Mike brings all his experience from a variety of sports organizations. Mike's expertise in this area enriches our project.
Director of Communications & Secretary, Treasure (Interim)
Originally from Chile. Rodrigo, is a lover of the beautiful game. He brings fresh ideas to our academy. He is in charge of our communications and social media departments. Also he is the secretary of the academy.
Facility & Equipment Director
Ryan brings a wealth of experience from a variety of sports. Ryan served on the committee for The Canada Summer. Ryan was integral to the development of the Futbol 5 Tournament in October 2019 in Brandon.
Originally from Colombia, Alexander came up through minor ranks before playing semi-professional. His passion and enthusiasm for kids learning the beautiful game of soccer is not only inspiring, it is admirable. Alex has coached teams ages 10-19 with tremendous success, and he is just getting started ! Alex is excited a
Originally from Colombia, Alexander came up through minor ranks before playing semi-professional. His passion and enthusiasm for kids learning the beautiful game of soccer is not only inspiring, it is admirable. Alex has coached teams ages 10-19 with tremendous success, and he is just getting started ! Alex is excited and optimistic about the look and feel of soccer in Brandon. Alexander's 3 boys all play soccer within the BUFC program and his oldest plays in ACC's team.
Travis hails from the windy province of Saskatchewan ! Travis has worked internationally and brings an eclectic blend of knowledge and experience to the BUFC board. We look forward to seeing how Travis will enrich the BUFC program.
Laura, Tanya & Mike
Mike, Laura, & Rodrigo
Ryan & Laura
Laura & Adam
Alex, Tyler, and Marshal
Rodrigo & Ryan
Brandon United Football Co-operative was imagined by Coach Alexander Cruz and brought to life with the help of Gerald & Margot Cathcart. The academy-style soccer school, a registered incorporated co-operative, was officially launched in August 2018. Approximately 50 kids, ages 7 to 17, showed up for the inaugural practice at BYSA Fields in Brandon, Manitoba.
BUFC Academy's mission is to create opportunities for learning, guiding players to discover new skills and enhancing these in order for them to reach their full potential. At BUFC we strive to coach players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically whilst always providing a fun, safe and educational environment.
Our vision is to be a recognized soccer club that provides high quality soccer for the Westman region community at low cost, implementing technology and individual development plans for each child in our academy without forgetting our values. respect, loyalty, inclusivity and diversity. Following the foundations of BUFC Academy Technical Development Plan as they are the same philosophies of Canada Soccer Long Term Player Development (LTPD).
BUFC Dreams uses mentorship teaching methods under the guidance of former professional soccer players and knowledgeable team. Our methods include a mixture of European and South American indoctrination.
Our philosophy is that each player is a separate project with defined goals and pathways. Players are taught the technical and tactical part of the game that will enable them to perform at their highest level.
The areas of player and coach development are intertwined and codependent on one another. The aligning of these two pathways are crucial to BUFC player projects or IDPs (Individual Development Plans). Without strong consideration to the coach's education, the player will not develop to their full potential.