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HFX Wanderers FC Announce Partnership with Soccer Nova Scotia

January 26, 2019 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - HFX Wanderers FC News Release

Halifax, N.S. - HFX Wanderers FC & Soccer Nova Scotia are very proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership aimed at growing all levels of the game in the province.

The agreement comes as the Wanderers - who are Halifax's newest professional sports team - are preparing to represent the region on the national stage in the brand new Canadian Premier League.

The partnership focuses on 3 main areas that both the club and the association believe will help soccer thrive in Nova Scotia.

Firstly, the association, will ensure none of it's sanctioned Nova Scotia Soccer League games will clash with the Wanderers weekend home games. This means that no NSSL games will kick-off within two hours of a Wanderers match, allowing all soccer players and their families to be able to attend the games, without missing their own.

"It's a huge sense of relief," said Andrew Gervais, who has four children in soccer in the region and coaches three of those teams. "This allows us to create more of a family event and not have to worry about missing a game or practice."

With 348 teams in the summer league and about 5,500 players from all ages starting at Under 9 and continuing to senior levels, it's a move Wanderers Founder and President Derek Martin sees as significant in building the new team's fan base.

"By removing potential scheduling conflicts, we hope to give every young soccer player the opportunity to be inspired by their newest heroes," Martin explained. "The relationship we have built with Soccer Nova Scotia is one of our club's greatest assets and we're all aligned on the positive impact the Canadian Premier League will have on our young potential future stars."

The second part of the agreement will see the BMO Soccer Centre become the training home of the Wanderers. The club will host its preseason training camp at the indoor facility this March and utilize the outdoor fields throughout the season.

Thirdly, the Wanderers Grounds will play host to the championship games of the Nova Scotia Soccer League Premiership Division in August, to provide a professional platform for the elite amateur players in the province to showcase their skills and feel the excitement of playing at the Wanderers Grounds.

"We're very excited to have the HFX Wanderers within our province and we see the importance of working closely together to grow the game of soccer," said Brad Lawlor, the Executive Director of Soccer Nova Scotia. "What we outlined above is a start and we will continue to look at best ways to support each other to offer the best product possible for our membership and Wanderers fans."

With the Canadian Premier League expected to begin play in April, the Wanderers and Soccer Nova Scotia are already working together to prepare for a new era of professional soccer in the region.

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