Dodson-Willis Returned As President Of KYSA!

The KYSA held a regularly scheduled board of directors meeting at the KYSA office on McArthur Island on Monday night (December 18).

The meeting is the first to take place following the organization’s Annual General Meeting which was held November 23rd. It is at this meeting that the board selects its President and Vice-President for the coming year and assigns various responsibilities to its directors.

Chosen to preside over the association (by the seven-person board of directors) is Candace Dodson-Willis. She will be entering her fifth year on the board and her second year as President. Re-elected as Vice-President was Rod Gurnsey. 

Newly elected director Dennis Piva was chosen to act as Treasurer. Piva is a chartered accountant. Chris Balison, a lawyer, was assigned the role of updating the organization’s Constitution. Both Piva and Balison were elected to the board––both for two-year terms––at the association’s recent AGM.

Board members Tony Cuzzetto, Brock Freathy and Colin Guise were also assigned various operational responsibilities. 

The KYSA has a paid staff consisting of full-time employees Keith Liddiard (Executive Director), Ciaran McMahon (Technical Director) and Mark Bell (Senior Staff Coach) and part-time employees Clive Lovett (Program Coordinator), Carolyn Birch (Office Administrator) and Donna Marshall (Office Assistant). Justine Rinaldi is the organization’s contracted Bookkeeper.

The KYSA also bids adieu to former President Graham Cope, who’s two-year term was up at the AGM. Cope served on the youth organization’s board for six consecutive two-year terms, and as the President for ten consecutive years. The membership presented Cope with a framed montage of photographs taken over the course of his time with the association. An avid skier and director with the Sun Peaks Alpine Ski Club, the Financial Planner with the Royal Bank plans on hitting the slopes a bit more often now that he’s going to have a little more free time.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017 • 7:00PM
Meeting Room (above KYSA office), McArthur Island

Anyone interested in serving on the association’s volunteer board of directors is invited to contact Executive Director Keith Liddiard for more information.

The association will be seeking to fill three director’s positions for
two-year terms at the 2017 AGM.
(Incumbent directors may seek re-election!)

Stoke City FC Coaches Returning to Kamloops!

LtoR: Wayne Allerton, Mick Murphy & Callum Feeney.

The KYSA is once again offering keen soccer players an opportunity to take part in its annual High Performance Soccer Schools featuring coaches from Stoke City FC of the English Premier Soccer League.

Stoke City FC coaches Mick Murphy and Wayne Allerton will be returning to Kamloops for the 5th straight year to instruct at the Schools while Callum Feeney will be appearing for the second successive year.

The KYSA’s High Performance Soccer Schools––for players aged 10-17––is set to run from Tuesday, August 8 to Friday, August 11. The boy’s camp will run from 9:00am to 11:30am daily and the camp for girls will run from 1:00pm to 3:30pm daily. The association is offering a special goalkeeper’s component during each school.

The per-player registration fee for the KYSA HP Soccer Schools is $170,00. Family discounts and team packages are also available.

“I encourage any player who is serious about the game to sign-up,” says KYSA Executive Director, Keith Liddiard. “Anyone who takes part will learn a lot from these experienced individuals, who have a combined 50 years of coaching experience!

“Participants will also have a lot of fun in the sessions,” Liddiard adds. “Mick, Wayne and Callum are great guys. They know how to make learning and training a truly enjoyable experience. In addition to their roles with Stoke City, they teach all over the world working for the English Premier League’s outreach program.

In addition to the Stoke City FC HP camps, the KYSA is offering a variety of week-long soccer schools for players age 5 up to 14 during the month of August.

For more information, visit the KYSA web site at or call their office at 250-376-3750.

Scholarship Awards – 2017

Kaitlyn Guise was the recipient of the 2016 McDonald's Scholarship Award, seen here with Angela Seymour, McDonald's Community Relations Representative.

Graduating high school soccer players who are, or have been, registered with the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) are eligible to apply for one of nine scholarships the association will be awarding in 2017.

KYSA Scholarships are awarded to students proceeding from Grade 12 to a university or post-secondary institution approved by the KYSA Scholarship Awards Selection Committee and/or students already attending a post-secondary institute, but are registered with the KYSA for the 2017 season.

All KYSA Scholarship Awards are valued at $500 each.

To qualify, an applicant for a KYSA Scholarship Award must have been registered in the association for three or more seasons, not necessarily consecutive.

The nine awards and the donors are:

1.    McDonald’s Restaurants of Kamloops
2.    Bank of Montreal
3.    Chopped Leaf
4.    Hansport (Male)
5.    Hansport (Female)
6.    Errol Wild Family Memorial Scholarship
7.    Forward Law LLP
8.    Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (Male)
9.    Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (Female)

Additional information on the KYSA’s scholarship program and application forms are available on the association’s web site at Hard copies of the application form can also be obtained from the KYSA office on McArthur Island.

KYSA Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on a variety of criteria, such as the applicant’s participation in school activities, their leadership qualities, sportsmanship and time spent volunteering with church or community organizations. Soccer talent is just one of the yardsticks the selectors use to determine the award recipients. A candidate’s contributions as a referee, coach or manager in the KYSA is also taken into consideration.

Applications for this year’s KYSA Scholarship Awards must be received in the KYSA office by 4:00pm, Wednesday, May 31st.