Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2010
photo by Armando Tura.
A new women’s soccer team will rally under the Highlanders FC flag this season as the Victoria Stars have been given new life by the island’s premier soccer club.
The Victoria Highlanders FC confirmed today the acquisition of the Pacific Coast Soccer League team Victoria Stars which will now be operated and managed by the island’s hugely successful United Soccer League team and its society.
“There is a huge debt of thanks owed to Victoria Stars past-president George Stewart and his board for their work over the past 10 years in providing a quality program,” said Drew Finerty, GM for Highlanders FC. “Their efforts gave young female soccer players an opportunity to develop their skills and compete at the highest standard in the province.”
Finerty explained that the acquisition of the Stars came earlier than planned for the Highlanders FC, but the opportunity to save the club and build a solid female development program and provide sustainability in the lower island was too important to let slip by.
Highlanders FC First Team assistant Coach Dave Dew will lead the women's coaching staff, while also identifying and training younger female players from 17 to 20 who want to aspire to play for Highlanders FC Women’s side.
"We have an incredible talent pool of female players to draw from who will now get top-flight organizational support from Highlanders FC,” said Dew, who before joining the Highlands FC had coached the Vancouver Whitecaps Women side, assisted with the Canadian Women’s team and the University of Victoria Vikes. “We will be able to grow and - most importantly - retain our local players as they work up through the various levels of competitive soccer.”
The club has brought in former University of Victoria Vikes star Kendra Flock to help build the female program within the Highlanders FC organization. Flock, who will be touring with Canada’s National Team in the next few weeks, will create a high-profile focus for female soccer in the area and will work towards developing and grow partnerships between the community and the new team.
"It’s very exciting to join the Highlanders FC staff and contribute to the club and the women’s side ", said Flock. “Having played at the university, national and pro levels has given me a unique perspective that I hope to be able to pass on to the girls and women playing on the island.”
The Highlander FC Women will kick off their season at home May 9th, when the Okanagan Whitecaps visit City Center Stadium in the first game of a double-header featuring the Highlanders Reserve side.
Season ticket packages for the First Team are in full swing and sales have been brisk since December. The club has already surpassed the number of season tickets sold in their first year with the grand stand more than halfway sold out going into their 2010 promotions campaign. Visit the team’s website at victoriahighlandersfc.com to view all the season ticket packages available for all three teams on sale now.
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