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Kaneland United SC

Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization and Kaneland United Soccer Club Relaunch as Kaneland United SC

Combination Adds Programming and Professionalism; Continues Community Focus, Affordability

Elburn IL –

The Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) and Kaneland United Soccer Club today announced that the programs have combined and re-launched as Kaneland United SC.

“People in the community know KYSO for a great recreational soccer experience and Kaneland United for a strong travel soccer program,” said Sean Carmody, Club President. “But many people didn’t realize those programs were always part of the same Club. Kaneland United SC brings the programs together.”

“This re-launch allows us to get rid of a lot of duplication, simplify how we operate and have one name in the community,” added Carmody.

The Club has introduced a new Club logo and has launched a new Club website at .

Club programs have been expanded and provide training and matches for nearly every stage of youth soccer including; Little Knights, an introduction to soccer program for 3 and 4 year olds; Recreational soccer for boys and girls ages 5 to 17; Academy soccer, a skills development program for 8 to 10 year old; Competitive Soccer for players beginning at the U10 level; and recreational referee development and soccer coach development and training.

“Our TOPSoccer program is something we’ve also expanded and are pleased to offer for free for special needs players,” said Carmody. KYSO was the first program in Illinois to offer TOPSoccer, a program specifically designed to provide soccer for special needs players. “And offering TOPS for free goes along with our community involvement focus.”

The Club’s foundation is based on community focus and four key concepts, including:

  • That soccer is the people’s game and the Club will provide an affordable, high quality soccer experience, training and player development across all programs  
  • That youth soccer is fun, everyone plays, the Club emphasizes development over winning and adopt best practices of positive coaching
  • That participation in youth soccer develops children physically, mentally and socially, preparing them for bright futures and contributors to the community 
  • That the community built around the game of soccer is a touchstone for lifelong friendships, mutual support & respect and a vehicle for connecting with each other

“We think participation in youth sports is an important part of growing up and learning,” said Jason Diebold, the Club’s new Director of Coaching.  “There’s no better sport than soccer to learn creativity, teamwork, sportsmanship, make friends and be fit and active.”

“That’s the great thing about soccer. We teach the kids skills, but when the game starts, they’re in charge. It’s not about coaches telling kids what to do and when to do it. It’s about letting the players apply the skills they’ve learned in training and learning to problem solve and think for themselves,” Diebold continued.

According to Carmody, the Club will remain incorporated as a 501c3 Not For Profit Corporation as Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization, but will be known and branded as Kaneland United SC.

“It’s really an exciting time for the program,” added Carmody. “There’s a lot of change and new faces and new opportunities but we’re also really focused on the values and beliefs we’ve always had.”

Affordability and a quality experience are two focus areas for both Mike Mitchinson and Mo Gannon in the Club programs. Mitchinson has expanded his role to include running the competitive soccer program and Gannon is now running the recreational program.

“Some of the best players in the world learned to play soccer in the street playing pick-up games,” said Mitchinson. “We’re confident we can develop kids into quality players and do it in a way that makes it easy on mom and dad.”

According to Gannon, the recreational program has added several new programs to help make playing youth soccer easier for families and reduce costs including introducing reusable uniforms, starting a cleat closet, offering discounts for returning families and financial assistance for families with a demonstrated need.   

Other efforts the Club is involved with are:

·         Working with Blackberry Township and the Kane County Forest Preserve on development of the McNair 2 site for youth sports and soccer use.

·         Continuing the Club’s working relationship with the Kaneland School District and expanding with the Elburn Lions Club.

·         Continuing the relationship with the Waubonsee Community College soccer programs for mentoring and teaching younger players soccer skills

·         Providing free TOPSoccer program for special needs players

·         Kaneland Kicks Cancer fundraising for local families affected by cancer

·         Recruiting and 11 new board members and volunteers to join existing Club leadership, which includes:

         - Sean Carmody, President
         -  Mike Mitchinson, VP Competitive Soccer
         - Mo Gannon, VP Recreational Soccer
         - Kirsten Pehl, VP Club Administration
         - Jason Diebold, VP & Director of Coaching
         - Dan Valentini, VP Finance
         - Tom Guernon, Director of Marketing & Development
         - Tabitha Sand, Director of Risk Management
         - Key Volunteers include: Jennifer Flory, Lauren Boryc, Lauren Bowgren, Frank Nitsche, Mike VanDinther, Rachel Zimmerman, Katie Love, Kristin Davison, Eric Matthys, Robert Johnson, Rob Sand and Scott Weber

“We’re a volunteer driven and community focused Club,” said Carmody. “So the relationships we have in the area are critical for success as well as the time and commitment from our volunteers and sponsors. We don’t always get it right the first time, but have had record enrollments for our fall 2014 and spring 2015 programs, so feel we’re on the right track.”