Press Release: Canadian International Joins Calgary Foothills FC
Calgary, AB - Calgary Foothills FC is pleased to announce that veteran Canadian International Nik Ledgerwood has agreed to join the club as captain of its Premier Development League (PDL) franchise for the upcoming 2018 season. Ledgerwood will also spend time as a trainer in the Foothills Academy sharing his professional experience and knowledge with Foothills youth players.
Originally from Lethbridge, the move to Calgary brings Ledgerwood even closer to home after making 50 appearances over the past 2 seasons playing for FC Edmonton in the NASL. Prior to his return to Canada in 2016, Ledgerwood spent 13 seasons playing professionally in Germany for clubs such as 1860 Munich, FSV Frankfurt, and Wehen Wiesbaden.
Since 2007, Ledgerwood has been a key part of the Canadian National Men’s side, recently participating in his 50th international match. As a youth Nik also was a regular on the Canadian National Youth Teams making a combined 15 appearances for the U17, U20, and U23 teams.
Ledgerwood decided to join Calgary Foothills FC following the folding of FC Edmonton and as news of the Canadian Premier League launch enticed him to remain in Canada with the hopes of being part of the inaugural CPL season in 2019.
“I am very excited about the CPL, it’s something Canadian kids have not had growing up. To have a professional league across Canada will give the sport exposure and will create an environment for young footballers to further their careers. To be part of that right from the start is why I’m here” Ledgerwood
Ledgerwood’s objective this season is not only to contribute on the field, but also to have an impact as a leader and mentor for the younger players on the Foothills FC squad with their sights set on a return to the PDL Championship.
“Joining Foothills felt right because I knew I was coming into a well organized and successful environment that valued the things I can bring to a team and an organization. I still have many years left as a player but I also want to use my experience to help the next generation of athletes coming through” Ledgerwood
To support that goal, in addition to playing with the Foothills FC PDL side, Nik will also be sharing his knowledge with youth soccer players in Calgary as a member of the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club. He will be working as an Academy Coach where he hopes to inspire the next generation of budding Canadian Internationals.
“Being able to work with youth players in Calgary is very motivating to me. It is where I grew up and where I developed as a youth player and now I am in a position to be able to give back to the community. I am very thankful for this opportunity” Ledgerwood
This signing is a homecoming of sorts for Ledgerwood, Calgary is where his professional soccer journey started. In 2002 Nik played for the Calgary Storm (USL), alongside current Foothills Technical Director and PDL Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. before heading overseas to Germany where he made 249 professional appearances. The Foothills FC Coach and Club Technical Director is very excited to have his former teammate on the FC squad and as part of the Youth Club.
“Nik epitomizes the term ‘professional' in the manner he has conducted his playing career, and I’m probably under selling him when I say that he is an outstanding professional soccer player and an even better person. Having been fortunate to be there at the start of his career with the Calgary Storm, it is of no surprise to see the successes he’s had as a pro and the number of times he’s represented Canada internationally. Nik is by no means here to wind down his playing career, he is here to stay sharp and inspire the next generation of Canadian players, whether it’s playing with our PDL team or through the Academy players that he will help train. With the announcement of the Canadian Premier League scheduled to launch in 2019, Nik wants to be in a position to affect the formation of it in his home country and we are delighted to have him on board.” Tommy Wheeldon Jr
Ledgerwood will be suiting up for Calgary Foothills FC when it kicks off its 2018 PDL season on May 11 at home vs the Victoria Highlanders FC.
Photo credit Canada Soccer.