To provide an opportunity for our young people and our community to develop healthy life skills and team skills through active participation in the beautiful game of soccer.
Teamwork - Working together to achieve common goals
Fairness - Treating others as we would like to be treated
Communication - Sharing and respecting diverse ideas to improve our team
Nurture - Providing a positive environment where our young people are challenged to strive for excellence
Stewardship - Committing to make our community a better place
"The Richmond Kickers have a vision,” says Richmond Kickers Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw, “to be the model for the future of youth soccer development in the U.S.” The dream is based upon a united approach to development that is common practice throughout the rest of the world. The United States Soccer Federation calls it Vertical Integration which emphasizes that all soccer players, parents, and coaches are all part of one big soccer family. The integration plan advocates a basic commitment that everyone work together to provide the same age-specific/player specific developmental scheme.
The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization)
formed in May of 2000 when the Eastern F.C. and Richmond United youth clubs joined forces with the Kickers pro club. In the fall of 2001 the youth clubs of Midlothian and Ashland Dragons also became affiliated with RKYSC, with the Kickers managing their travel programs. In the fall of 2002 Pocoshock Valley Youth Soccer League’s travel program merged with the Kickers. In the Fall of 2004 Pocoshock Valley Youth Soccer Recreation league merged with the Richmond Kickers.
The Club provides opportunities for all players of all abilities and unites soccer in the Richmond community. Benefits include economy of scale, consistency of coaching philosophy, professional administrative and coaching staff expertise, positive role models for youth players, a clear pathway from youth to pro for aspiring young players, and the ability to combine resources to draw additional sponsorships and grants.
Club play starts at age 4 or 5 with the recreational soccer level, for young girls and boys who want to have fun and to learn about the game of soccer. The recreational level will extend into the teen years and will allow players to play in a competitive environment without the commitment and expense of travel soccer.
The Club also will provide advanced skills for young players under the age of ten who have the talent and desire to play travel soccer in the future. “Our goal is to provide an advanced skills program for every member of our club. There would be no tryouts — just the opportunity for all talented players to participate in the course and be exposed to a high level of technical instruction within a fun-filled environment,” says Coach Cowlishaw.
Once players reach the U-11 level, the Kickers will field Elite teams that bring all of the best players together. The Elite teams are for players who are serious about the sport and who want to compete at a higher level.