RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, December 2, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce their new corporate partnership with Proseal America, Inc., the Title Sponsor of the Richmond Kickers Academy Scholarship Fund for the 2011-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season.
“I have to say that I am delighted that Proseal America is able to help support the Richmond Kickers Academy Program,” commented Gari Wyatt, Proseal America Inc. CEO. “When Leigh Cowlishaw first introduced me to the possibility of Proseal America being able to assist the Richmond Kickers, I thought that it would represent an excellent opportunity for Proseal America to become involved not only with the local community, but also with one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.”
“Through my own son’s involvement with the Kickers Academy, I have witnessed firsthand the tireless efforts that all of the Kickers Academy staff puts into working with our kids,” added Wyatt. “In addition to the quality coaching programs, the Kickers also provide magnificent facilities at Ukrop Park, which when combined represents the perfect environment for them to blossom. Being an avid sports enthusiast myself I understand perfectly just how essential these two components are for helping our young athletes along the way, therefore if our contribution helps just a little it would be deemed a success.”
Fundraising is one of the key areas that U.S. Soccer Federation evaluates Development Academy Clubs and their plans to significantly reduce costs for their top players to compete. With the exception of many fully funded Major League Soccer clubs, the Kickers player fees are below the vast majority of clubs in the league. The Proseal America, Inc. title sponsorship will help offset the costs associated with travel and accommodation for several at-need athletes at the major showcase events that take place across the nation, to provide every player the chance to compete at the highest level.
In addition, Proseal America has provided a customized adidas travel polo for every Kickers Academy player to wear while traveling to away games and showcase events nationwide.
"We are proud that Proseal America has chosen to lead this initiative and look forward to the funds supporting numerous Kickers players in their quest to be the best both on and off the field," added Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer and U-16 Development Academy Head Coach.
The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Richmond Kickers Development Academy is one of 78 elite youth soccer clubs who uphold the philosophy of increasing training, less total games and more competitive games, based on U.S. Soccer’s Best Practices utilized by the U-17 U.S. National Team Residency Program.
The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy team is evaluated by a National Team coach at least ten times each year and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from National Team staff.
About the Richmond Kickers
Today over 8,000 soccer players participate in programs sponsored by the Richmond Kickers and partner clubs, including Ashland Youth Soccer League, City of Richmond Parks and Recreation, Goochland United Soccer Association, TOPSoccer, Elementary Soccer and Little KICKS. The Richmond Kickers Soccer Club provides opportunities for all players of all abilities and unites soccer in the Central Virginia community. Benefits include economy of scale, consistency of coaching philosophy, professional administrative and coaching staff expertise, positive role models for youth players and a clear pathway from youth to pro for aspiring young players.
About Proseal America Inc.
Just like soccer, Proseal was originally formed in the North West of England. Since our formation we have not only become the leading manufacturer of food packaging machinery and tooling in the UK, but are now recognized as a major force internationally, having extended its operations into a number of sites overseas including our newest manufacturing plant right here in Richmond, Virginia.
Our aim is to be an innovative and pioneering organization within the fast paced food industry, and to take pride, not only in producing a range of high quality, efficient, cost effective food packaging machines, but also in providing a service that surpasses our customers' expectations.
Our reputation is founded on excellent customer service and the ability to design and produce consistently reliable machines.
With many years’ experience in the tray sealing industry, we have a deep understanding of the demanding production requirements to which machinery in this sector is subjected. Combined with the high level of after sales service we provide, our business continues to grow from strength to strength.