PCSL Update…..February

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.

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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.

Club Partnership…Kinetic Evolution

We are proud to announce another new club partnership, as we continue to grow our club and prepare for an exciting year ahead.

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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.

PCSL Tryouts

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”

Provincial Teams Success

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 !

bc soccerCongratulations 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.

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.