Toronto, ON (October 20, 2021) - League1 Ontario is pleased to welcome Electric City FC, representing Peterborough, to the Men's Premier Division for the 2022 season, the ninth campaign for the Provincial Division III league. ECFC joins League1 Ontario by virtue of acquiring the license previously held by Toronto Skillz FC, who joined L1O in 2016.
“Welcoming an organization like Electric City FC, that is laser-focused on bringing both elite amateur and professional football to their community, is an exciting addition to our league,” said League1 Ontario Executive Chairman, Dino Rossi. “We are so pleased to see the support that the community of Peterborough has shown already for this club, and we look forward to supporting ECFC's efforts to create a pathway to professional soccer for aspiring players in the Kawartha region.”
Driven by local passion and strong community support, this group has been focused on bringing a soccer team to Peterborough over the past number of years. During this time, ECFC was able to build a strong foundation for the club and put together an amazing local ownership group and management team that is committed to working with the community to build a world-class professional soccer club that the people of Peterborough can be proud of. This hard work finally came to fruition on August 9, when Electric City Football Club was formally announced.
Supported by the Club’s local ownership group, consisting of Neil Morton, Kyle McDonald, Burton Lee, Mo Von Roeder, Beth McClelland, Jon Gillan, Richard Wood, Alex Bridal, Siam Grobler, Alvaro de la Guardia, Paul Bennett, Keaton Robbins, Rob Jenkins, and Gregory Couch, ECFC is focused on delivering exciting football and an outstanding gameday experience while striving to ensure operational excellence.
ECFC President Rob Jenkins brings a wealth of experience to the organization, having played a critical role in the launching of two of the most successful soccer clubs in Canada, Cavalry FC (CPL) and Foothills FC (USL2).
“We are extremely excited to officially be part of League1 Ontario and to begin on-field preparations for the 2022 season,” said Jenkins. “This League has seen many players go on to professional careers at the next level and represent their country with the Canadian Men’s and Women’s National teams, and we hope to continue that tradition in Peterborough.”
The name Electric City is a reference to the region’s beginnings dating back to the late 1800’s when the rivers provided the electric energy, sparking an industrial revolution and attracted companies like GE and Quaker to the city, forming the foundation of what Peterborough is today. The team colours of yellow and black represent the hard working people of the community while also inspiring growth and ambition for future generations.
“This city is primed for something like this and the support we have received from all corners of the community has been overwhelming,” Jenkins continued. “This region and its people deserve the opportunity to showcase itself to not only the rest of Ontario, but to the rest of Canada and the World, and what better way to do so than through the beautiful game.”
The club is working in partnership with Hybrid Sports on a 74 Acre Sports Complex on the edge of Peterborough where they are building a world class multi-sport training facility, including a full-size indoor pitch and an exclusive ECFC soccer stadium, with brand new grass pitch, that the Club will call home. The full stadium is being built in stages over the next 3 years, with the grass pitch being ready
for the team in the spring along with temporary seating and structures for 2022.
“We are building a professional club in Peterborough with the intention of competing at the highest level of the game in Canada in both the Men’s and Women’s game and everything we do is with that in mind,” Jenkins concludes. “We may be a small market, but we have big ambitions.”
About League1 Ontario
League1 Ontario is the province of Ontario’s pro-am, standards-based, senior league. Founded in 2014, the league began with a ten team men’s division, which has now grown to 22 teams in the men’s Premier Division and includes a separate 15 team women’s Premier Division.
League1 Ontario serves as a stepping stone between the high performance youth level and elite amateur and professional levels of the game. Owned and managed by Canadian Soccer Business and sanctioned by FIFA through the domestic bodies of Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer, League1 Ontario’s primary focus is the showcase and development of Canada’s future stars.
About Electric City Football Club
Electric City Football Club is a professional soccer club with a men’s and women’s program located in Peterborough, Ontario that was established in 2021. The Club will play its inaugural season in League1 Ontario in 2022. For updates and more information go to Electric City FC. Connect with us on social @ElectricCityFC.
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