Wilmington Hammerheads Press Release
Wilmington, NC – Wilmington Hammerheads FC and Cape Fear Soccer Club announced today a long-term strategic partnership to support the growth and development of youth soccer throughout the region. This partnership between the area's only professional soccer team and the largest youth soccer club will focus on developing players and creating a top club that can compete at the highest level in not only the state, but the country.
"This is an exciting partnership for the Hammerheads organization," said Wilmington Hammerheads General Manager Jason Arnold. "It creates a direct pathway for young players in our community to reach their potential as soccer players, while supporting our first team and their success."
The agreement will go into effect beginning August 1, 2014. Cape Fear Soccer Club will publicly become Hammerheads FC and their current logo will be replaced by the existing Wilmington Hammerheads FC crest, matching the professional team. The youth club structure of Classic, Academy and Recreation will remain unchanged while improving development opportunities for players and staff through new and existing resources.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity for our community and the youth soccer players in Wilmington," said Kenny Bundy, Executive Director of Cape Fear Soccer Club. "This partnership will only increase the soccer culture in Wilmington and build the Wilmington Hammerheads brand throughout this country. Our players, parents, coaches and volunteers could not be more excited to wear Hammerheads blue."
The partnership between CFSC and the Wilmington Hammerheads will consist of several new joint initiatives, including tournaments, youth camps, tickets, education and outreach support. All registered youth will have the opportunity to learn from the professionals on a continual basis while being exposed to the professional environment.
"We look forward to the day we sign our first player to a pro contract who has gone through our new system," said Arnold.
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