KAMLOOPS, BC –– The British are coming! The British are coming!
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has announced they will be hosting the Moreton School Football Academy U18 Boys team from Wolverhampton, England, in an exhibition game on Friday, June 26th.
Moreton will be playing one of the Kamloops Blaze U18 boys teams at 6:00pm on McArthur Island Field #2.
The Moreton School Football Academy team will be spending 21 days in British Columbia on tour and have scheduled a number of matches during their stay in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. The squad will also be taking part in the Kelowna Canada-Day Soccer Tournament in Rutland, June 27th and 28th.
One of the coaches of the Moreton Academy is Mick Murphy, the KYSA’s liaison with Stoke City FC of the English Premier League. Mick and two of his colleagues––Warren Leat and Wayne Allerton––have been guest coaches of the KYSA the past two years. They are the coaches who instruct in the KYSA’s annual high performance soccer schools. The three coaches will be returning to coach in the KYSA’s soccer schools for a third year from August 3-7.
There will be no admission charge to watch the June 26 exhibition match.
“We are thrilled to have the Moreton Academy team come to Kamloops to play our boys,” says KYSA Executive Director, Keith Liddiard. “It has been a long time since we had an overseas team play in the Tournament Capital. It promises to be a great test and a terrific experience for our players.
“It’s also another opportunity for our local coaches and players to come out and watch what we anticipate will be a well-drilled team.”
The Kamloops Blaze team will be enhanced by the addition of a few first-year players from the Thompson-Rivers University Men’s Team.