KAMLOOPS, BC –– The first youth soccer tournament of the year will take place this coming weekend, May 2/3, at McArthur Island.
Fifty house league boys and girls soccer teams in the U13 through U18 age groups will be competing in the Annual Mike Bartram Memorial Youth Soccer Tournament.
The event is held in honour of one of the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s most dedicated volunteers.
Mike Bartram’s commitment to soccer in Kamloops––at the youth, adult and university levels––was unparalleled. From the time he arrived in Kamloops in 1973 to the time of his death in 2000, Mike was totally dedicated to building the sport in all areas––playing, coaching and refereeing. He worked tirelessly toward ensuring there was a place for everyone to play the game in Kamloops. His role in developing girls soccer was particularly noticeable [Mike has three daughters] as he spent a great deal of time recruiting players and finding coaches when the girls program was in its infancy.
“It is a privilege for the KYSA to once again honour the legacy of one of our organization’s true pioneers,” says KYSA President, Graham Cope. “There is no question that soccer in Kamloops would not be as strong and vibrant as it is today had Mike not given so much time and energy to the growth of the sport during his lifetime. KYSA was very lucky to have his leadership, vision and knowledge during the years he lived in Kamloops.”
Members of the Bartram family, including his wife Charmaine, will be attending the tournament and assisting with award presentations on Sunday.
The Bartram Tournament falls under the sponsorship of McDonald’s Restaurants.