Rangers Development Weekend

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!

Thanks, KSA!

Camp Groups for Rangers ID Camp

To all Rangers ID campers,

Please see CAMP GROUPS and times for next weeks Rangers ID camp at the JLTA facility here in Knoxville Tennessee. The camp starts on Tuesday 26th of May and ends on Friday 29th of May.

It is important to understand from the outset: that this is NOT just a recreational camp designed for kids to have fun. It is an Identification camp put on by coaches who work for a Top Professional Club from Scotland. They will put players through sessions that they produce for players back home in their Academies and will expect the same desire and determination to improve as they would with players back in the UK. Local Knoxville players, will have the opportunity to be taught as if they were in an academy system in Scotland and the structure and times allocated to each session will reflect the structure from the UK.

Each day, the players will be put through a 2 hour session that will be adapted to the level of the players. Ultimately, the coaches are looking for players who show good technique, attitude and motivation that could take them onto a National ID camp here in the U.S. And who knows, a dream chance to train in Scotland at the Murray Park Training Center in Glasgow.

At KSA we appreciate that some parents will be working during the camp session time slots and we want you to know that we will have KSA staff on site to supervise children prior to and after their sessions with the Rangers coaches. It is important for those children who are waiting to be picked up; that they NOT interfere with the groups who are working.

The times for each group will be the same each day and parents can talk with KSA staff about pick ups and drop offs at anytime between now and the camp.

When you look at the groups, we have tried to keep age groups and genders together in similar time slots, however, Rangers staff are free to move players across the groups within their time slots. For KSA staff, this camps offers us a chance for independent coaches to cast an eye over our players! This is a Rangers Camp NOT a KSA camp and we are keen to see what feedback we get from the coaches from Scotland!

Finally, if you have registered for the camp and your name is not listed on this sheet, contact Derek directly on 865-309-6676 to discuss.

We will take registrations until Friday but NO walk on’s unless we have space.


Derek Broadley

Golf Tournament

KSA is pleased to announce that it will be running a golf tournament in October to help raise money for ongoing education through soccer. The monies raised will help support players attending overseas opportunities with Glasgow Rangers FC. Robin Bingham and Kelly Calkins have both worked very hard to put this all together and enclosed are all of the relevant information regarding the tournament and the sponsorship opportunities.

Players and families are asked to seek out sponsors and players to participate in this event and by doing so, will have access to funds that are raised from the event applied to a future trip to Scotland. Every player who works to support this event will be rewarded for their endeavors!

As this is the first time that KSA has looked into fundraising, we would really like to get it out to the Knoxville community. We will have copies of the sponsorship packet available at tryout sessions and the up and coming Rangers Events however, please feel free to distribute the packet to prospective sponsors or players!

This really is a great opportunity for our players and could be a life changing experience!

Download or Golf Print Packet:

Scenic City Cup Champs!

ksagirlsThis past weekend (May 9-10), our KSA u18 girls won all three games to claim First place at the Scenic City Cup in Chattanooga. The girls were able to dispatch of their opponents by scores of 3-0 and 2-0 on Saturday and followed it up with a final win against Tennessee Soccer Club 3-1. Over the weekend the girls faced some rough conditions and tough competition while showing some great soccer for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to the KSA u-18 girls team.

2015 Tryout Schedule

All current KSA players are asked to attend as many sessions as possible in their appropriate age groups. Please encourage friends and other soccer players to attend. We will discuss each players individual performance at their interviews.

New Pricing Structure for 2015-16

Parents of KSA players,

KSA is pleased to announce their New Pricing structure for 2015-16 seasons. After participating in a review of our structure in this; our second season as a TSSA soccer club. KSA wanted to make itself accessible to more players who are striving to improve their individual skills and techniques in a club setting. Also, with our partnership with Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) we are going to be rolling out Rangers Camps throughout the year that will be opened up to all players in the Knoxville area.

The Pricing Structure (below) lays out all of the pricing for the Knoxville Soccer Academy club fees for 2015-16 season. Rangers camps will be additional unless individual players wish to continue with the full year payment plan. If this is something that current parents are interested in then they should bring this up at their child’s interview for their end of year evaluation with the KSA directors: or contact Derek directly at in the next two weeks.

Players will have the opportunity to sign up for next season after their end of year evaluation interview with new players being added after tryouts.

Thanks KSA

Derek Broadley

Rangers Development Weekend


Rangers Camp

We are proud to be hosting the Rangers North American Academy, Elite Player ID Camp. The camp runs May 29-31st. Register HERE GRTN1-1

Congratulations KSA 02 Boys

Congratulations to the KSA 02 boys for winning their division at the Gatlinburg Spring Classic on March 28th-March 29th.  At a great venue for soccer, the boys showed great resiliency in winning 5 games in 2 days to win gold!

Finishing Camp

There will not be finishing camp this Friday 4/3 in honor of Good Friday.  It will resume the following Friday 4/10 from 6-7 PM.