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October 7, 2015
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 2003, 2004 & 2005). 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.
For Program Registration Information: Contact Mike Akai KBFC Pro Soccer Academy at email@example.com
For Academy Information: Contact Lorne Abugov KBFC Pro Soccer Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 22, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
As the only OSA ORNCA-accredited pro soccer academy east of the Greater Toronto Area, KBFC has moved quickly to launch an array of new recreational and elite, pro-style soccer training programs for young soccer players aged 5 and up across the Kingston-Belleville-Quinte region. The KBFC Fall/Winter programs, which kick off in Kingston and Belleville the week of October 19th, are now accepting online registrations at www.kingstonfc.ca.
With reference to the new Academy logo, KBFC Director, Mike Akai, proudly observed that “the design is bold and professional, and incorporates a skyward pyramid that points to the top, which captures our vision of an Academy’s role in helping to direct the progression of our players ever onwards and upwards.”
The new KBFC Pro Soccer Academy logo, which draws elements from the much-praised Kingston FC Pro Soccer team logo, was once again the work of Toronto graphic designer, Jennifer Coghill, who was asked to embody the dynamism and distinctiveness that characterized her earlier Kingston FC logo.
“We knew that Jennifer would deliver a look that both gave us the continuity we wanted from the Kingston FC logo as well as the sense of vibrancy and energy that is characterizing all of our efforts and those of our Academy coaches and participants as we strive to break new ground once again in this region,” said Lorne Abugov, General Manager of the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy. “We are very proud of this new logo and we know everyone associated with our Academy will be equally proud of it as we roll out our new programs.”
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
BACKGROUND & QUOTES
In early August 2015, the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy received its OSA Ontario Registered Non-Club Academy (ORNCA) accreditation, a standards-based designation awarded to elite soccer development academies, becoming the only ORNCA-accredited pro soccer academy east of the Greater Toronto Area.
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 OSA’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 (KBFC) 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. “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,” said Mr. Abugov.
In addition to star pro striker and two time CSL Golden Boot Winner and 2014 MVP, Mademba Ba, the KBFC Pro Soccer Academy y also recently added to its staff, Chad Beaulieu, a Canadian Soccer Association National “B ” Licence coach and the holder of a National Coaching Institute High Performance Coaching Diploma.
As a result of the OSA ORNCA 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 will 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.
Written by Admin on April 16, 2015.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
“Today marks the end of Kingston FC’s “beginning phase”, and the beginning of our “intermediate phase” in terms of our commitment to pro soccer and player development in the Kingston, Belleville and Quinte Region,” said Club Chairman Lorne Abugov. “We pioneered pro soccer in this region three years ago, and we are pleased to have been a catalyst to the growth of the sport and the rise in the level of talent in and around Kingston. And we’re not done yet!”
“Since winning the CSL 2nd division playoff crown back in October 2014, we have faced some hard choices and made some really tough decisions about the best path forward for our club, for our pro teams and for our soccer academy, and none of them has been more difficult than our decision to leave the CSL after three terrific seasons,” Abugov said.
He noted that Kingston FC, which won two CSL season championships and one CSL playoff championship in its three-year tenure as an expansion team, enjoyed the experience and the high level of competition it faced in the private Tier 3 league. “We have absolutely no regrets about our time spent in the CSL, and we wish all of the CSL owners well,” he said. “But for a variety of reasons having to do with Canadian soccer talent development, a well-established pro player progression path and good governance, we are moving full speed ahead on a new path designed to bring our club back into the FIFA/CSA and OSA soccer mainstream for the 2016 season.”
Abugov hopes to receive the key OSA decisions in the very near future, beginning with the pending Academy application: “We understand that an OSA determination on accreditation for our Kingston-Belleville FC Pro Soccer Academy may be forthcoming within the next week or two. Our application is now complete and has been thoroughly reviewed by the OSA Technical and Standards teams. We are very hopeful and confident that we will become the first Academy in the region to meet the rigorous standards for OSA ORNCA Academy accreditation.”
He expressed the hope that, following accreditation, the OSA would move immediately to approve the application that the Club has filed for a new League1 Ontario franchise to bring men’s pro soccer to Belleville and the Quinte region for the 2016 season. If granted that new franchise, the Club would also hope to add a woman’s professional League1 Ontario team for Quinte-Belleville beginning in 2017. Abugov revealed that a new name has already been selected for the Club – the Quinte-Belleville Royals (Q.B.R.) Soccer Club, although each of the men’s and women’s teams will have a separate and unique name to be announced in the near future.
“For several years now, our Kingston FC teams have recognized the potential of the Quinte-Belleville region to support Tier 3 professional soccer,” said Club President Joseph Scanlon. “We have spent a lot of time in Belleville, and we ran a very successful Soccer Day in Belleville event, our Red and White intrasquad game and a CSL division 2 playoff game at Sills Turf Field in Belleville last season. The area has great soccer facilities, terrific local soccer talent, knowledgable fans, businesses and youth soccer clubs – and a big hole where a pro sports team can thrive.”
Scanlon and Abugov both recognize how jarring the loss of Belleville’s junior hockey team – the Bulls – has been to the city and the region, and they both stress that a pro soccer team in the region will only succeed if it boasts local ownership and a large cadre of dedicated business sponsors from across the region. “We have told the OSA and League1 Ontario that a new franchise in Quinte-Belleville should be conditional on our group securing local and regional ownership from the very start. If Belleville and the region want a pro soccer franchise, it will be up to local investors and business sponsors to come forward and work with us,” said Abugov.
Abugov and Scanlon, both of whom reside in Ottawa, own just over 80% of the Prospect Football Club Inc., which owns both Kingston FC Pro Soccer and the Kingston-Belleville FC Pro Soccer Academy. The pair controls the operations of both divisions of the Club, and they are willing to sell majority ownership and control to new investors in the region, even as they are prepared to stay involved with the Club’s operations to transition to full local ownership.
“Joe and I live in Ottawa, and realistically and practically, it will be difficult for us to be as extensively involved in a new Quinte-Belleville franchise as we have been in the operations of Kingston FC,” said Abugov. “We have both invested considerable finances in the Kingston FC operations, even though we are not from Kingston and the region, and we feel that we have done a great deal to boost soccer in this area. But we both feel that if local businessmen and sports enthusiasts in this region are willing to step up to the bar and take ownership and control of this new franchise, then that is by far the best way to go, and we will work with them to make this a success story.”
“We really don’t think that we have to explain to residents of this city and this region how important local and regional ownership is to the ongoing viability of pro sports in and around Belleville. Joe and I want to be involved in building this franchise and becoming the best Club in League1 Ontario, just as we felt that Kingston FC quickly became the best Club in the CSL. We know how to do it, and we want to be involved to help make it happen, but it will only happen with local and regional investors stepping up to the bar,” Abugov said.
The Club is ready to move quickly forward in Quinte and Belleville if League1 Ontario and the OSA grant the group a conditional franchise for 2016. “We hope to get the green light for the new Quinte-Belleville franchise in early May, and we will immediately reach out to the Quinte-Belleville business and youth soccer communities to explain how we will hope to work in cooperation and collaboration with all those who would welcome Pro Soccer coming to Belleville and the region next April,” Scanlon said. “We feel we have credibility in provincial soccer circles and a proven track record. We also feel that a League1 Ontario franchise in Belleville and the region would fill a big gap in the league’s coverage and bolster its Eastern Ontario representation.”
In the meantime, both Scanlon and Abugov offered a big vote of thanks to the Club’s existing sponsors and supporters in Kingston. “We thank the business community in Kingston, and in particular WTC Communications, McCoy Bus Service & Tours and PhysiotherapyKingston for the huge commitment of support they have given to Kingston FC during our first three seasons in the CSL,” they said. “There would be no Kingston FC Pro Soccer had WTC Communications not stepped forward in Kingston and helped us with their platinum sponsorship commitment. We also owe a great deal to McCoy and to Physiotherapy Kingston for investing in our Club and providing very valued transportation and physiotherapy services for our team and our players.”
Kingston FC has amassed a glittering record of success within the CSL, and will look to follow suit in League1 Ontario beginning in 2016. Between 2012 and 2014, Kingston FC achieved the following successes:
•CSL 2014 Playoff Champions (2nd Division)
•CSL 2014 League Champions (2nd Division)
•CSL 2013 League Champions (1st Division)
•Leading Goal Scorer 2013 & 2014 CSL 2nd Division (Mademba Ba)
•Leading Goal Scorer 2013 CSL 1st Division (Guillaume Surot)
•CSL 2014 Coach of the Year 2nd Division (Tom Moran)
•CSL 2013 Coach of the Year 1st Division (Colm Muldoon)
•CSL 2014 Fair Play and Respect Award (Kingston FC)