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#21 tedward

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:24 AM

This is fantastic news! I cannot wait to start going to games @ RAP.

#22 pontcanna

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:29 PM

Thumbs up from me too. Let's hope there'll be a trend to sports returning to downtown. Shamrocks, anyone?

#23 spanky123

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 02:01 PM

April fools?

#24 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:01 AM

After upsetting the previously unbeaten Kitsap Pumas last night, the Highlanders just need a win or a tie today to guarantee them a playoff spot.

Game time is 4pm.

If anyone wants to go, I think I have a spare pair of tickets to give away for free, just call me (Paul) at 885-5241.
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:11 AM

And it was a glorious afternoon and we won 3-1 in the heat.

The lads are off to Fresno, California for the first stage of the playoffs!

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 01:42 PM

A loss today to Fresno.
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 01:11 PM

Finerty steps down as Highlanders GM, By Cleve Dheensaw, timescolonist.com, Aug 1, 2011
If the Victoria Highlanders do eventually make the jump to the professional ranks in the United Soccer League, they will owe a lot to the foundation laid by Drew Finerty.
But starting today, the team will be under someone else’s guidance. Finerty stepped down Monday as general manager of the USL Premier Development League organization.


Read more: http://www.timescolo...0404/story.html



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Posted 02 August 2011 - 02:59 PM

Sounds like the coach is next to go. The article on Saturday certainly didn't sound like he was intending to renew his contract.

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 01:55 PM

Not sure I'd be sorry to see Bridge leave. If we are going to move up to USLPro we will need a new coach.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:53 PM

Despite being in the middle of the off-season, it's been an eventful two months for Victoria Highlanders FC.

Community/Supporter Ownership

In early November, the club announced that it would be shaking up the ownership structure, giving 60% of the club to its supporters and community soccer clubs. The new structure is as follows:

  • 30% ownership by club supporters (season ticket holders)
  • 30% ownership by community (youth-oriented) soccer clubs
  • 20% ownership reserved for a future investor/operator
  • 20% ownership by Alex Campbell Jr. (voluntarily reducing his ownership stake from 100%)

People who purchase a season ticket will receive an ownership share in the club, will get to vote on several issues at the club's annual general meetings, and will be able to vote for two supporter representatives who will sit on the club's board of directors.

As such, Victoria Highlanders are now the first high-level soccer club north of Mexico to boast community/supporter ownership.

Independent Supporters' Trust

Victoria Highlanders fans have taken the initiative of setting up an organization that will represent them as supporter-owners (shareholders) of the club. It has been named VISTA (Victoria Independent Supporters' Trust Associated), and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

If you're not familar with the concept of a supporters' trust, you can read more about it here.

Record Season-Ticket Sales

The new community-ownership model has attracted a tremendous amount of attention. Victoria Highlanders have already broken their record for number of season tickets sold, despite there still being four months until the 2012 season begins.
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#31 ViccyScrub

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:50 PM

Season openers this weekend (all matches at Royal Athletic Park):

Saturday, May 12
7:00pm - Victoria Highlanders Men vs. Seattle Sounders U23

Sunday, May 13
2:00pm - Victoria Highlanders Women vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Women
5:00pm - Victoria Highlanders Men vs. Vancouver Whitecaps U23

The club has already sold more than three times the amount of season tickets as last season. Obviously people greatly prefer the downtown location.


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Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:39 AM

I'm looking forward to the footy right here downtown.
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#33 tedward

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:42 AM

The games were played in glorious weather. Results a bit unfortunate but I take some solace that the Whitecaps were only able to earn a draw based on a goal by an MLS regular playing for the U23 side. :banana:

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#34 ViccyScrub

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:45 PM

Men's manager Ian Bridge has been released by the club, part way through the 2012 season.

Victoria Independent Supporters' Trust Associated (VISTA) has a new logo:



As do the Lake Side Buoys:



The inaugurual VISTA newsletter (June 2012), which explains what supporter-ownership is all about, can be viewed here.
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#35 ViccyScrub

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:35 PM

Victoria Highlanders Supporters' Board - the first fans' trust in Canada
Canadian Soccer News
February 13, 2013


Dear Canadian soccer fans: the supporter-ownership movement has arrived here in the land of the maple leaf.

Victoria Highlanders Football Club (VHFC) has recently changed its organizational structure, giving Victoria fans ownership of 30% of the club. Rather than having individual fans purchase shares in the club, a provincially-registered society – known as the Highlanders Supporters’ Board – now legally owns 30% of Victoria Highlanders. The Board will be operated and controlled by club supporters, and it will be independent from the club.

To put things in perspective: the Highlanders Supporters’ Board is the only supporters’ trust in Canada, and is the only supporters’ trust in Canada/USA that owns part of its club.

All 2013 VHFC season-ticket holders automatically become a member of the Highlanders Supporters’ Board for the year. Supporters’ Board members are eligible to vote on several club matters during VHFC’s annual general meetings (to be held every November), and may nominate themselves for one of seven elected Supporters’ Board positions. Two of the seven elected Board members will also sit on the Victoria Highlanders Advisory Board, which will hold quarterly meetings to discuss club matters.

The creation of the Highlanders Supporters’ Board ensures that the opinions of VHFC fans are both heard and collectively voiced to the club through a formalized and regularized process. The Supporters’ Board’s opinions and suggestions will enable the club’s decision-makers to have a better understanding of what VHFC fans want from the club. The creation of the Supporters’ Board (and its ownership of 30% of Victoria Highlanders) will mean that fans will have a greater say in how the club is run.

Nominations for Highlanders Supporters’ Board positions are open for another week (until Tuesday, February 19th). For more information about the elected positions and the nomination process, please click here.

Background info about supporters’ trusts:

A supporters’ board, more commonly known around the world as a "supporters' trust", is defined by Wikipedia as, "a formal, democratic and not-for-profit organisation of fans who attempt to strengthen the influence of supporters over the running of the club they support."

In Great Britain, where modern football began, clubs were established in the late 1800s as private businesses. However, the concept of supporter-ownership has grown rapidly in England in recent years – almost 30 English football clubs are now partially or completely owned by supporters. The club with the highest profile is Swansea City of the English Premier League, which has a setup similar to Victoria Highlanders: season-ticket holders automatically become members of Swansea’s supporters’ trust (which owns 20% of the EPL club). There are more than 100 supporters’ trusts in Britain – including the Chelsea Supporters Trust, which was officially launched this past weekend.

In some European countries, all football clubs must be majority-owned by their supporters and/or must be registered as membership organizations (rather than as private businesses) – including in Germany, Sweden and Turkey.

Further reading:

Highlanders Supporters' Board: nominations process for elected positions

Highlanders Supporters' Board: Twitter account

Highlanders Supporters' Board: Facebook account

"Recognizing Value: developing a structured relationship between supporters’ trusts and clubs" – Supporters Direct

"The social and community value of football" – Supporters Direct
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#36 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:42 AM

Nice to see they got a major corporate sponsor. A bit sad that it has to be one with a monopoly on their service that doesn't much need to advertise.

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Highlanders Football Club are pleased to announce a partnership with Fortis BC. The partnership allows the Highlanders to work with the province’s largest utilities company with the desire to provide a spark for the upcoming season.

“Fortis BC is proud and happy to support the Highlanders,” said Bob Anderson Senior Manager, Residential & Commercial Energy Solutions, “Soccer is a high energy game and we’re in the business of providing energy. We can appreciate how important this kind of activity is to the community and are proud to be a part of it.”


At least Fortis is not spending money on clever copy writing. ;)
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 01:19 PM

Season progressing nicely so far and an opportunity tonight to win our first silverware!

Kickoff tonight (Friday, May 31) vs Vancouver Whitecaps @ 7:00 pm.

Game Preview - Vancouver Whitecaps

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:36 PM

After finishing top of the NW Division we went on to win the Western Conference in California last weekend.

This coming weekend Highlanders will play in their first ever (inter)National Championship opening on Friday in the all-Canadian semi-final against Thunder Bay which will be streamed (http://www.uslnation...ex_dynamic.aspx) starting around 3:00pm.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:48 AM

This coming weekend Highlanders will play in their first ever (inter)National Championship opening on Friday in the all-Canadian semi-final against Thunder Bay which will be streamed (http://www.uslnation...ex_dynamic.aspx) starting around 3:00pm.


Venue is the Yates St. Taphouse :)

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 02:54 PM

VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS FC AND SHAW COMMUNICATIONS BRING SHAW GO WIFI TO ROYAL ATHLETIC PARK


VICTORIA, April 22, 2014 – Victoria Highlanders FC is pleased to announce a new partnership with Shaw Communications Inc. for the upcoming 2014 Premier Development League season. The agreement will see its home stadium, Royal Athletic Park, given a technological upgrade as Shaw Communications will provide Internet services to the press box and ticket box offices, as well as providing in-stadium WiFi services to Highlanders fans through access to the Shaw Go WiFi network.  As per club policy, no financial terms will be disclosed. 

“I am delighted to welcome Shaw Communications to the Highlanders family. This partnership continues to build the framework of business partners that will help take the Highlanders to the next level of operations,” stated Highlanders General Manager Mark deFrias. “It will be important for the Highlanders to be as competitive on the field as we are off the field. At the highest level of our program, we provide an entertainment avenue for the community, and this relationship will allow us to make a marked improvement on the game day experience at Royal Athletic Park.” 

A complementary service available to all Shaw Internet customers, Shaw Go WiFi will provide visitors to Royal Athletic Park with instant Internet access by entering their credentials. Once logged in, Shaw customers will remain continuously connected to Shaw Go WiFi while within range of the network. Visitors who are not Shaw Internet customers also have access to the network at Royal Athletic Park by logging in at each use. 

 


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