Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Pacific FC Trip Information
Join Cultural Connections as we head south and cheer on our very own professional soccer team as they take on the Winnipeg Valour FC! We will be in the "party zone" - so get your face paint on and get loud!
"On the Island. For the Island."
Canadian Premier League
The time has arrived for Canadian soccer supporters, players, coaches and everyone in the game who’ve long dreamt for a league to call our own. Our long journey has led us to this point, and we’re ready to seize the moment.
Canadian grit sets us apart and embodies soccer fans across the country. Working as one for a league to call our own; a league where supporters, players, coaches, clubs are all united by passion for Canada and passion for the game. Coming together to create an authentic league from the ground up, truly for Canadians, by Canadians.
We are also the most diverse country on earth, and that makes us unique. Our story is about the people. We’re a group of First Nations, immigrants, languages and cultures. We are driven by our desire to be the very best. Diversity is our strength. We are a Cultural Mosaic.
For far too long, many talented kids have dreamt of playing professional soccer in vain. With nowhere to go, their dreams have been dashed as the road to pro was a dead-end path. In some ways we have out-sourced our path to the professional game to other nations. Not anymore.
Enter the Canadian Premier League, a league for Canadians, by Canadians. Players and supporters from coast to coast will finally have a competition to truly call their own. Our clubs will embody the spirit of the community and country. Players will have a league to develop and showcase their skills in front of loyal and passionate supporters that sing and chant their name. They will also bond and forge relationships with fellow Canadians who share similar experiences.
History will be written, and rivalries will be born. Colours will be flown, and respect will be earned. This will be the main stage for our very best to compete for the right to represent the Maple Leaf. All while elevating the standard of play across all levels of the game and building the player pool for our national teams.
The Canadian Premier League will be the light that guides us to our ultimate goal. Our future is bright.
Pacific FC was officially unveiled on July 20, 2018 as the seventh team to join the Canadian Premier League. As well as confirming its place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed its crest, colours and branding.Former Denmark international Michael Silberbauer was announced as the first head coach on August 20, 2019. The club will play their home games at Westhills Stadium, located within the city of Langford (outside of Victoria).
The club's branding is designed to represent of Vancouver Island. The team's crest is the shape of a Douglas fir, a tree native to Vancouver Island, split into two segments, with the right side forming the shape of the island. The tree is bordered by the ocean and includes a single chevron to represent a wave of the ocean and a 'V' that can stand for Victoria, victory and Vancouver Island. The secondary logo is a roundel with a trident, meant to represent the strength and courage of the island, as well as the weather attributed to the Pacific Ocean. The logo also includes the motto of the coat of arms of the city of Victoria, which is the Latin phrase Semper Liber, which translates to "Forever Free". The official club colours are purple, teal, and white (branded by the club as "starfish purple," "lagoon blue," and "lighthouse white"). These colours symbolize the native Pisaster ochraceus sea star, the Pacific Ocean, and the region's lighthouses.
What to Wear:
- Appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather as Westhills is an outdoor stadium
What to bring:
- Umbrella or rain coat (in case it rains)
- Water bottle
- Money if you wish to shop
- Snacks & dinner (or money for food)
- A backpack to carry all your items
VIU Building 255 Main Lobby at 5:30 pm
Transportation to and from soccer game. Admission into game (tickets).
Policies, Health & Safety
We have an ongoing commitment to ensure the safety and quality of our trips, with trained and responsible student leaders, staff and community partners. Before you sign-up, please check out our policies & procedures for more information about how to prepare for a trip, as well as our cancellation policy.
How to Sign Up
Our activities are available to all current VIU Students. Sign up with us in person in Building 255.
You will need to have your:
- Student card,
- Proof of medical insurance (BC Care Card or Guard.me Insurance Policy)
- Payment (cash is currently the only method of payment for activities)
Hours & Locations for Signing Up with us:
Faculty of International Education Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in Building 255, 2nd Floor Reception.
Lunchtime Activity Information Desk Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm – 1 pm in Building 255 - 1st Floor International Commons.
Please read our general waiver form for VIU group activities in the attachment section below. All participants are required to read and sign the waiver before the start of the trip. We will provide a paper copy for you to read through again and sign the morning of the trip.
Kelsey Moon, Activity Program Coordinator
phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2737