Early success in the elite SAAC League Translates Into New Teams for 2017 and  Expanded Indoor Training Programs for the Academy!

Area’s Only OSA-Accredited Pro Soccer Academy Adds New Elite Teams and Launches Indoor Training Programs in Kingston & Belleville

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Early success in the elite SAAC League Translates Into New Teams for 2017 and  Expanded Indoor Training Programs for the Academy!

Early success in the elite SAAC League Translates Into New Teams for 2017 and Expanded Indoor Training Programs for the Academy!

News Release

October 7, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kingston, ON – Following a highly successful foray into the elite Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada (SAAC) league this summer, the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy today announced plans to expand its elite youth team line-up for 2017 and also launched its Fall/Winter soccer development training programs which will take place in both Kingston and Belleville.

Buoyed by the successful inaugural season in the highly-competitive SAAC league, the KBFC Academy confirmed plans to enter additional SAAC teams for the 2017 summer outdoors season.  KBFC intends to enter both a U-12 and U-13 boys team in SAAC next summer, and may consider additional teams – both boys and girls. To that end, KBFC Academy has issued an invitation to any youth player born between 2003 and 2008 interested in elite-level Academy soccer to attend an open training session and information night the Academy will host at the 1000 Islands Sportsplex on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6 pm (players born 2006, 2007 & 2008) and 7 pm (players born 2006, 2007 & 2008). Interested Players/Parents are asked to pre-register at www.kbfcacademy.ca.

Lorne Abugov, General Manager of the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy and Mike Akai, Technical Director of the Academy unveiled four age-related indoor pro soccer development programs in Kingston and a multi-age training program in Belleville beginning later this month and continuing until March 2017. All of the KBFC Academy indoor programs are geared towards both elite players in the region aged 11 and older and recreational soccer players aged 5 to 10 years of age.

The 2016-2017 Kingston-based programs, which are open to all boys and girls within the Kingston-Belleville-Quinte region, are entitled Kickstart, Kickspark Intro, Kickspark and Kicksmart, and each is described in the Schedule to this News Release.

In addition, management of the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy today announced the organization’s first indoor program based in Belleville for boys and girls aged 13 to 16+, which will run at the Loyalist Dome for 18 sessions split into Fall (8 sessions) and Winter (10 sessions) and which will commence on October 29 and conclude on March 18, 2017.

The Academy also issued congratulations to three of its young members who spent this past summer competing along with their KBFC Academy U-12 Boys teammates in the elite Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada (SAAC) League based in Toronto. Adrian Dagres, Zakariyya Brewster and Reda Hussain of the KBFC Academy U-12 team were recently identified by the Toronto FC organization – based upon their strong play in the SAAC League – to join other young SAAC League talents in a training session showcase for the MLS club’s coaches. Following their strong showing in Toronto during the initial player assessments, all three KBFC Academy youngsters have now been invited back for the final round of tryouts with the Toronto FC Academy on Saturday, October 16th.

“There is no clearer proof of the worth of youth Academy soccer in our district than the opportunity our players have received from Toronto FC in our first season of elite competition,” said Mr. Akai. “This past season in the SAAC league has given these Kingston youth players a level of exposure to elite Academy teams in the province and to pro coaches at the top of the pyramid of play in this province. This is truly unprecedented for Kingston soccer players, but it proves we have the talent waiting to be properly developed, and it’s only just begun!”

BACKGROUND & QUOTES

In early August 2015, the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy was designated by the OSA as the province’s 22nd Ontario Registered Non-Club Academy (ORNCA), a prized, standards-based designation reserved for elite soccer development academies, becoming one of only two OSA ORNCA-accredited pro soccer academies east of the Greater Toronto Area, the other being the Kevin Nelson Soccer Academy based in Ottawa.

According to Mike Akai, having “…an ORNCA-accredited pro soccer academy in the Kingston-Belleville region is a huge step forward for soccer training and development in our region. Achieving the Ontario Soccer Association’s gold-standard is the culmination of several years of hard work laying the groundwork and then months of intense effort in satisfying the OSA’s rigorous criteria for Academies, including technical inspections by OSA personnel who adjudged our training sessions to be among the best in the province,” said Mr. Akai.

For Lorne Abugov, the OSA designation was a welcome reward for the time and effort already invested by the Kingston-Belleville FC Pro Soccer Academy in improving the level of soccer in the region, including the efforts of many of the pro coaches and players who pioneered pro soccer in and around Kingston with the Kingston FC Pro Soccer teams. “We are very proud to have brought pro soccer to Kingston in 2012, and we made a difference to this community when we did so,” said Mr. Abugov. “Now we can be equally proud to bring a certified OSA ORNCA pro soccer academy to this region, once again breaking new ground for the soccer community here and for kids and parents who are committed to the love of soccer and to playing the sport at the highest level possible.”

Both Mr. Akai and Mr. Abugov were delighted that parents who had to travel in the past to Toronto or to the United States to find elite level training and pro soccer development for their talented youngsters could now benefit from proven, standards-based Academy pro soccer training programs of comparable or higher quality delivered right here in the region.

As a result of the OSA designation, the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy is now fully sanctioned to work with all OSA-registered soccer players throughout the region to enhance their technical development. The Academy’s objective is to offer professional quality training to all players in the region with a view to supplementing their youth clubs’ programs, thereby raising the overall level of skills and competency in areas of the Academy’s operations. Players enrolled in all Academy programs can maintain their youth club registrations and do not currently need to register with the OSA through the Academy.

For a description of the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy‘s Fall/Winter indoor soccer training programs, please see the attached Schedule or visit our brand new KBFC Academy website at www.kbfcacademy.ca to register for the new Kickstart, Kickspark Intro, Kickspark and Kicksmart programs or the upcoming Belleville Youth Training program.

Contacts:

For Program Registration Information: Contact Mike Akai KBFC Pro Soccer Academy at mikeakai@gmail.com

For Academy Information: Contact Lorne Abugov KBFC Pro Soccer Academy at lorne.abugov@rogers.com

SCHEDULE

Eastern Ontario’s newest OSA-Accredited Pro Soccer Academy Announces Elite Indoor Training Programs in Kingston & Belleville

The Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy is proud to announce its new line-up of elite and recreational soccer development programs for boys and girls aged 5 and up throughout the Kingston-Belleville-Quinte region.

All Programs begin in late October 2016 and run through to March 2017 in locations in Kingston and Belleville. To register for any of the Kingston programs – Kickstart, Kickspark Intro, Kickspark and Kicksmart – or the new Belleville youth training program kindly visit our brand new KBFC Academy website at www.kbfcacademy.ca or contact Mr. Mike Akai at mikeakai@gmail.com.

“KICKSTART”

This program is aimed at recreational players aged 5-10 years old. It will be run once a week at the St. Lawrence College gymnasium from 9:00 am to 11:00 am beginning October 29, 2016. Young players are introduced to the sport and will learn soccer’s basic skills in a fun and educational environment that will provide a foundation for elite and competitive soccer advancement.

“KICKSPARK INTRO”

This program is aimed at recreational players aged 7-10 years old. It will be run twice a week between October and March (Fridays at the 1000 Islands Sportsplex from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Sundays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Queen’s University MacArthur Gymnasium). The Program start date is Friday, October 28, 2016. Young players are introduced to the sport and will learn soccer’s basic skills in a fun and educational environment that will provide a foundation for elite and competitive soccer advancement.

“KICKSPARK”

This program is designed for players aged 11 to 13 who have demonstrated the intent and ability to play at the competitive level. While the program will have a stronger focus on the educational content, it will instill the “fun” aspect necessary to capture and maintain the interest of the young player. The gentle introduction to a professional environment will ensure our players understand their joint responsibility for game performance with their coaches. The curriculum will be predominantly technique-based enhanced by tactical understanding to develop skilled, informed players. This program prepares players to advance to the next phase – Kicksmart – of our Academy program. Training will be twice a week (Fridays from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm and Sundays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the 1000 Islands Sportsplex) beginning on Friday, October 28, 2016.

“KICKSMART”

This program is for youngsters 14-18 years old who are accomplished players and are preparing to move forward with their game to elite levels. This could range from success at L3, OPDL, Academy, Provincial, University, League 1 or National teams. Our goal is to develop and prepare these players for success in their individual endeavours. Training in a professional environment will also provide a feeder system for our own Pro teams in future. Training will be twice weekly at the 1000 Islands Sportsplex on Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Sundays from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. The program start date is Tuesday, October 25, 2016.