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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!

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.

Spirit of Cooperation Wins the Day as Eastern Ontario’s Newest ORNCA Academies Take to the Pitch

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News Release

April 17, 2016

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Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy and the Kevin Nelson Soccer Academy (KNSA) will compete on the field and collaborate off in order to develop youth soccer in Eastern Ontario

Ottawa, ON – It was a small step for two of Ontario’s newest OSA/ORNCA-accredited soccer academies on Saturday afternoon, but a giant leap for the evolution and growth of elite youth soccer in Eastern Ontario when the U-12 boys teams of the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy and the Kevin Nelson Soccer Academy (KNSA) squared off in the first youth soccer academy game ever played in the Region.

Both the KBFC Academy and the KNSA Academy U-12 boys teams will be competing this season in the Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada (SAAC) development league. SAAC is Canada’s first Standards-Based High Performance youth soccer league, entering its 11th year of operation, and boasts graduates who have gone on to National Team pools, MLS and dozens of CIS and NCAA Division I schools.

Saturday’s ground-breaking exhibition “friendly” at the RA Centre Dome in Ottawa was a chance for both of Eastern Ontario’s only two OSA/ORNCA-accredited soccer academies to demonstrate the unity and the collaboration that they intend to exhibit towards one another both today and into the future.

Kingston-Belleville FC Pro Soccer Academy To Hold Open League1 Ontario Tryouts in Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa/Gatineau

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News Release

October 7, 2015

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Eastern Ontario’s new OSA ORNCA Academy also welcomes Gittens and McCurdy to growing staff ranks, and adds League 1 training to the Academy’s Kingston program lineup 

 Belleville,  Ontario:  The Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy – the only Ontario Soccer Association-accredited ORNCA Academy east of greater Toronto – announced today that it will be conducting League 1 Ontario open tryouts in October and November in three Eastern Ontario cities for boys aged 17 years and older and girls aged 16 years and older who aspire to play semi-professional League 1 or Canadian or U.S. university or college soccer.

In addition to the open League 1 Ontario tryouts slated for Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa/Gatineau, the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy also welcomed two more experienced coaches and professional soccer players to its growing Academy staff – Garth Gittens, former Algonquin College Women’s Head Coach and OCAA 2010 Coach of the Year, and Ryan McCurdy,  former Kingston FC pro soccer defender (2012 to 2014)

Details of the Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa/Gatineau League 1 Ontario tryouts later this month and in early November were announced as follows:
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Kingston-Belleville FC Pro Soccer Academy Unveils Bold New Logo, Adds Pro Star Mademba Ba to Mark Launch of Elite Soccer Training Programs

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September 22, 2015

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Online registration for the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy’s new KickStart, KickSpark and KickSmart Fall/Winter soccer programs is now underway at www.kingstonfc.ca

  Kingston, ON – The Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy today proudly unveiled its bold new Academy logo that it hopes will quickly come to represent the finest pro-style soccer training and development available to young soccer players in Eastern Ontario.

In addition, KBFC also announced today that talented pro soccer player and Kingston FC standout striker, Mademba Ba, will join the staff of the Academy and bring his skills as the two-time Canadian Soccer League leading goal scorer (2013 & 2014) and Player of the Year in 2014 to assist in pro soccer training and development for youth Academy registrants.

The KBFC Pro Soccer Academy was designated last month by the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) as the province’s 22nd Ontario Registered Non-Club Academy (ORNCA), a prized, standards-based designation reserved for elite soccer development academies.

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

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News Release

September 4, 2015

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Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy also unveils new nationally-certified Training Staff and a blue-chip Academy Advisory Board to help guide its “youth-centred” operations

Kingston, ON – Following on the heels of its recent successful Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) accreditation bid, the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy today announced its inaugural slate of Fall/Winter elite soccer development training programs which will take place between October and March in both Kingston and Belleville.

Lorne Abugov, General Manager of the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy and Mike Akai, Technical Director of the Academy today unveiled a three-pronged indoor pro soccer development program line-up geared towards both elite players in the region aged 11 and older and recreational soccer players aged 5 to 10 years of age.

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

Kingston-Belleville FC Pro Soccer Academy: Medical Information Form

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All registrants of the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy must complete the attached medical form as a prerequisite to registering and participating in our Ontario Soccer Association ORNCA-approved Academy Programs. Kindly bring the completed medical information form to the initial training session of your KBFC Soccer Program. KBFC ACADEMY MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM

End of an Era for Kingston FC as Pro Club Departs the Canadian Soccer League

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Club announces transition to CSA/OSA governance, expansion of its Pro Soccer Academy and Pending League1 Ontario Bid for Quinte-Belleville

Belleville, Ont. Thursday, April 16th, 2015 – In a series of major announcements, Kingston FC – the region’s only professional soccer club – confirmed that it has officially withdrawn from the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) and will suspend its league play for the 2015 season as it transitions its operations to governance under the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA).

The Club also revealed that it has two pending applications before the OSA, including an application for a new League1 Ontario franchise that, if approved, would bring men’s professional soccer to the Quinte-Belleville region beginning in April 2016.

A second application currently pending before the OSA seeks to secure OSA Recognized Non-Club Academy (ORNCA) status for the Club’s successful Kingston-Belleville FC Pro Soccer Academy, which was launched in September 2014 and which will operate an expanded roster of youth development and training programs throughout the region in 2015.

Kingston FC Reserves are Champs

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News Release from Kingston FC – October 26th, 2014

Kingston has a championship pro soccer team.

Kingston’s reserves – who lost just one game all season – defeated Waterloo 2-0 Sunday in Toronto to take the Canadian Soccer League’s second division championship.

The game winner was scored at the 19 minute mark by Kingston’s own Simon Schmitke who joined the team right out of Regiopolis and is now in first year at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Schmitke scored on a pass from Jinmi Ismail who was nominated for rookie of the year.

Kingston FC Fan Bus For 2nd Division Finals

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News Release from Kingston FC – October 21st, 2014

Through our sponsors, McCoy Bus Lines and Tours, Kingston FC is arranging a fan bus to take supporters to the Canadian Soccer League’s championships this Sunday in Toronto when Kingston reserves play Waterloo for the second division playoff championship.

The cost of the fan bus return trip to North York from Kingston or Belleville, as well as a ticket to watch both our CSL 2nd Division championship game against SC Waterloo at 1:00 PM and the 1st Division game between York Region and Toronto Croatia at 4:15 PM, is $45 for adults and $35 for youth of 13 and under. You can get your tickets online here.

The fan bus will leave the ARC in Kingston at 9:00 am, and stop at the Quinte Mall in Belleville at 10:00 am, and then roll onto North York in time for our 1 pm kick-off. The bus will depart North York immediately after the 1st Division game, and return to Belleville by 8 pm, and to the ARC in Kingston by 9 pm.

Kingston FC Reserves in Championship Final

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News Release from Kingston FC – October 19th, 2014

For the second year in a row, there will be a Kingston FC team in the Canadian Soccer League championship finals.

Last season Kingston FC’s first division team made it to the championship game, dropping a 3-1 verdict to SC Waterloo’s first division team. This season, Kingston FC’s second division team will be there – after defeating the Niagara United Reserves 5-1 at Queen’s West Campus on Saturday night – and their opponent once again will be SC Waterloo.

The Kingston FC Reserves – who have lost just one game all season – led 1-0 at half time on a goal by Stephane Assengue and were up 3-0 before the Niagara Reserves scored on a penalty kick. Kingston FC then added two more goals – the fifth by the league’s top scorer Mademba Ba.

The other Kingston FC goals were registered by Corey Faughnan – who scored twice – and by Simon Schmitke.