August 20, 2022
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
CAROLINA ELITE SOCCER ACADEMY AND ASHEVILLE SHIELD FOOTBALL CLUB ANNOUNCE MERGER AND FORMATION OF “CESA ASHEVILLE SHIELD”
Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) and Asheville Shield Football Club (ASFC) are proud to announce their merger and look forward to continuing their shared tradition of excellence while growing the beautiful game in Western North Carolina. CESA Asheville Shield will serve families in the growing Asheville area and it’s rapidly expanding surroundings, bringing the opportunities that have transformed CESA into the most successful club in the region to the soccer loving communities of WNC.
Asheville Shield President Kristie Bivins noted “For years we have admired how CESA has used their success and excellence at the highest levels of youth soccer to provide programming that gives every player the opportunity to reach their goals with quality instruction, even at the youngest recreational level. We have the same goal, and are beyond excited to join CESA and bring those incredible opportunities to the families in our community!”
CESA Co-Executive Directors Andrew Hyslop and Pearse Tormey said ” CESA has been and continues to be committed to providing the best soccer experience possible for all of our families. We are really looking forward to having the opportunity to work closely with soccer families in WNC. Our in depth conversations with the Asheville Shield leadership team made this decision one that we felt makes sense for all involved. We can’t wait to get started with this project.”