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Home News LSA Club News Lakehill Soccer Association and Victoria Highlanders

Lakehill Soccer Association and Victoria Highlanders

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Lakehill Soccer Association is pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with the Victoria Highlanders. The purpose of this relationship is to promote the continued growth of soccer in our city. The Highlanders are offering to ALL members of Lakehill, discounted season's tickets for the upcoming 2012 season of the men's PDL and the women's W-League. Normally, these tickets are $84.00. They are offered to our membership at $35.00, 60% off the face value of the ticket. They also have a limited number free season tickets available to the younger kids.  Season's tickets are on sale now at http://victoriahighlandersfc.com/season.php

This incredible opportunity should not be missed. Combined with the fact that all home games will be at Royal Athletic Park, the Highlanders will be one of the hottest summer entertainment tickets.

Our strategic partnership has further been extended to allow the Highlanders to use our normally idle field space on Sunday nights from 4pm to 9pm. The training that will take place on the turf, may range from their development teams to their first teams on both the women's and men's sides. In exchange for this field space, any existing Lakehill player is being offered a 10% discount on their Highlanders Development Team fees.

The following is an invititation to register for the upcoming Victoria Highlanders Development Team Program.

The Victoria Highlanders FC have launched their 2012 Spring/Summer Development Teams program.  This program is open to all players who have interest in improving their technique and tactical understanding in the team environment. Players will train twice per week (Training Schedule) and compete in exhibition games and a tournament. For more information go to their Development Team page on the Highlanders Website or the Academy blog.

The following is the terms of our arrangement with the Victoria Highlanders

Agreement between the Victoria Highlanders (the Highlanders) and Lakehill Soccer Association (Lakehill)

It is understood that both the Highlanders and Lakehill have the best interests of soccer development in mind as it relates to the operation of their respective programs.

Background and History:

Since Lakehill and the Highlanders entered into discussions about Lakehill becoming a partner/owner of the Highlanders, the Highlanders Head Coaching Staff has made it a priority to work closely with the Technical Director of Lakehill.  During the 2011/12 season, the Highlanders have created and led two coaching clinics for Lakehill coaches, each having approximately 25 participants.  In addition, the Highlanders have created three coaching documents for use by Lakehill coaches and placed them on the Lakehill website.   The Highlanders coaches have attended Lakehill Development Nights as guest coaches.  Most recently, Ian Bridge (PDL Head Coach) worked with Lakehill’s U14 boys team in preparation for cup play at the end of the season. The Highlanders have indicated that they have found these initial involvements and the on-going dialogue with Lakehill’s Technical Director to be rewarding and look forward to continued cooperation in the future.


Due to changes within the Highlanders organizational structure, it has become crucial for them to seek cooperation from the local soccer community and in particular, their partners. This cooperation will take many forms. The Highlanders are looking to reduce the costs of operating their club. As such, they are asking their partners to grant free use of unused field space. In exchange the Highlanders are offering to donate back to their partners Coaching and Player Development opportunities, both at the partner’s club and within the framework of the Highlanders sessions.

It is anticipated that the Highlanders may use the turf at Braefoot Park to run development team training sessions, development team games, and Reserve/PDL/WLeague sessions.  It is understood that all programs operated within the agreed timeframe will fit into the larger Victoria Highlanders FC Player Development Model.

The programs may be a combination of both training and games. The goal of the development structure is to create “competency based” development programs where players are instructed with the age appropriated techniques and tactics for future success in soccer.  The Highlanders run their development teams during the summer as a supplemental program to the player’s club team and allow players to be part of the Highlanders while remaining committed to their youth association. The Highlanders academy allows them to help develop the young players of clubs like Lakehill while at the same time provide an avenue to identify future Highlanders.

It is anticipated that the Highlanders and Lakehill will look toward continued collaboration with each other.


Lakehill recognizes that the Highlanders are better positioned to offer elite level programs than Lakehill. The Highlanders recognize the Lakehill acts as a development organization, but services a wide array of player groups and needs with its facilities. This agreement is intended to respect the needs of parties and their needs as members in the soccer community.

Lakehill agrees to donate field time at Braefoot Turf from 4pm to 9pm for the period of May 1 to July 31, 2012 for the exclusive use of the Highlanders.

In exchange, the Highlanders will donate coaching and development services to Lakehill’s coaches and players. These services will be arranged by either the Technical Director or the Director of Coaching. The Director of Coaching will provide to the Lakehill Executive an accounting of the activities provided by the Highlanders on a regular basis.

The Highlanders will provide to Lakehill the following:

Coach Education Benefits:

  • The Highlanders will conduct no less than four coaching Education Clinics for Lakehill Technical Director and Coaches.
  • The Highlanders will attend no less than 20 hours at Lakehill Development Night sessions or specifically identified team practices.
  • Highlander’s coaches open for questions/dialogue with Lakehill coaches at all sessions.
  • Lakehill coaches to be encouraged to attend Highlanders youth/senior training sessions as observers “on-going coaching clinic”.
  • Lakehill Technical Director / attending coaches to receive printed Academy/Development Team session plans.
  • Identified Lakehill coaches could act as assistant/apprentice coaches as a coaching development opportunity

Lakehill Player Benefits:

  • Ease of access for Lakehill players to participate in High Level academy training with the Highlanders coaching staff.
  • Participating players working with top level coaches and trained according to a “competency” based curriculum.
  • 10% off all Spring/Summer 2012 Development Team registrations by Lakehill players.

Lakehill Club Benefits:

  • Continued working relationship between the Highlanders and Lakehill Technical Staff.
  • The Highlanders Development Teams (Summer of 2012) setting exposes more community players to Braefoot Park and Lakehill club surroundings.
  • Lakehill can promote to its members that it has been proactive in making a high level development program more accessible to its players.
  • Lakehill seen as leader in promoting the growth of high level soccer opportunities for its membership.

Signed: Alan Reid

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:54