Thank you to everybody who came out to this week’s PCSL open tryout sessions at UBCO. Here is the list of players invited to attend tonight’s (Thusday March 14th) final session at UBCO at 8.30pm.
Angel Camejo Gonzales
PCSL tryouts are fast approaching and we have been delighted by the response so far from Kelowna’s Men’s soccer community. There are now over 60 players registered for the tryout, which begins on March 11th….we are anticipating a final tryout number of 70-75 players. This is really important for us, because we do not want to just ‘make up the numbers’ in the PCSL, we want to be a truly competitive team right from the start of the season in mid May.
It is not too late to register for tryouts. All of the information and the registration link can be found at https://okanaganfc.com/tryouts/
The league has announced the competing teams for the season ahead. They are KHALSA SPORTING CLUB, KAMLOOPS WOLFPACK, VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS, OKANAGAN FC, VANCOUVER TIGERS, MID ISLE FC, PENTICTON SC and SURREY UTD FC. The eight team division is going to be very strong and we are looking forward to some excellent soccer matches.
Our team’s pre season is set up nicely, with 12 weeks of practise scheduled complete with a strength and conditioning element. We have partnered with Kinetic Evolution, who will be providing a physio at training sessions and home matches. We have exhibition matches set up with Kamloops and Penticton mid way through the pre season program. Finally, we have a trip to the Lower Mainland arranged for the weekend of April 27/28, where we will play exhibitions with TSS Rovers (a USL 2 team) and Khalsa Sporting Club (the current PCSL champions).
We have started getting sponsors stepping up to align themselves with our PCSL team. We were very pleased to announce partnerships with Okanagan Peak Performance and Kinetic Evolution recently. Okanagan Spring have been announced as our partner brewery and several other local companies are in discussions with us on a variety of sponsorships. We have a number of sponsor opportunities still available and anybody interested should contact us.
We are proud to announce another new club partnership, as we continue to grow our club and prepare for an exciting year ahead.
Kinetic Evolution is a sports therapy clinic, located on Gordon Drive, near the highway. They provide specialist solutions for injury prevention, rehabilitation and concussion management.
They will work closely with our PCSL team this year, providing a licensed physiotherapist to work with our players on field at matches and training sessions, and to ensure that players receive first class treatment and advice to ensure maximum recovery and a safe return to play.
Welcome to the team, Kinetic Evolution.
With more than 40 players already pre registered, our PCSL tryouts are going to give us an opportunity to select an excellent team. There is no age limit being applied, we are simply looking to build the best senior team that we can to compete in the league.
Full details for the tryout week are now available…please visit our TRYOUT page to check out the schedule and to register. If you think you are a good enough player, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to play in The Pacific Coast Soccer League this year !
Picture courtesy of Lorne White and “KelownaNow”
BC Soccer has just announced its Provincial Teams rosters for the next phase of High Performance Programming in 2019 and we were delighted to hear that no fewer than SIX Okanagan FC graduates were included !
Congratulations to Braden Malcolm, the only 2005 born male player from The Interior to be included.
Also to Sophia Branby, who was one of our original class of 19 when Soccaskool Junior Academy was first formed back in 2012. Sophia is one of four Interior Girls born in 2006 to be named on the roster.
As for the 2006 born boys, five Interior players were named and, incredibly, four of them graduated from Okanagan FC. Congratulations to Charlie Prefontaine, Sam Cote, Will Hoffman and Rickus de Villiers.
The list of ex OFC players playing at the high performance level keeps getting bigger each year as we continue to develop players of the highest calibre.