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March 2017

 Spring Break Soccer Camp 2017, Boys & Girls , Ages 6 - 13

Players in the Press Register Today for the Spring Break Soccer Camp 2016
Date: Monday, March 20th through Thursday, March 23rd
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Fortius Sport and Health located at the 3677 Kensington Ave in Burnaby
Cost: $165.00 + GST ($173.25)

“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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 Summer Camps 2017

Not Classified Our Summer Programs are for all levels of players who want to get more enjoyment from the sport of soccer. Training emphasis is on individual technique, team play, and sportsmanship. The program is specifically designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve their skills. Our goals for each student are to learn new techniques, to improve the ones they already have, and to make the best of their newly found skills with every team on which they play. These camps also serve as tryouts for our full time program.

Registration is now open! Sign up early; we sell out very fast!

Ask us about our sibling and team discounts!

“We have searched for a summer 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.”

Register today for a summer soccer camp 2017
Register today for a summer soccer camp 2015


 Dr. Ivan Galad

School This past November the school welcomed a very special guest coach. Dr. Ivan Galad from Slovakia, who was a close friend to Roman Tulis Sr. and remains a family friend to the Tulis family came to work with our full time players and coaches.

Dr. Galad has had an incredible career that spans 33 years as a professional player and coach, including stints in charge of Slovak Super Liga sides FC Nitra, FC Senec, and MFK Ruzomberok. From 2011-2014, he was also in charge of the U-21 Slovakian National Team, overseeing the development of countless world-class players. He is also among the most educated coaches in the game, earning a PhD in Physical Education and Sports from Comenius University, his UEFA A and UEFA Pro coaching licenses, as well as full-time residencies to expand his football education at PSV Eindhoven, OFC Nice, and Liverpool FC.

Dr. Galad has spent time at our school before, working alongside Roman Sr. for a week or two at a time during 1995-1997 as well as several week-long visits throughout the 2000's. It was Roman's belief that working with professional European coaches of Dr. Galad's calibre will both broaden our players' footballing outlook and inspire them to take their game to the next level. It also provides our players and coaches an opportunity to experience first-hand the latest European training methods, concepts, and ideologies.


 Annual Report 2015

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2015 Europe Trip

It was a busy and exciting summer for our U12 boys who took to the skies in search of testing themselves against the best competition that Europe has to offer. They took part in the world-renowned Cup No. 1 and Gothia Cup tournaments in Frederikshavn, Denmark and Gothenburg, Sweden respectively. The Gothia Cup, in particular, is referred to as the “Youth World Cup” for the sheer number, diversity, and quality of teams that participate. First up was Denmark. Our U12 boys showed great character to fight through their jet lag on the first match day of Cup No.1 in Frederikshavn, Denmark on Tuesday, with Manmeet Jhutty scoring a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Cercle Municipale de Casablanca from Morocco. This isn’t the first time that a Tulis team has faced opposition from Morrocco: in 2009, our U13 boys won a close 1-0 match against Sporting Atlantic SC to reach the round of 16 in the Gothia Cup. In the afternoon, despite heavily out-chancing their opponents – including a series of unlucky crossbars – our boys fell 2-0 to SK Vard Haugesand from Norway. The coaches were proud of the way that the players responded to their first taste of international competition and were confident that they could improve on their results in the coming days.

True to coaches predictions, the boys found their goal-scoring touch on the second day of the tournament, putting 6 goals past Hammarby IF in a one-sided 6-1 victory. Agam Dhami scored a brilliant hat trick, followed by Manmeet Jhutty with 2 goals and Kieran Eve with 1. Their confidence from playing so well in the morning carried them through into the afternoon, as they battled back after conceding an early penalty to beat Bangsbo Freya 2-1. Kieran Eve and Manmeet Jhutty added to their tallies, supported by strong team play. They continued their winning ways on Thursday, defeating the hosts Frederikshavn FI by a score of 4-2 to qualify for the A-Playoffs.

Despite their best efforts in the quarter finals, they couldn’t overcome a strong Mercedarios side from Spain, falling out of the tournament in the Round of 16 after a 2-1 loss. The coaches are extremely proud of the character the boys showed against some very difficult opponents, and would like to congratulate Reading FC from England on winning the tournament!

As soon as the tournament wrapped up, our globetrotting boys set sail across the North Sea to Gothenburg, Sweden for the Gothia Cup. Awaiting them was a true soccer spectacle, featuring representation from 74 countries that totalled 1754 teams and 40,200 players! In their age group alone, our boys were fighting to be the best among 197 teams. The opening ceremony was a sight to behold, with a sold-out crowd of 56,420 welcoming the start of the tournament with music, flags, and fireworks.

Our boys opened the tournament against Las Rozas CF from Madrid, a team that played with the characteristic flair and skill that Spanish teams are known for. It was a closely contested affair, but a single goal from the Spaniards was our undoing in a 1-0 loss. Despite the unfortunate result, coach Felex remarked that it was a great learning experience to be confronted with a style that the players don’t get to see at home. Next up were a team of Scandinavian giants, BK Olympic Vit from the southern Swedish city of Malmo. Despite being at a significant disadvantage for height and strength, the boys battled to earn a 1-1 draw and their first point of the tournament. In their last group stage match, the Tulis boys came up against hometown favourites and perennial powerhouse IFK Goteborg, losing 4-1. However, the point they earned in their second match was good enough for 3rd in the group and a place in the B-playoffs against Skene IF, another Swedish team. After being frustrated for goals despite some good play early in the tournament, the floodgates opened for the Tulis team in this knock-out match as they won 3-0. To add to the occasion, they played out the match at the tournament headquarters, the Heden center, with crowds of spectators passing by. Less than 3 hours later, they were back on the field against yet another Swedish team, Lunds BK. They fought well but eventually fell out of the tournament as fatigue from 11 matches in 10 days caught up with them in a 2-0 loss.

The coaches and parents were extremely impressed with the maturity and professionalism the boys showed throughout the trip. Even when results didn’t go their way, they remained polite, upbeat, and respectful. They represented our school – and our country – in the best possible light.

Way to go boys!

University Standouts

Adam Jones had another impressive season for SFU, playing and starting in every match while leading the team in both goals (8) and assists (6) – from midfield no less! Not far behind in team scoring was his younger brother, Kyle Jones, who had 4 goals and 3 assists during an incredible freshman year. Both players are developing under the guidance of experienced professional soccer player and Tulis alumnus, Kevin Harmse - see picture left (2010 School Boy & Hall of Fame Member), who is the assistant coach of SFU’s Men’s Soccer Team.

Harmse’s counterpart at UBC, Tulis alumnus Nigel Marples, played an important part in coaching UBC to another successful season. After winning the 2014 national championship, expectations were high for the Thunderbirds. They made another long run in the national championships, losing to eventual tournament winners, York University, in a 5-4 penalty shootout loss in the semi-finals.

Over in Ontario, former Tulis coach Julian Gailunas began his collegiate soccer career, featuring 11 times for Queen’s University in a competitive campaign that saw them finish 3rd in the OUA East Conference.

Whitecaps Residencys

As always, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program is flush with Tulis players. For the U-14’s, Zakiy Karim, Eryk Kobsa, Juvraj Kooner, Arjun Mann, Brandon Torresan, and Tristan Torresan contributed to a successful 2015 campaign for the blue and white. Itching ever-closer to the First Team are Whitecaps U-16 Residency players and Tulis products, Jonas Hakkinen, Alessandro Hojabrpour, and Evan Ince. The trio ended the year with a bang, beating the previously undefeated USSDA U-16 national champions FC Dallas 2-1. Way to go boys!

European Stars

The always-exciting Marcus Haber - see picture left (2005 School Boy & Hall of Fame Member) had another great year, notching 3 goals and 4 assists for Crewe Alexandria in England’s League One. His consistent play for The Railwaymen earned him another couple of call-ups to the Canadian Men’s National Team – most recently as a substitute in the second half of Canada’s historic 1-0 win over Honduras at BC Place in November. Look for Marcus to be an important part of the Canadian squad that hosts Mexico on March 25th. The match will again be played at BC Place, and limited numbers of tickets are still available in the upper bowl – get them soon before they’re gone!

Daniel Stanese is still playing his trade in the competitive European professional soccer scene as an integral member of FC Augsburg II in Regionella Bayern, the 4th level of German professional football. Having featured many times for the Canadian youth national teams, Daniel broke through into the Canadian Men’s National Team, debuting in a 1-1 draw with Iceland in January 2015.

Lucas Menz finished up a strong season with 4th division German side Kickers Offenbach, helping them to a league championship. He joined FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, another 4th division club, a few weeks into the 2015/16 season to solve their injury crisis in goal. Before he took over between the sticks, the club conceded at a rate of 2 goals per match; since his arrival, he has posted an impressive 1.5 goals against average, including a clean sheet in only his second game for the club!

After impressing during his first season at TSV 1860 Munich, Tulis alumnus Matthew Durrans was promoted from the U-17’s to the U-19’s. Over the first half of the 2015/16 season, his team sits comfortably atop the Junior Bundesliga South/Southwest standings with 37 points. With FC Bayern Munich’s U-19’s on just 24 points, it is clear that Matthew is part of something special.

“Local” Leagues

Michael Nonni - see picture left (2006 School Boy) demonstrated his versatility for FC Edmonton, featuring as both a midfielder and a defender throughout their 2015 NASL campaign.

Mason Trafford, central defender for Ottawa Fury of the NASL. After a slow start to the season, Ottawa Fury surged in the standings to earn themselves a place in the NASL Soccer Bowl Semi-Finals. Mason played the full 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw, plus 30 minutes of extra time where Trafford’s teammate and former Vancouver Whitecaps player Tom Heinemann scored the winner. Unfortunately, Ottawa fell at the final hurdle, losing 3-2 to New York Cosmos in the finals.


The following Tulis alumni experienced success in other sports over the past year:
Tulis coach Ari Nitikman - see picture left parlayed his trademark athleticism into a contract with the Vancouver Nighthawks of Major League Ultimate this past year. MLU is a semi-professional Ultimate Frisbee league that spans the continent, currently in its third season.

Tulis alumnus Mike Belle, a perennial NCAA golf standout, started his professional career on the Vancouver Golf Tour in October. He got his first tournament win on just his 4th start, going on to win 4 straight to close out the year.

Gabriel Ho-Garcia (2010 School Boy) fired the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey Team to a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with his exceptional play in the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto. His dominant performances at the tournament – including a 4 goal haul in an 8-1 win over Mexico – earned him a place on the prestigious Elite Team (a collection of the 16 best players in the tournament). Canada ended the tournament with a silver medal, losing to Argentina in the final. Make sure to look for Gabriel in the Olympics this summer!


 2015 Europe Trip

Tournaments It was a busy and exciting summer for our U12 boys who took to the skies in search of testing themselves against the best competition that Europe has to offer. They took part in the world-renowned Cup No. 1 and Gothia Cup tournaments in Frederikshavn, Denmark and Gothenburg, Sweden respectively. The Gothia Cup, in particular, is referred to as the “Youth World Cup” for the sheer number, diversity, and quality of teams that participate.


 Players in the News – 2015

Players in the Press On January 20th, 2015, Jovan Blagojevic (2007 School Boy and Hall of Fame member) was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft. In the process, he made history as the first player from a Canadian school to be drafted into the MLS. On February 24th, 2015, he was signed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and will lead the line for them in their inaugural season in the new-look USL.


 2014 Annual Report

Not Classified2014 was an exciting year for our Tulis alumni, both on and off the field. Throughout the year they pushed themselves to reach new heights, espousing our motto to “be the best [they] can be”. It really says something about the quality and number of their achievements that we couldn’t even include everyone’s stories and accomplishments in this report. However, we are truly proud of each and every one of them, and look forward to many more successes over the course of 2015. Make sure to connect with us on Facebook to stay up to date with their journeys as they continue to unfold!

Passing the Torch

Now that the Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence is into its 22nd year, it’s not surprising that many of the original cast of players are now hanging up their boots – professionally at least. However, the end of their era is good news for the next generation of players, with many Alumni returning to coach in the Vancouver area. In addition to the Tulis alumni on the current Roman Tulis coaching staff – Nicole Tulis, Caedyn Lennox, Tim Ainge (2009 School Boy), Kiefer Donnelley-Sui (2010 School Boy), Andrea Perrotta (2011, 2012, and 2013 School Girl), Ari Nitikman, Julian Gailiunus, Rukshila Dufault (2010 School Girl), and Colin Streckmann (2005 School Boy and Hall of Fame member) – many of our former players are coaching across the lower mainland.

Most recently, Kevin Harmse (2002 School Boy and Hall of Fame member) was appointed as the Assistant Coach of SFU’s Men’s Soccer Team. Joining him at the collegiate level is Nigel Marples, Assistant Coach of UBC’s Men’s Soccer Team in addition to his role coaching younger players at Fusion FC. Alfredo Valente (1995 School Boy and Hall of Fame member) is the Head Coach of Technical Programs at Coquitlam Metro Ford. Finally, Russel Huggon (1994 School Boy and Hall of Fame member) is enjoying a fine season at the helm of the Port Moody Lordco Gunners U-21 Men’s team, boasting a 100% record over 14 games thus far; outscoring their opposition 102-2 over that period.

Connect with your Alumni

With the ubiquity of information in the internet age, it’s becoming easier than ever to track the exploits of our players across the world. Almost every week, our alumni are featured in the news for their on and off-field exploits. It is also becoming possible to measure their performance against the rest of the world, with websites such as providing summaries of their goals, assists, and market values. According to a recent search on the popular player information database, the combined transfer market value of Tulis alumni is about €1.5 million – just north of $2 million Canadian dollars! However, beyond simply reading about them, technology offers even more exciting ways to interact with our Alumni. For example, Marcus Haber (2005 School Boy and Hall of Fame member - see picture left) is a striker for Crewe Alexandra in League 1 in England, and is available as a player in EA Sports FIFA 15 video game. His high “Strength” (84) and “Beast” (80) ratings should see him selected to the virtual teams of many of our current Tulis players.

True Professionals

Other players likely to be added to FIFA video games in the future are Mason Trafford (Hall of Fame member - see picture right) and Michael Nonni (2006 School Boy - see picture left), both defenders in the North American Soccer League. Mason made his return to Canada in 2014 with the Ottawa Fury after spending an interesting 2013 campaign playing for Guizhou Zhicheng FC in the southern Chinese province, Guizhou. Michael is in his third year with FC Edmonton, an ever-present in a side that finished third in 2014.

Although a few years younger than this pair, Daniel Stanese, a member of the 2007 European Tour that won the Dana Cup and placed third in the prestigious Gothia Cup, is also making a name for himself in the professional game. Having joined FC Ausburg II in Germany last year, his solid performances as a centre-back have earned him numerous call-ups to Canada’s U-20 national team, culminating in a promotion to the senior national side for two friendlies against Iceland this month (January 16th and January 19th).

Reaching New Heights

While he has been involved in professional football for several years now, 2014 was somewhat of a breakout year for Tulis alumni Lucas Menz. Lucas, a goalkeeper (see picture left), was part of the 2004 European Tour when he was just 14 years old, getting his first taste of European football in the form of a 2nd place finish at the St. Andrews International Football Festival in Scotland (picking up a win against professional side Dundee United along the way!). Since then, he has gone on to play with Quest University at the collegiate level, Whitecaps U-23, Ebbsfleet United in England, and Wormatia Worms in Germany. His impressive form at Wormatia prompted his current club, Kickers Offenbach, to take a chance on the Canadian. Kickers Offenbach currently play in the German 4th division, located in Offenbach am Main, just a short drive from Frankfurt. Founded in 1901, their long history has included several seasons in the Bundesliga during the 70s and 80s, as well as relegation outside of the professional football pyramid in the early 90s.

Currently, they are a club on the rise, leading the Regionalliga Südwest with 49 points from 20 games, making them strong favourites for a promotion to the 3rd division next season. More remarkable than their league form this season, however, have been their performances in the DFB-Pokal, the German Cup. Like its English counterpart, the FA Cup, the DFP-Pokal pits all levels of German football against one another, paving the way for the rare “giant killers” of the lower leagues to eliminate teams in the top divisions. Lucas and his teammates made headlines when they took down FC Ingolstadt of the 2nd Bundesliga in a nervy penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. They secured their next scalp with a 1-0 victory over another 2nd Bundesliga opponent, Karlsruher SC, sending them into the Round of 16. Their next challenge is Borussia Mönchengladbach, a team currently ranked 4th in the Bundesliga – that match is scheduled for either March 3rd or 4th. Check our Facebook page,, regularly for updates on Lucas’s progress and for details on how to watch that historic fixture once broadcasting schedules are announced.

Rising Stars

We have several young players training alongside Europe’s elite as they seek to carve out a career for themselves. Tim Solinger (see picture left)joined up with the U-16 side of Almere City FC of the Eerste Divisie (Dutch 2nd Division), setting him on course to join the ranks of world-class midfielders that have come through the Dutch youth system over the years.

In neighbouring Germany, Matthew Durrans (see picture right) earned a spot on TSV 1869 Munich’s U-17 team in August of 2013. Playing in the South/Southwest region of the B-Junioren Bundesliga, Matthew has shown over the past year and a half that he can compete with the best young players from top sides such as FC Bayern Munich and FSV Mainz 05.

Diego Villavicencio is enjoying life in the warmer climes of Spain, representing Madrid-based side AD Colmenar Viejo’s U-19 team. Diego is no stranger to life abroad, having spent training stints in Mexico with Pumas and Club America over the past few seasons.

Kings & Queens of Campus

As always seems to be the case, the Canadian university soccer scene was dominated by Tulis alumni, with several former players leading the formidable UBC Thunderbirds and SFU Clan to successful seasons. Jovan Blagojevic (see picture left) (2007 School Boy and Hall of Fame member) captained SFU’s Men’s Soccer Team during 2014, scoring a league-leading 18 goals in 18 games to earn GNAC & West Region player of the year awards, as well as a spot in the highly coveted All-America team. And while it’s been 5 years now since Jovan last trained with the school, his continued contributions as a coach as well as his impressive on-field performances saw him inducted into our Hall of Fame at our Christmas party in December.

Also at SFU is a more recent graduate, Adam Jones (see picture left), who made a name for himself while with the Whitecaps Residency program over the last few years. Meanwhile over at UBC, Niall Cousens (see picture right) (2006 School Boy), Paul Clerc and Andrew Grange were mainstays of a perennially-strong Thunderbird side. Niall bagged 7 goals and 5 assists as a striker, terrorizing defenders with his pace, technique, and imposing 6’4” frame. Paul, the team’s captain, notched 2 goals and 2 assists as a centre back. If you read our annual report last year, you would know that Paul is also a distinguished scholar, earning the Governor General’s All-Academic Commendation in 2013 for his superior academic and athletic performance. Graduating this spring, he hopes to start medical school in the fall. Andrew, who has a few years of eligibility left with UBC, is faced with the difficult task of replacing Paul’s physical presence on the Thunderbird backline. However, given that he turned down the opportunity to play in the Bayernliga, the top tier of amateur German football, to play for UBC, he certainly has the quality to do the job. 

Not to be outdone by the boys, Tulis alumni Pamela Villavicencio (see picture left, in the middle) and Christine Zwimpfer (see picture right) (2011 School Girl) have also excelled on the varsity stage. Pamela saw limited playing time in her freshman year with the University of North Florida Ospreys, but impressed from midfield against tough NCAA Division I opposition when called upon. Her performances caught the eye of soccer officials from her native Mexico, earning her a call up to the Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team training camp. Christine (pictured right) plays north of the border for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, leading her team to a 3rd place finish in the competitive Ontario University Athletics East Conference, scoring 3 goals in the process.


While their sports might no longer be soccer, Michael Belle (see picture left) and Gabriel Ho-Garcia (see picture right) (2010 School Boy) continue to demonstrate their superior athleticism and work ethic by competing at an elite level in golf and field hockey respectively. Michael finished his golf career at SFU in 2014, captaining the team in his senior year. Since then, he has gone on to place 2nd in the British Columbia Men’s Amateur Championship, qualifying him for the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship where he made the cut in a difficult field. Gabriel has emerged as a leader on the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey Team after several years with the program. At the Champion Challenge 1 in Kuantan, Malaysia, he led Canada to its best-ever performance at the tournament, finishing second after losing to a tough South Korean team in the finals.


 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

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$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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