KAMLOOPS, BC –– This coming weekend (June 6/7) the KYSA will once again honour the memory of Errol Wild by staging its annual Active Start Mini-Soccer Festival on parks throughout the Tournament Capital.
One-hundred-seventy-four teams ranging from U5 to U12 will take part in this annual tradition.
The Errol Wild Memorial Active Start Mini-Soccer Festival is a non-competitive event. No scores are recorded; no trophies are presented––other than participation medals that every player receives.
“The emphasis is on fun and participation,” says KYSA Executive Director Keith Liddiard. “Who wins or loses is irrelevant in this event. It’ll give the players, coaches and parents a taste of what tournament play is all about, but ultimately, all we want to see is a lot of smiling faces on the 2200 children who will be taking part.
The Festival is named after one of Kamloops’ soccer legends––a man who gave countless hours to the development of the sport in the River City. Errol Wild had a hand in every facet of the game during his lifetime. Whether it was youth soccer, men’s and women’s soccer or university soccer, Errol gave of his time wherever he was needed. A mentor to many an aspiring player, a renowned administrator and team manager/coach, Wild took several Kamloops teams to Provincial and National championships. In addition to the roles he played at the youth level––and there were many––he also worked tirelessly with the TRU men’s team, particularly in the last few years of his life.
He was also known as a strong advocate for Kamloops at the provincial level.
“Errol is greatly missed,” adds KYSA President Graham Cope. “His leadership and dedication to our sport were hallmarks of his character. His devotion to the KYSA and other soccer programs in the city and what he accomplished must never be forgotten, which is why naming our annual Mini-Soccer Festival in his honour was an easy decision for the KYSA board to make when he passed away.”
Errol Wild died in August of 2009 at 49 years of age.
In addition to having the KYSA’s Mini-Soccer Festival named after him, the KYSA awards an Errol Wild Memorial Scholarship to one of the KYSA’s graduating players each year. A park bench––situated in the south east corner of McArthur Island bearing his name––is another reminder of his devotion to the sport in Kamloops.
Each team in the Festival will play three or four games during the weekend.