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League1BC welcomes Unity FC as founding License Holder

Trinity Western University based club becomes the 5th L1BC organization to kick-off in May of 2022, and the first semi-pro football club in the Western Fraser Valley.

November 22, 2021 - Vancouver / Langley BC 

For years, Langley has been a unifying area between the farmland of the Eastern Fraser Valley and the municipalities of Surrey and metropolis of Greater Vancouver. With the Golden Ears Bridge, Highway 1 and the Fraser Highway nearby, you could say Langley also unifies 3 major transportation gateways. Not only does it bring unification geographically but there is a rich history of older communities, exciting newer developments and connection to the original people of this area. Langley is unique and strives to unify the past, present and future.

Unity Football Club will seek to do the same both on and off the field, by bringing unity in the way it plays, the way it develops, and in some unique future partnerships. Playing in the colours of Trinity Dawn and Midnight Black, the club aims to unify not just the various communities within the greater Langley region, but also the past with the present and future, illustrated in the crest design with 3 distinct lines making up the “U”.  Reflecting on, and learning from the past, while working towards a better future has been emulated (along with a nod to the mighty Fraser River), with the reflection detail below the “U”.

"I am extremely excited about the prospect of this league and its ability to develop the next level of talent needed to sustain the growth and success of soccer in Canada.  I have seen first-hand how a league like this one can be the step a player needs in their personal development. No longer do players have to go to the other side of the country or travel to the US system. We are excited to be a part of this and I look forward to what this league will produce. I am also excited about what this project can also do off the pitch. Development of the game and of people is not just a training and game environment activity but it is holistic. I do believe that there will be residual results in the communities our teams will work in."  Mike Shearon, Unity FC.

We are delighted to be participating in the new League 1 BC. This is an exciting opportunity to provide our young and aspiring players a great next pathway to playing at an elite level. With the structure and standards in place to have a league that has outstanding players, and franchises that are serious about providing a strong competitive experience, we feel this is an important next step for the development of players.  Graham Roxburgh, Unity FC.

 

“Unity FC is a key addition to League1 BC, representing an important community within our soccer landscape in British Columbia. We are confident the partnership with Trinity Western University associated with the professionalism of the people involved with the club and the support from the local community will create a remarkable organization to proudly represent the region.” Gabriel Assis, Director of Operations for BC Soccer.

Unity Football Club will play its home games on one of the best pitches in the province, and another ground with a wonderful setting…Chase Office Field on the Campus of Trinity Western University. 

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.

About League1 BC

League1 BC is an adult open age Pro-Am Soccer League operated by BC Soccer. Established in 2021, the league is intended to bridge the gap between youth and professional soccer, targeting the “Training to Compete” stage within Long-term Player Development (LTPD). The League will engage communities across British Columbia providing standard-based competition and training environments for female and male players, coaches, and match officials. League1 BC serves as a key platform of development into further opportunities within the game.

About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.