Release Date : 04-Apr-2014 | Name : Bill Predmore - Owner | Category : Football/Soccer
Author : Myak Homberger
Bill Predmore is a successful entrepreneur who has set up a women’s Soccer team in the USA, Seattle Reign Fc. The interesting difference about Bill is
that it’s not about throwing money at the club or about buying the best players, but it’s actually about building a belief, ethos and team.
Bill has spent time at the grassroots of Soccer in the USA and so he understood the issues and challenges along with what was needed when he decided to
start a Women’s Soccer team.
Bill is very clear that he wants to see Seattle Reign Fc becoming one of the best Soccer teams and clubs in the world. It is very easy to say these things,
but as Bill talks more it is very obvious that this isn’t just talk. In everything he says as we talk, he is very clear: “If I was a player I would want
to be part of a club where their obsession was as they woke up to make their women’s team the greatest in the world.”
This theme weaves through our entire conversation. This is a man who is building a team that has a foundation of a good ethos, an unswerving belief in
the team and the future, and in what they want to achieve. The women’s team is their sole focus, so that creating the right environment based on their
values makes the players want to play, and this is what is so exciting. As Bill says, “I want to build something that endures forever and is one of the
world’s best Soccer clubs.”
The interesting thing with Bill is that although he has these aspirations, he is patient and realises that this will take time to build. His focus is
on the Seattle area and fans first. “We have to demonstrate to fans we are worth their time and money,” Bill comments. So yes, he wants to have the best
club in the world, but not at the cost of not recognising their roots and the base support.
This is an incredible view about building a following of loyal fans from source upwards and not losing where you are from. “My feeling was, we can be
the best at creating an environment anywhere in the world for the players. Not something you can replicate with money or infrastructure. It’s a devotion
to creating something,” Bill says as he reflects on what we have spoken about.
What is being built here is a vision, an ethos and a team - and I believe it will deliver a world class team. This won’t happen overnight, but Bill is
patient and in it for the long term. This is the final and most important thing for fans and players to hear: here is an owner with a long term vision
who is completely committed to it.
Good luck to Bill, Laura and the team at Seattle Reign Fc!
Watch this space for more, but for now mark your calendar as something special is happening in Seattle….