The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and Kamloops Youth Soccer Association have reached an agreement to give young players more coaching and expand the WolfPack’s audience and future talent pool, according to a TRU press release.
The agreement calls for coaches from the WolfPack men’s and women’s soccer teams to work with the association as mentors, and for coaches and players to take on guest coaching roles.
KYSA members will be given opportunity to attend WolfPack games and host a KYSA Club Night. In turn, the WolfPack will promote its program and games.
“It is more important than ever to support each other and we are excited to formalize our partnership with the TRU WolfPack soccer team,” said Missy Cederholm, executive director of the KYSA.
“Many of our young players look up to these athletes and some of them go on to become these athletes. We look forward to our growing partnership, which will help to further engage our members and provide more opportunities to build connections within our soccer community.”
TRU men’s soccer head coach John Antulov said this partnership will enhance the two organizations’ close ties and ensure the long-term growth of both programs.
“We feel it is imperative to have a close relationship with the local soccer association and the grassroots level of soccer in Kamloops,” he said. “Both teams currently have a strong representation of Kamloops-based players in our program who have come through KYSA and we hope to continue that trend for the future.”
TRU women’s soccer head coach Mark Pennington is excited about the agreement.
“We really value their support and the great work they do at the grassroots level of soccer development in our community,” Pennington said.