L1BC’s Unity FC Announces Ownership Changes
Langley’s League1 BC outfit announced today a massive shake-up of their ownership structure going into the 2023 League1 BC off-season.
Teased over the past week and finally revealed Thursday afternoon, it was announced that a group of investors led by TSN host Kelcey Brade will be joining the club as owners to strengthen the club at large.
According to a press release put out by the club, Brade and core group members Aaron Fedora, Brad Ratel, and Tyler Walker had come on board earlier in the 2023 season and were eventually joined by Joshua Gaglardi, Chris Della Mora, Lloyd Van Oenen and Clement Wee.
“This game and this league needs people like you and me to come alongside to support, promote, and be a part of the journey for our current and next generation of women and men footballers,” said Brade, who will also be taking over as the club CEO going forward.
Brade, who’s broadcasting career began in Langley several years ago, says that he is looking forward to building a club and culture that will be able to give back to the community he loves both and off the pitch.
As I have discussed in the past, although the Trinity Western Spartans-affiliated side has seen success on the pitch – with a third place finish for the women’s squad in 2022 and dual appearances in this year’s L1BC playoffs – off the pitch, they have left a lot to be desired. Only after their second season did they finally roll out a Unity FC website.
This does not seem to be lost on the new owners though. Said Brade: “This is also so much more than just the players. We need to connect with the heart and soul of this club – the fans. We want their experience of attending any of our matches to be the best thing you did that weekend”.
We’ll have more coverage of Unity FC’s ownership changes shortly.