Owners Brett Large and Moreno Stefani (left) with Randy Bertsch from Island Savings

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Victoria Highlanders FC will kick off the 2018 season with a new title sponsor – Island Savings. The announcement today came just four weeks out from their first game of the season in the Premier Development League (PDL), against Calgary Foothills FC on May 11.

Randy Bertsch, President of Island Savings welcomed the partnership. “We are delighted to be here today. Island Savings is passionate about the community and we believe access to sport is very important. Seeing soccer being played with such skill inspires us all, and we like to support promising young athletes to compete.” It is due to Island Savings that the home opener on May 20 against Portland will have free entry for kids under 12. “We support a team that has a family friendly price,” he added.

“Island Savings is a perfect fit as we are both local organizations with a focus on supporting our community and we both share in a vision to providing great experiences to our members,” said Highlanders Managing Director Brett Large. “We believe that Island Savings will play a key role in helping us continue to grow our program, and reconnect at the grassroots level with our community.”

The PDL club has been busy over the last few weeks signing new players, and re-signing returning players, in addition to acquiring a new clothing sponsor – Italian-based Macron.

New Head Coach Thomas Niendorf is excited to be leading the Highlanders into the new season. “The Victoria Highlanders has a fantastic history and is a supporter of bringing people together. I am a good listener but I am also not afraid of making new decisions. We will put a competitive team on the field and hopefully the results will come.”

Veteran player Blair Sturrock has been with the Highlanders since 2013 and is looking forward to returning for the 2018 season. “There are two reasons I still play,” he said. “For fun and I believe in the role that soccer plays in the community. Soccer can connect everyone in the community, and that is why I am here.”

For more details on the upcoming season see www.highlandersfc.ca