|Full name||Valour Football Club|
|Founded||May 6, 2017|
|Stadium||Investors Group Field|
|Owner||Winnipeg Football Club|
|League||Canadian Premier League|
Valour Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The club will compete in the Canadian Premier League in the inaugural 2019 season and play its home games at Investors Group Field.
On May 6, 2017, Winnipeg was one of two cities accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership when the Canadian Premier League was unanimously approved. It was confirmed that Canadian Football League clubs the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were behind the ownership groups. Wade Miller, CEO of the Winnipeg Football Club, was named as the club's president.
In May 2018, it was reported that the club would be called Valour FC. On June 6, 2018 the club was officially unveiled as the fourth team to join the Canadian Premier League. As well as confirming its place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed its crest, colours and branding. On June 26, the club named Rob Gale as the first head coach and general manager.
The club will play its home games at Investors Group Field, a 33,234-seat Canadian football stadium. The stadium opened in 2013 on the University of Manitoba campus next to University Stadium. The stadium is also used by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the University of Manitoba Bisons football team, and the Winnipeg Rifles.
Crest and colours
The club's identity is heavily linked to the story of Winnipeg's Valour Road, and named to recognize Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland, who all lived on the same street and received the Victoria Cross for acts of bravery during the First World War.
The letter "V" in the centre of the crest emulates a folded medal ribbon and also represents the meeting of the Red River and Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. The right side of the "V" creates a "W" for Winnipeg, and the circle under the "V" is in the shape of the Victoria Cross medal. The wheat at the top of the crest represents Manitoba's agricultural industry.
The official club colours are valour maroon, wheat gold and earth black. They are used to signify the colour of the Victoria Cross ribbon, the wheat fields of the Canadian Prairies, and the soil from which wheat grows.
On August 8, 2018, Valour FC Elite Girls (formerly the Manitoba Blizzard) was founded to give girls in Winnipeg an opportunity to travel to college showcases in the U.S and Canada, while getting educated on the recruiting process. The team will be led by Head Coach Jim Zinko and Manager Trevor Kidd Training begins in the fall, while the Valour FC Elite Girls competition season runs from late November into April.
Valour FC's main supporters group was founded in January 2017 under the name Red River Rising. Since the club was approved by the Canadian Soccer Association in May 2017, the group have tried to grow supporter numbers in Winnipeg. After the club's official unveiling, a second supporters group named Valour FC North was formed by fans in Thompson, Manitoba.
Players and staff
- As of December 14, 2018
- As of July 27, 2018
|General manager||Rob Gale|
|Head coach||Rob Gale|
- As of July 27, 2018
|Rob Gale||England||June 26, 2018 – present||0||0||0||0||—|
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