October 7, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 lineupBelleville, 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:
Belleville: Friday, October 30th from 6pm to 8pm at the Loyalist Dome, 4200 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Belleville (boys 17 and up & girls 16 and up);
Kingston: Saturday, November 7th from 5pm to 7pm at the Westbrook Dome, 1485 Westbrook Road, Westbrook (boys 17 and up & girls 16 and up); and
Ottawa/Gatineau: Saturday, November 14th from 7pm to 10pm at the Dôme @ Louis-Riel, 1659 Bearbrook Road, Gloucester, ON (boys 17 and up & girls 16 and up).
Who can attend: Any boy 17 years of age and up & any girl 16 years of age and up (i) who aspires to play semi-professional soccer at the League 1 Ontario level or who is considering playing Canadian or U.S. university or college soccer and (ii) who confirms his or her intention to attend at one or more of the tryouts by registering in advance at http://kingstonfc.ca/soccer-academy-registration/.
Participants at each of the open tryouts in Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa will pay $45 at the time of registration to cover costs; and each registrant will receive a KBFC Pro Soccer Academy t-shirt at the tryouts and benefit from group evaluations and advice from the Academy’s coaching staff. Registered players will be run through drills and evaluation, and various scrimmages.
“These open tryouts give our new Academy the chance to get a first-hand overview of all of the elite-level young soccer players throughout our region who believe they have the talent and the dedication to pursue professional, semi-professional and top-flight Canadian and U.S. university soccer programs,” says KBFC Pro Soccer Academy General Manager Lorne Abugov. “Whether it is to fulfill our Academy’s own League 1 aspirations or simply to help these young athletes reach their fullest potential by training under professional and university coaches at the Academy, we place a high priority on scouting top local talent and working with these elite level players.”
KBFC Pro Soccer Academy coach Chad Beaulieu, who will head up the Academy’s girls’ programs and scouting said that the staff is committed to finding the top young players from the Quinte, Belleville and Kingston areas and offering them a chance to work with himself and his colleagues at the Academy. “We want to make sure we haven’t overlooked any talented young players from communities like Brockville, Gananoque, Picton, Trenton, and Napanee, players who live close enough to Kingston and Belleville to attend these tryouts without having to travel to Ottawa or Toronto.”
Tom Moran, a director and staff coach with the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy and Canadian Soccer League 2014 2nd Division Coach of the Year with the Kingston FC Reserves, looks forward to working with local talent who strive for success in high-level soccer in the region. “If local youth dream about becoming pro soccer players, and they have the passion, motivation and work ethic, then we can certainly work with them to achieve that goal, and make them better. Now that we have a Pro Soccer Academy behind us, we can spend the time and energy to bring them along and start them off on the right foot for a pro career or a ride at the better university and college programs in Canada and the U.S.,” Moran said.
The two new additions to the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy staff bring the ranks up to seven and both are expected to be prominent in the upcoming League 1 tryouts and indoor training programs.
Garth Gittens was at the helm of the Algonquin College (Ottawa) Women’s Soccer team from 1995 to 2013, winning several OCAA Coach of the Year honours and a national Coach of the Year nomination for his work during the 2010 season. Under his leadership, the Algonquin women’s team amassed a formidable record of 66 wins, 6 losses and 5 ties between 2004 and 2013. Garth will head up scouting and special training assignments for the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy, including the upcoming Ottawa/Gatineau tryouts.
Ryan McCurdy enjoyed three strong seasons manning the backline for Kingston FC’s 1st Division squad in the Canadian Soccer League between 2012 and 2014, including the team’s CSL championship season in 2013. Prior to that, McCurdy played amateur soccer in Ottawa and pro soccer in Northern Ireland. In 2015, McCurdy played League 1 Ontario soccer in Kingston, and is very pleased to be re-joining his former coaches and teammates at Kingston FC on the staff at the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy.
Players wishing to train with the Academy during the Winter/Spring indoor season can also register for the League 1 training and development program at the tryouts or online now, also at http://kingstonfc.ca/soccer-academy-registration/. The Academy reserves the right to cancel any tryout or program in advance and to refund all deposits.
About the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy: Our Academy is Eastern Ontario’s only Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) ORNCA-accredited youth soccer training and development Academy. The KBFC Pro Soccer Academy is a pro-style, standards-based soccer training and development academy that offers high-level soccer training and development programs for recreational-level youth players 5 to 12 years of age, and elite-level youth players 9 years of age and up. KBFC Academy programs are led by international, national and provincially-certified trainers with professional and collegiate experience, and are open to any youth soccer player in the Kingston-Belleville-Quinte areas. Players registered with OSA local youth clubs can train with the KBFC Academy and continue to play with their local youth clubs. For more information about the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy, visit the Academy section of our website at http://kingstonfc.ca/academy/.
For Program Registration: Mike Akai KBFC Pro Soccer Academy 613-540-3584
For Academy Information: Lorne Abugov KBFC Pro Soccer Academy 1-613-878-1532