VICTORIA, BC – Victoria Highlanders FC were on hand at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence’s (PISE) 2017 Sports & Exercise Career Fair Thursday, meeting and conversing with the local student body who will represent the future of sports professionals in Canada.


The club met with several interested students throughout the morning and afternoon at PISE to discuss potential internships and volunteer positions within the club for the upcoming Premier Development League (PDL) season.

The PDL is the proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure and features 72 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 16 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club.

“We are approaching the third season since Dave Dew and I purchased the club,” Highlanders FC general manager Marvin Diercks explained. “It has been a long process of restructuring the club to be sustainable, while also remaining competitive on the pitch and we are seeing steady strides forward each and every season.”

The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience.

“None of our club’s success would be possible without the commitment of outstanding volunteers and interns,” Diercks added. “Today was an excellent opportunity to meet with prospective students interested in getting their foot in the door in the sports industry through the Highlanders.”

Victoria Highlanders FC open their 2017 PDL season on May 14 at Centennial Stadium against Lane United FC at 2:00 p.m. PST. For 2017 tickets, please click HERE or visit for more information.

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Victoria Highlanders FC is a Canadian soccer team based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The team was founded in 2007, competing in the USL Premier Development League through the 2014 season. After a season in the PCSL, the Highlanders returned to the PDL in 2016.