Unity FC Joins Forces With Surrey United
Exciting news came from League1 BC side Unity FC yesterday, with the club now joining forces with Surrey United FC.
In a press release, the clubs announced a multi-year agreement to bring Unity to Surrey, where they will play at Cloverdale Athletic Park. Matches and training sessions will take place at the venue.
The press release mentioned that this will be in effect for the 2024 League1 BC season. There are several benefits that will also come of this: one example is that youth players from Surrey United will be able to attend Unity FC matches for free. Unity will also be making annual donations to Surrey United’s Hardship fund, which helps children from lower income households get the chance to play football without the financial burden.
Unity president and co-founder Kelsey Brade said in the release, “From the inception of the club, one of its main focuses has been building a community. As a Fans First football club, what better community partner and alliance to have than with Surrey United.”
Similar sentiments were mentioned by Surrey United’s president, Ali Wilkinson.
“This strategic alliance with Unity FC allows us to provide our members with additional pathway opportunities to continue their lifelong soccer journey as a player, a coach, or lifelong fan of the beautiful game,” she stated.
This news is the second major update from the club this offseason: they also announced new ownership last August, shortly after the conclusion of the previous campaign.
It was a very successful season for Unity’s women’s team, who reached the final of League1 BC. Having finished third in the regular season, they ultimately fell to Whitecaps FC Academy in the showpiece. Unity also took part in the League1 Inter-Provincial Championship, finishing third in the tournament.
The men’s team finished fourth in the 2023 League1 regular season, bowing out to league winners Victoria Highlanders in the semifinals.
The new League1 BC season is slated to begin in April, with the schedule likely to be released within the next month.
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