the crowded mess that is YVR. As in previous years, 15 families came together, many for the first time. This would start a trip that would take nearly a full 24 hours to reach their destination and take 15 boys halfway across the world from the great white north to two tournaments in Scandinavia. Players, parents and coaches alike would spend the next 2 weeks together in a manner similar to many reality television shows. However, in this case there was no guarantee that anyone would walk away with a prize.


 2nd Annual Tulis Alumni Game A Success!

Alumni Games The 17th of June was pegged by weather forecasters as a chance for Vancouver to showcase its infamous west coast hospitality in the form of liquid sunshine. However, Roman Sr. was clearly smiling alongside his alumni as the sunshine beat out the clouds in the first of many spectacular feats on the day. Perhaps only slightly more spectacular was the smell surrounding the training field, as instead of sweat and tears, the sweet aroma of European sausages greeted parents, players, and spectators alike as they made the time-honored trek to the Tulis facility. While Friday afternoon traffic held up the proceedings somewhat, it was clear as the Alumni warmed up that they were ready to shift to the heavy gears in memory of their beloved coach. Such was Roman's kindness and charisma that hundreds showed up to celebrate the things that he valued most: family, charity, and - of course - soccer. With the BCCCPA on site to accept donations in support of families burdened by the stresses and financial woes of childhood cancer, games and contests for children young and old, and a fantastic evening of soccer ahead, Roman's cleat prints were hard to miss while walking the venue.


 Tracking Tulis Alumni Around the Globe

Players in the Press Reason to celebrate Dana Cup Final, 2011 - 2nd place finalists

2011 was an exciting year for our Tulis Alumni as many of our players made breakthroughs and reinvented themselves on the global soccer scene. Whether forging a career at university or blossoming in the spotlight of some of the world’s most competitive leagues, it’s clear that hard work and determination are part and parcel of their success, sentiments very much echoed in Roman’s philosophy for the school. It was Roman’s hope that as his players grew and developed upon leaving the school, they would return to inspire and support another generation of Tulis players; over the years, countless Alumni have done just that, and none in a bigger way than at the Alumni Charity Match. As an attempt to show our young players that big things await them if they make a commitment to becoming “…the best that [they] can be”, the match (to be held for third time this spring/summer) will showcase many of the Alumni featured in this report.

Tulis Players in the News 2011

Marcus Haber, 2005 School Boy & 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Back in blue; Marcus Haber’s work rate and clinical striking skills have led to a regular spot in the first eleven of Scottish First Division side, St. Johnstone.

While Marcus struggled with injury in the first half of 2011, the start of a new season in August brought with it a renewed hope for the Tulis-bred striker. Currently plying his trade in the Scottish First Division with St. Johnstone, Marcus has managed to cement his place in a squad that has taken down the likes of Celtic in a season that so far sees them sitting 4th in the league. Marcus has netted twice (vs. Hibernian & Aberdeen) and provided his strike partners with numerous assists as he looks to make himself a force for his club as their form continues to improve into the new year.

Terry Dunfield, 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

Reason to celebrate; Terry Dunfield does his Country proud by scoring his first international goal against Ecuador in June, 2011.

After a memorable start to 2011 that saw him score for his hometown club in their first-ever MLS match, Terry soon found himself playing with the very team that his first strike did damage against as he made a shock move from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Toronto FC. Perhaps his International form fueled Toronto’s desire to sign the Tulis product, as Terry got on the score sheet for Canada for the first time on June 1st, 2011 in a 2-2 draw against South American giants, Ecuador. Since arriving in Ontario’s capital, Terry has received a warm reception from TFC fans as he continues to lead the charge in growing the beautiful game right here on home soil.

Niall Cousens, 2006 School Boy

Hard work pays off; Niall Cousens puts in the time on training pitch while trying to make a name for himself in Europe with Slavia Prague.

The last few seasons have been big ones for Niall, with the young striker poised to build on what is an already blossoming career by cementing his place in an experienced Sparta Prague side. While the traditional Canadian soccer stigma has made it difficult for him to earn the approval of the locals, his sublime technical ability and relentless movement is quickly winning fans. As with many of our Alumni, you can keep up to date with all of Niall’s exploits either through Facebook or via a quick web search which reveals his website alongside numerous stories that have been written about this prolific Tulis starlet.

Kevin Harmse, 2000 School Boy

Tough as nails; in a battle for the ball against Chivas USA, Kevin shows why he’s still a force to be reckoned with on the professional soccer stage.

During the first half of 2011, Kevin made a surprise return to the Vancouver Whitecaps after having first played with them 6 years earlier. While making solid contributions in the opportunities he was given, the hero’s homecoming was not to be as Kevin parted ways with the squad a few months after signing. New challenges are on the horizon, however, as he recently signed with NASL expansion franchise, the San Antonio Scorpions. Unveiled as one of the club’s marquee signings, he’s well placed to be an integral part of an organization that is nothing short of special. A first in North American professional sport, the Scorpions are a non-profit soccer club with an aim to raise funds and awareness to support children with disabilities in the San Antonio area; add to that a new stadium that is currently under construction, and it’s easy to see why there’s a lot of excitement behind this new, unquestionably unique team.

Mason Trafford, 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

Great start, better Finnish; after impressing early, Mason Trafford has become key to much of the success that IFK Mariehamn is having in the Veikkausliiga this year.

After signing for IFK Mariehamn of the Finnish First Division last year, Mason has made himself an indispensable part of the squad. Leading his teammates from the backline, he’s managed to stop some of the continent’s finest strikers while at the same time finding the back of the net twice himself. Mason has certainly chosen a unique path, as Finland hasn’t historically been a soccer superpower, but the Finnish league’s exposure has grown of late, recently developing a devout following among locals. At 25 years old, he is starting to play some of the best soccer of his life; with time on his side to continue improving, the future is looking promising for this Tulis Alumnus.

Paige Adams, 2003-2006 School Girl & 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

Finally on form; after a year of injury struggles, Paige is getting back her best, making defenders’ worst nightmares come true in the NCAA.

2011 was a comeback year for Paige after she was sidelined due to injury in 2010. After being named to the 2009 Big Ten All-Freshman team, she was back to prove that she could still compete with the best young players in North America at the University of Wisconsin. Throughout the season, she made 14 appearances for the Badgers, getting back to goal scoring ways with an important stroke against Purdue University. Given her strong finish to the year, there’s much anticipation as to what she’ll be able to produce in her fourth and likely final year at the U of W.

Jovan Blagojevic, 2007 School Boy

Eye on the ball; Jovan slips between defenders, in what was a common sight on the NCAA pitches in a blistering 2011 for the Tulis striker.

In his second year coaching in the full-time program, there is little doubt that Jovan has an acute and insightful understanding of the game. In 2011, he put that understanding to good use during his exploits on the pitch with Simon Fraser University’s Men’s Soccer Team, the first – and only – Canadian university to compete in the prestigious NCAA. In a record breaking undefeated season in the GNAC conference, Jovan led the Clan with 3 goals and 3 assists. Thanks to Jovan’s expert striking skills, SFU went on to claim 18 wins and a draw to finish atop the GNAC standings in the NCAA Division II.

Alexander Marello, 2004 School Boy

Catch him if you can; Alex’s tireless performances in the midfield this season have helped him to solidify a reputation as a rising star in Holland’s second division.

Alex recently signed a professional contract with SC Veendam of the Dutch Eerste Divisie (Second Division), securing a Canadian presence in the north of soccer-mad Netherlands. Drawing on his experience with the Canadian U-17 and U-20 National teams, Alex has been hailed by locals for bringing a distinctly international flavour not usually associated with the Great White North. While Veendam have struggled so far this season, they have found promising form of late, hoping to make a climb up the table during the new year; led by the Roman Tulis 2004 School Boy in the midfield, such an increase in fortunes is more likely than not.

Kent O’Connor, 2004 School Boy & 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Staying loyal; even through his European and university exploits, Kevin always has time to return to the school and pay tribute to the coach that started it all.

After returning from his most recent international spell in Germany, Kent decided to put his soccer skills to work in securing an education at one of Canada’s premier institutions. Back in Vancouver and with the UBC Thunderbirds for the first time this season, he made quick work of securing the confidence of his coaches and teammates, scoring 2 goals in 5 starts from midfield to cap off a good first season. Kent has also found ways to give back to the community he grew up in, coaching the Douglas Park U-16 Gold Boys’ Team to winning ways in the first half of the 2011-2012 season.

Gianluca Zavarise, 2003 School Boy & 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Air Canada; Gianluca hit new heights this year as he starred for Canadian giants Toronto FC in a season that saw him hold his own against North America’s best.

Even though Toronto and Vancouver aren’t exactly close on the map, Gianluca’s Canadian ties were enough to make playing in Ontario’s capital feel like home. After securing a spot in the national team pool, it was only a matter of time before the MLS took notice. In January of 2011, he was invited to attend a Toronto FC preseason tour than included a trip to Turkey; the rest, as they say, is history. In a season that saw the fiery midfielder string passes through opposition backlines, Gianluca was able to impact nearly every game he played in. A free agent for the upcoming 2012 season, he’s sure to be on wanted lists for teams across the continent, and perhaps even beyond.

Michael Nonni, 2006 School Boy

Leading the chase; in his third year at UCSB, Michael’s presence played a big part in securing a trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

As a third year player for the University of California Santa Barbara, Michael has become a regular fixture on the NCAA scene. While pursuing interests in Business and Sports Management, he contributed to another successful season for the southern giants as he led the team to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. With his support, the Gauchos managed to push on past their opening round opponents and all the way to the third round, stopped short just before the quarter finals. His tireless work along the front line was rewarded with some important assists, contributing to an outstanding 2nd place finish in the highly competitive Big West Conference.

Brandon Bonifacio

Determined to succeed; as a fourth-year senior with the UBC Thunderbirds this season, Brandon’s attitude played a big part in creating a winning mentality for the team.

Brandon, a Vancouver native and long-time Tulis player, played a prominent role in midfield for the UBC Thunderbirds in a highly successful season. Currently in his 4th year of studies, he’s making the most of his international experience with the Canadian U-20 Men’s National Team to help the development of some of the younger players on the squad, an endeavor that has had an immediate impact for the Thunderbirds, and should do so for years to come.

Sean Haley, 2008 School Boy

Taking off; after a breakout second season with UBC, Sean has put Canadian universities on notice that he’s a force to be reckoned with on all areas of the pitch.

One of the more recent Tulis graduates, Sean is making the most of his soccer education at UBC where he gave flight to the Thunderbirds this season through his dominating performances in central midfield. In his second year at UBC, Sean’s hard work and commitment was recognized by the league as he earned the honour of Canada West Athlete of the Week on October 11th. During a season that has seen him start all 8 league games and slot 5 goals from central midfield, his consistency was perhaps most impressive; you’d be hard pressed to find a day when Sean wasn’t a stand-out performer for the Vancouver-based team.

Carolyn Bell, 2006 School Girl

All smiles; Carolyn is has good reason to be happy after her team went all the way to both the Quebec and CIS National Championship semi-finals this season.

Although her performances were restricted somewhat this season, Carolyn made the most of the opportunities she was given, shoring up the backline of a team that finished the year as the 4th ranked squad in Canadian University athletics in a highly impressive 2011. Currently in her third year of studies, Carolyn has used her soccer skills to great advantage to securing an education at one of Canada’s finest facilities, setting herself up for a degree in International Development Studies. As one of the hardest working young women ever to work under Roman’s guidance, expect Carolyn to enjoy a successful 2012 as she enters her senior year with the Martlets.

Gabriel Ho-Garcia, 2010 School Boy

Not only a great soccer player but also an amazing field hockey player, Gabriel Ho-Garcia, earned his first 6 caps for Canada's National Senior Men's Field Hockey team in Johannesburg, South Africa in November/December 2011 and also scored his first international goal in only his second game for Canada (in their 3-2 loss to Argentina). Fluent in Spanish and English, Ho-Garcia just grinned when he revealed he could understand all the Argentineans' were saying on the pitch, going as far to confess that he would willingly have traded his goal for a Canada victory.


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