© Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
Jared Murphy, left, and Matt Thomson show the new SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. uniforms.
Prince Edward Island’s premier soccer team’s jerseys may soon be worn in some countries around the world.
P.E.I. F.C. clothing is now being sold at SoccerStop through a new three-year sponsorship deal with the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League team.
“Over the years we’ve had a lot of interest from cruise ship passengers and tourists downtown in the summertime looking for (merchandise from) a local club,” manager Jared Murphy said Thursday.
“We’ve already sold tank tops . . . jerseys and athletic T-shirts.”
SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. striker Matt Thomson said having the Charlottetown business as its primary sponsor will help the team grow.
“For us it was important to
get a long-term sponsor in
order to be part of our rebranding strategy,” Thomson said.
Murphy said the company has been interested in partnering with an Island club looking to make an impact in the soccer community.
“That’s what makes this relationship perfect,” said Murphy, who also plays on the soccer team.
“Young players have something to look forward to as they grow up playing soccer — to hopefully play for P.E.I. F.C. one day.”
David and Jonathan Vos own SoccerStop while Andy Vos is
the company’s director. Jonathan was P.E.I. F.C.’s captain when the team won gold at the nationals in 2010.
Thomson said it costs about $7,000 to run the team, not including travel costs, making the support from the business community imperative.
“Without the primary and secondary sponsors it just would have been a nightmare.”
The SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. soccer team begins the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League season Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at home at UPEI. More on the team in Saturday’s edition of The Guardian and at www.theguardian.pe.ca.