Soccer academy a superb resource

Re: Academy offers kids alternative, Sept. 17.

To the Editor,

Re: Academy offers kids alternative, Sept. 17.

I was so glad to see this story in the paper. My wife and I have volunteered for the Central Island Youth Soccer Acaedmy since it began and it truly is a great program.

As wonderful as this article is, it doesn’t even begin to give the academy as much praise as it deserves.

Andy Pomeroy (head coach) will be the first to point out that he is only one of an awesome team of coaches, it’s something they are proud of.

There is an impressive coach to player ratio. CIYSA has more to offer than many know and I feel it’s important it be pointed out as it’s what makes them stand out.

They have a keeper coach who comes from a national level who brings to the academy incredible experience, knowledge and one-on-one goalie training; this particular coach will be running a keeper program coming soon to the academy that welcomes all keen keepers in the community.

The academy has a high-level training program that consists of conditioning weekly and core training with a professional fitness trainer once a week as well.

They’ve created a positive atmosphere, they have a great sense of community in which they make everyone feel welcome and teach the players that giving back to the community is very important in sport and life.

We are proud to be a part of this organization. Thank you for this article.

Richard Chappell

Nanaimo