RVDL Academy Founders

Michael Scholz
Co-founder and Academy Director

It was the Vision of Michael to create a Best in Class Soccer program, second to none for Player Development in Canada when he enlisted the assistance of Robin to get RVDL off the ground.  Born in Germany and playing in the park each summer while there, sparked the fire for the love of the game. As a father of 4 boys, 3 of which played Rep soccer, Michael was actively involved with the soccer community since 1997.  Former roles included Team manager, assistant coach and Head Coach CSL Elite.  These various roles gave him the insight to the club rep system. Prior and in addition to his volunteer roles in the soccer community Michael also held various volunteer committee, board and executive positions within the local community including 10 years as President of the local Lakeview Ratepayers Association and 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council.  Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors of SAAC (Soccer Academy Alliance Canada). 

As President of a Graphic Design and Marketing Company and being an avid Manchester United fan, Michael was keen to get involved with Manchester United Soccer School when he learned that they had come to Canada. On ManU's departure 2 years later, It was Michael's vision to create and be able to provide a program that was second to none in Canada in an effort to make a change at the provincial, national and International level when it came to developing local players.  Michael, is involved full time with RVDL Soccer Academy and utilizing his business, marketing and creative problem solving skills in conjunction with his soccer awareness and community leadership skills, together with the coaching staff have forged a program and skill set that can only reap huge rewards for the Soccer Community in Canada.  With Robin's departure back  to the UK, Michael has had a more active role ensuring the program that he and Robin along with staff created, continues to be delivered so all players will continue to benefit.  Working with contacts in the UK and Europe will continue to provide great benefits for RVDL players here in Canada.







Robin van der Laan (Co-founder 2009-2013)

Robin developed through the excellent youth Academy system in Holland, with the world renowned “total football” philosophies from the Dutch.  This soccer education gave him the tools to progress into the professional game as a player.  A playing career that lasted for 14 years in both Holland and England, which included playing in the English Premier League With Derby County FC as well as in the Championship League & League One with Port Vale FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Barnsley FC. 

As an English FA UEFA “A” license coach Robin was fortunate enough to find a perfect fit for his beliefs on how soccer should be played starting off with Port Vale FC and Derby County FC,  progressing to International Head Coach for Manchester United Soccer Schools, leading the team of coaches in Canada in 2006 for 2 years as well as other short-term international projects.  This experience provided Robin the opportunity to coach players with many different backgrounds and cultures all over the world. 

In mid 2009 Robin returned to Canada with his family to help start the RVDL Soccer Academy.  During his time in Canada, Robin and co-founder Mike worked with the coaching staff to develop the RVDL program and curriculum.  He provided mentoring to our internationally experienced coaches, ensuring the program continues to provide players maximum benefit on the field.  Robin has since returned to the UK with his family in 2013 and has taken on the role of Head coach for the Newcastle Town FC first team. 


Tom And Family
5 Stars Rating

I highly recommend RVDL Soccer Academy, my son loves it there and the coaches are great! There is a large emphasis on technical skills and the kids receive a lot of individual attention due to the coach-player ratio. The kids learn so much while having fun!

Mikko S.
5 Stars Rating

My son just joined the academy program for 2017-2018 season. He is already having so much fun practicing and improving his soccer skills. Training sessions are well organized and planned with great coaches emphasizing technical skillset for the players. Good stuff!!!

5 Stars Rating

Our son's been training with RVDL for just under a year now and has developed quite significantly not only technically but also in his confidence on and off the field. This is all thanks to the positive enriching environment that has been created by Coach Steve, Coach Stefan and Team Owner Mike.
Prior to arriving at RVDL, our son had trained with a big team in Oakville - they were well over capacity and our son was frequently told he could stay on the team to train however games weren't an option because he didn't have any game time experience. Read that again. He didn't have game time experience because he wasn't offered any. From our experience in speaking with many parents out of Oakville, this is the reality and the norm.
How will your son/daughter ever develop to build their confidence and flourish in the sport they love under a " stacked team" well over capacity who's sole focus isn't your child's OWN development and growth but the team's winning.
It's just not possible.

RVDL isn't like any other club. They care about our kids, bottom line, and know how to properly train a player at each and every practice with one on one attention.
Remember parents, it's all about development and love of the game : )

Damian J.
5 Stars Rating

This academy has a unique training program that is focused on individual played development. Their regular program and the additional training offered by RVDL in Shooting or Touch Master has helped my kids excel and become competitive Improving the overall game. This academy provides high quality coaches that are licensed, which is important knowing your receiving proper training for your kids. If you're looking to improve your game and like the challenge contact them, they are available for try outs anytime.

Rania E.
5 Stars Rating

Both my sons have been going to RVDL for the past 2 years now and the skills and advancement that i have seen is really amazing.
I like the coaches there they are motivational, close to the kids and firm.
Overall best choice for soccer academy and this is after trying multiple schools and academies here.

Sandra B.
5 Stars Rating

My son has made the switch from local soccer to the RVDL academy. He loves it! The coaches are great. the technical aspect of the game is where we see the difference. He looks forward to practice and always enjoys Learning with his teammates.

Vas R.
5 Stars Rating

We have been with RVDL for several years and can say that the training that kids receive is true European football. Our kids have progressively gotten better every year, which is what truely matters not whether teams win or lose a game. We currently have two of our three kids at RVDL, our eldest moved to the OVDL program at age 13, after being with RVDL for 6 years. He is considered to be strong soccer player on his team. This would not have been possible without RVDL’s coaches and training program.

Dianna D.
5 Stars Rating

Excellent club and coach Steve C. is phenomenal. We have been with RVDL for over 6+ years now and our son has benefitted from the RVDL philosophy and training.

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