According to PCU SC’s Director of Operations, Kai Velmer, the PCU/Tropics SC partnership will “provide our players and coaches with increased exposure and more opportunities to experience the next level of soccer.”
At PCU SC, we are a family. So, you asked and we listened. Now, we’ll break it all down!
What does this new partnership mean, exactly?
PCU SC is joining the Florida Tropics SC umbrella as an official youth affiliate but will remain a 501 C3 governed by the elected Board of Directors. What makes this connection unique is that Florida Tropics SC are a pro soccer franchise in the Tampa Bay area, and will provide a pathway to the professional game for aspiring players. Florida Tropics SC currently features a Major Arena Indoor League team, a USL Premier Development League Team, and a Women’s Premier Soccer League team (in partnership with PCU SC). Florida Tropics SC are also in discussion with the USL (United Soccer League) to receive a D3 Pro Soccer expansion team!
What are the main changes that coaches and players can expect?
In addition to increased exposure, scouting opportunities, and training camps, the main components of this partnership are:
- The rebrand of the competitive program (from PCU SC to PCU Tropics)
- New uniforms and kit sponsor (Hummel brand)
- Internet marketing redesign (website, email, social media)
What kind of opportunities could this new partnership mean?
For club/competitive players, the partnership will bring more exposure and playing opportunities. Affiliates from PCU Tropics will work together with Florida Tropics SC to provide college soccer program initiatives such as seminars, online content, and ID Camps. Overall, the affiliation will yield scouting identification opportunities for college and professional soccer. Every registered competitive player will receive a season pass to the Florida Tropics SC Major Arena Indoor League team for the 2018/209 season. Players will also have access to Tropics SC player appearances and clinics. On the coaching side, it will give PCU Tropics coaches closer access to a professional organization, along with the opportunities to interact and learn from the Florida Tropics SC technical staff.
For recreational players, each player will receive a season pass for Florida Tropics SC Major Arena Indoor League team for the 2018/209 season. Recreational players will also have access to clinics and player appearances!
Will the name change?
For the competitive program, the club name will be: PCU Tropics.
For the recreational program, the names and brands remain the same: 1) Azalea Youth Soccer League 2) Pinellas Park SC. Note that recreational player jerseys will feature the Tropics SC logo.
Will the uniforms be different?
In short, yes.
Club colors, uniforms, and shield will be a direct reflection of the Florida Tropics SC professional kits. Although the re-brand is still in the works, here is a mock-up for the brand new PCU Tropics youth club jerseys:
On the recreational side, each player’s jersey will have a Tropics SC logo (jerseys featured above are for the competitive program only).
When will these changes take place?
The process of partnering and re-branding is an ongoing journey, but we expect for them to continue from now through the 2018-2019 youth soccer season(s).
Not many youth soccer programs are able to say that they are a direct affiliate to a pro soccer organization. And we are beyond thrilled to offer coaches and players an elite soccer experience at all ages and levels of the game!