Victoria Highlanders

by hwilde on September 25, 2010

The Victoria Highlanders Football Club has had a couple of exciting years showcasing their brand of sports entertainment!  This new organization was founded in early 2008 when the United Soccer League (USL) awarded the City of Victoria the rights to a Premier Development League (PDL) franchise.

One of the main catalysts for the formation of this club was the highly successful 2007 FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cup tournament.  Local businessman Alex Campbell Jr. saw that Victoria was ready to embrace high level soccer and set about to achieve this dream.

After a year spent establishing a coaching staff and holding open trials to evaluate players, the Highlanders began their inaugural season in April 2009.  The team began play out of the newly constructed Bear Mountain Arena, and right off the bat achieved spectacular attendance stats.  The team achieved an impressive 6-6-4 record in their first season, showing steady improvement.

For the 2010 season, the Highlanders have introduced a women’s squad.  The former Victoria Stars of the Pacific Coast Soccer League were acquired by the Highlanders, and have posted an impressive first season with the new club, posting a 12-3-1 record, finishing second in the league to the Vancouver Whitecaps Prospects.

Perhaps the Highlanders most valuable benefit to the city of Victoria lies in its dedication to supporting youth soccer development.  The club has initiated an academy program for boys and girls aged 12-17, a pro-d day mini camp program, and there are plans for summer camps starting in 2011.

Despite being a fledgling organization, the Highlanders already understand the importance of involvement in their community and have proudly supported:

  • MS Kick for the Cure;
  • Tour de Rock;
  • Juvenile Diabetes;
  • Breast Cancer Foundation;
  • CNIB;
  • Boys and GIrls Club;
  • Kickin Schools, and
  • Several local Soccer Associations

With this kind of community support and given the popularity of soccer in Victoria, surely the Victoria Highlanders will continue to be a successful source of sports entertainment in the future.

hwilde

Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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