Parents of KSA,
Friday the 29th of May sees the start of the Rangers Development Weekend here in Knoxville TN. Greg Statt the Rangers International Academy Director will travel to Knoxville, to present both practical and theory sessions to visiting coaches, players and parents from other Rangers partner clubs who are traveling to Knoxville.
This event is gives Rangers an opportunity to present to coaches and parents and players, its philosophy on how to develop young players in the “Rangers Way”. KSA is very pleased to be hosting this event and the complete schedule in attached to this email and will be posted on the KSA website. One advantage to hosting this event is that KSA players will be the student players in the sessions that Greg and his staff will present. We also have a visiting club called Rockford Raptors from Illinois, who are bringing their U16 boys team and a handful of U14 girls. Therefore, we will play two matches against these teams over the weekend. (See schedule).
We will need KSA players available to be trained by Rangers staff over the course of the weekend and the schedule highlights the times we need each specific age group to be available. We hope as many current players will be available and we ask that they confirm with their team manager regarding their attendance for next weekend. Players will be used as they need to be by the Rangers staff during the coaching sessions and it’s important that all players focus on what is being asked.
We want to encourage all current KSA players and parents to attend as many sessions as possible during this event. In particular I want to bring to your attention the events for Friday 29th May.
At 5:30pm to 8:30pm, parents can drop off their kids at JLTA for them to interact with some visiting players, where we will do a “dog and duck” event and a “battle box” event for all who turn up.
Once parents drop off their kids at JLTA, we want them to head over to the Holiday Inn Hotel at Cedar Bluff, where Greg will present to all parents and coaches the Rangers Philosophy and why they are embarking on their club partnership program. Greg will finish around 8pm when parents can then return to pick up their kids at JLTA. The Friday night presentation will give parents a great insight into how clubs operate in Europe and this will support the work KSA is doing here in Knoxville.
KSA has invited other local coaches from other local clubs to attend the Development Weekend and we would encourage all KSA parents to invite other interested parents to this event.
On Saturday at 4:30pm we would like to finish the day off by providing our Rangers partner club visitors with a picnic at JLTA. We are going to ask any KSA parents who will be in attendance, to bring a dish to share with our visitors. KSA will provide some hot dogs and hamburgers and we are looking for some volunteers to help manage this aspect of the weekend. ( if you can help out by bringing a dish or helping to cook please contact Derek directly). If you cannot stay for the picnic, you can still donate a dish for our guests. (We have about 35 confirmed visitors from Rangers partner clubs plus 4 Rangers and GIS staff)
Finally, we want to publicly thank the Whitley family and the Seaman’s for hosting the visiting Rangers coaches next week during the camp. This is very nice of them to open up their homes for our guests coaches. We have been approached by some other parents who would like to entertain the coaches for a meal or just a visit during the week. If that is something parents are keen to do, contact Derek directly to organize.
This is the first time an event like this has been introduced here in the USA and KSA is very proud to be the hosting club. Let’s make sure that the event is well attended and that we take this opportunity to open our minds to this great game!