PCSL Update….January

The New Year has arrived and we are getting busy with our preparations for life in The Pacific Coast Soccer League. The PCSL has a rich history and is one of the oldest soccer leagues in Canada. Most people in Kelowna’s soccer community have fond memories of The Okanagan Challenge, who competed in the PCSL for 26 years and were very much part of the fabric of the league back in those days. In its heyday, The Challenge would attract large crowds out to The Apple Bowl to watch exciting, high level, local soccer at its best ! Our vision, and what we have already begun working towards, is to re create those days, and to provide the city of Kelowna, once again, some excellent soccer to watch and an excellent team to follow, support and enjoy !

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We will be posting monthly updates in our Latest News on our preparations as we progress and we will be trying hard to reach Kelowna’s entire soccer community with these updates. We want to engage people with our team and encourage everybody to keep tabs on our progress and come along for a genuine local soccer matchday experience once the season begins in May.

Here is where we are at so far…

The Apple Bowl….Kelowna’s iconic stadium is quite famous across the entire Province and we are delighted that The City of Kelowna have agreed for us to play our home matches there. There will be seven home games through the season, which runs from mid May until the end of July. Most of the games will be around 5pm kick off on Saturday afternoons. The playing surface at The Apple Bowl is absolutely immaculate and we will be very proud to welcome our opponents there, and look forward to watching some top quality soccer. We want to attract a large audience and create a good atmosphere at the games….there will be a concession, a beer tent, some pre game entertainment, some good music, a club mascot….we want to create a truly enjoyable matchday experience for soccer fans of all ages to enjoy.

The Players….Tryouts are set to begin week commencing March 11th and are open to players of all ages. Players can register for the tryout HERE . We have already received a good number of registrations from a wide variety of players and we are excited to start building the team. Our coaching staff for the team is in place and will be headed by our club’s Head Coach, Andrew Stevenson Jnr. The team will train twice a week, starting straight after tryouts, and our training and playing schedule will not conflict with that of The Kelowna Men’s League. We anticipate that many of the players will also play KMSL on a variety of teams. There are no age restrictions on our players, we are simply looking to build the best senior team that we possibly can from Kelowna’s adult playing pool.

Sponsors….We have a full sponsorship package available for any local business that wishes to partner with us on our PCSL venture. We are in contact with several firmsĀ  who have expressed an interest. If you are a local business or organization, and you think you may be interested in finding out more about this, please contact us HERE

Thank you for taking the time to read our January update. Keep your eye on our website for next month’s update, and also on our PCSL Team page, which will be building up over the coming months.

 

Okanagan FC in The PCSL

In 2019 Okanagan FC is very excited to announce that PCSL soccer will be returning to Kelowna, played at The Apple Bowl, for the first time since the days of the old Okanagan Challenge.

Players who are interested in trying out for the team (tryouts will be in March 2019) can register themselves HERE.

If you would like to find out more, please visit our PCSL Team page.

Charter Club Application

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Okanagan FC is very pleased to announce that our application to BC Soccer for Charter Club Standard One status has now been completed. The application is awaiting review by BC Soccer and once approved, Okanagan FC is hoping to be one of the first Associate Member clubs in The Province to achieve Charter Club status.

You can read all about BC Soccer and the Club Charter Program HERE.

Okanagan FC, Associate Members of BC Soccer

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Okanagan FC are very proud to be named as Associate Members of BC Soccer. We are now recognized by our Provincial governing body as a privately owned, for profit, soccer club. Furthermore, in September 2018 BC Soccer announced the inclusion of Associate Members to the BC Soccer Club Charter Program.

BC Soccer Charter Clubs are able to demonstrate to players, parents, coaches and referees that they meet set standards in all areas of their operation, both on and off the field. The decision to allow Associate Members, like ourselves, to apply for Charter Club status is part of BC Soccer’s efforts to increase inclusion in the soccer landscape here in BC. Okanagan FC will be applying for Charter Club status at the earliest opportunity, and we are already working towards making sure that our club meets the standards required.

The full announcement from BC Soccer, along with more information on The Charter Club Program can be found HERE.

OFC U10 Boys and U11 Girls collect silverware at City Park !

Okanagan FC’s Development Teams were all in action in the sunshine at City Park this weekend, competing in a variety of tournament matches, exhibition matches, and BCASL league matches.

Our U10 Boys played for the ‘Soccaskool Cup’ against academies from Kamloops and Vernon, as well as our friends from FCB Escola who travelled from the Lower Mainland for the event. Our boys picked up the trophy by winning all three of their matches in the competition. Well done boys !

Our U11 Girls also got their hands on The Soccaskool Cup after defeating our own U12 Girls and also Kamloops U12 Girls in tournament format….a great achievement, well done girls !

Our U12 Girls had a great game against Kamloops U12 Girls, who had beaten us 4-0 in Victoria last weekend. This time around the game was a very entertaining 1-1 draw…big improvement girls, well done !

Our U9 Boys had mixed fortunes in their games, as did our U12 Boys….both teams winning one and losing one over the weekend.

Our U11 Boys came from behind twice to beat Kamloops 4-3 in BCASL league play in what may have been the match of the weekend. Great effort boys, well done !