Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
March 2014 | Issue #232  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team Friesen dominates Team Kelly at the 2014 Senior Bowl game

The 2014 Senior Bowl camp is in the books!

The camp culminated with a contest at Langley's McLeod Athletic Park between team Friesen, led by UBC coach Jerry Friesen, and Team Kelly, guided by WJ Mouat head coach Denis Kelly.

In the end, it was Team Friesen that earned bragging rights in the 2014 game earning a hard-fought 24-6 victory in Saturday's showdown.

For a full recap of the game, plus a list of all the major Senior Bowl award winners for the week, click here.

To see photos taken from Senior Bowl week, visit Football BC's Facebook page.


Sign up now for the American International High School Football Classic, Limited spots available, open to all Grade 10, 11 and 12 players

Football BC is proud to take part in this incredible summer football camp and experience. Open to players in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

The camp is first come, first served with limited space per position.

To see position spots still available, click here.

Cost: $3100 USD ($1000 non-refundable deposit required by April 25, 2014. Final payment must be made by May 30, 2014)

*Cost also includes transportation from Surrey, BC to SeaTac and back

Camp dates: July 13 to 20 (Seven nights, eight days)

Confirmed Instructors:

Former NFL and CFL players including: Lonnie Mitchell (WR - Minnesota Vikings), Akili Smith (QB - Green Bay Packers, Calgary Stampeders), Evan Arapostathis (K/P - St. Louis Rams) and Kale Ane (C - Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers).

...and more!

Registration is a two-step process:

1. Register with your desired position here.

2. Once your registration has been reviewed by a Football BC staff member, you will be contacted by email to make your $1,000 USD deposit. Your registration is only considered completed once you have made your deposit.

What the experience is:

This week-long football experience offers players with a chance to receive football instruction from top coaches in the NCAA and NFL, participate in a game against a team comprised of San Diego Division III and younger athletes, tour the San Diego Chargers facility and the San Diego State University facility, and enjoy the best that Southern California has to offer.

What the package includes:
  • Round trip air fare from Seattle to San Diego

  • All ground transportation in Southern California

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Meals

  • Tour admissions to Disneyland (1 park), SeaWorld San Diego., San Diego Zoo and USS Midway

  • Monday through Thursday football camp and instruction at practice field

  • Game versus San Diego Division III and smaller athletes 
    on Friday

  • Fully escorted team sports tour

Anthony Calvillo to speak at Football BC Provincial Conference April 5-6; New speakers added!

Football BC's annual Provincial Conference will take place on April 5-6 at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School.

If you are a coach in this province, it is highly recommended that you attend this event.

The cost to attend remains the same as last year - $90 for an individual or $360 for a group of up to five coaches. Upgrading to get NCCP Introduction to Competition training is also available for an additional $70 per coach.

This year, Football BC is proud to announce Anthony Calvillo will be the keynote speaker at the event. Other confirmed speakers include:
  • Joe Paopao (BC Lions)

  • Shawn Olson (UBC Thunderbirds)

  • Tom Kudaba (Terry Fox Ravens/Team BC)

  • DeChon Burns (Linfield Christian School)

  • Roy Gillespie (Okanagan Sun, trainer)

  • Richard Sweeney (long-time college and high school coach)

  • BC Lions presents "Be more than a bystander"

For more information and to register, click here.


Special hotel deal for Orange Helmet/Football BC Provincial Conference weekend

Football BC has arranged for a special deal at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre during the Orange Helmet/Football BC Conference weekend.

The hotel is located at 180 W. Georgia St. in downtown Vancouver.

The offer is for $99 per night for a two double room.

To make reservations, coaches may phone 1-800-Sandman (726-3626) and mention: "Football BC Conference - Coaches" and reservation number 745984 at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre.

It is imperative to mention the correct reservation number when phoning the hotel.


Anthony Calvillo announced as keynote speaker 2014 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner; Tickets available now

The BC Lions have announced that five-time CFL All-Star and two-time Grey Cup champion Anthony Calvillo will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Orange Helmet Awards Dinner.

Amateur Football rates remain the same as 2013! The amateur football rate is $200 per ticket or $2,000 for a table of 10. The corporate rate is $250 per ticket or $2,500 for a table of 10. Taxes not included.

To purchase tickets, contact Melissa at or call 604-634-1178.

Upcoming SFU Athletics/Football events

SFU Pro Day (April 5) showcasing college football talent for pro scouts. SFU is inviting the best collegiate football players available to attend their Pro Day. SFU's goal is to make this a high quality event that pro scouts will most certainly attend in the search for the best talent in Canada and on the West Coast. For more information, click here.

5th annual SFU Athletics Gathering of the Clan Fundraising Breakfast (May 30) hosted by Brian Williams with keynote speaker Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. All proceeds from this event go to support SFU student athlete scholarships. For more details, click here


2014 Star Bowl games

The annual Star Bowl games featuring the top Community football players in the VMFL will take place Saturday, April 12 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.

The game schedule is as follows.

12 pm - Bantam 9-man (Junior Varsity)
2:30 pm - Bantam 12-man (Junior Varsity)
5 pm - Midget (Varsity plus)

Internet broadcast details will be revealed shortly.

For more information and to see the rosters, click here.


UBC Football Vancouver Island Skills Camp - Pass + Run

This skills camp takes place at John Barsby High School in Nanaimo on May 3 and will focus on developing the fundamentals at each area.

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 6 hour period.

For full information, click here.


North Surrey Minor Football Registration dates

Other key dates:

Registration Dates

Saturday, April 12: 9 am to 3 pm @ Bear Creek Park
Sunday, June 1: 9 am to 2 pm @ Bear Creek Park

Free Football Skills Camp (ages 6 - 15) @ Bear Creek Park
Sunday, June 1: 10 am to 1 pm

Free Cheer Spirit Camp (ages 5 - 18) @ Bear Creek Park
Sunday, June 1: 11 am to 1 pm

GW Graham Grizzlies football team hosting their 3rd annual manure sale; Will also be accepting scrap metal to assist with Football BC's drive

The GW Graham Grizzlies will be holding their 3rd annual manure sale at the school (by the tennis courts) on April 5-6.

$5 per 40 lb bag or $20 for five bags.

The Grizzlies will also be accepting scrap metal on both days in support of Football BC's scrap metal drive. There will be a prize draw for anyone who donates.

Support Team BC with our Football BC - Schnitzer Scrap Metal Drive Fundraiser

Football BC is asking the football community to join us in a fundraiser that will allow our entire football community to help raise money for all six of our Team BC programs as well as enable us to deliver more of our "Play Football" programs in elementary schools.

Supporting our program is easy. Simply deliver any scrap metal you may have to one of the following locations and be sure to mention that you are contributing to the "Football BC Scrap Drive."

Schnitzer Victoria
307 David St.
Victoria, BC - V8T 5C1

Schnitzer Duncan
3015 Boys Rd.
Duncan, BC - V9L 6W4

Schnitzer Cassidy
13271 Trans Canada Hwy.
Cassidy, BC - V9G 1L8

Schnitzer Campbell River
5551 Duncan Bay Rd.
Campbell River, BC - V9H 1N6

Schnitzer Surrey
12195 Musqueam Dr.
Surrey, BC - V3V 3T2

If you would like to volunteer with setting up, monitoring and collecting scrap metal during our Combine Series, please contact Dino Geremia at

Jay Prepchuk Football Camps

Jay Prepchuk's football camps are starting up again in January 2014.

Please see his website at for full details.

Game Ready

A complete athletic development program for athletes from ages 6-18 years old.

Game Ready has programs in several locations across the province making it easier for all players to prepare themselves for Combines and camps next season.

Game Ready offers year-round strength and conditioning, as well as weekly football specific skills camps led by pros that live in our communities!

Programs and Camps start in January 2014.

Champions are BUILT not born! Be prepared, be Game Ready!

For more information, contact Dino Geremia at or 604-816-5157.

MVP/Hyack Football Team Camp

The MVP/Hyack Football Team camp takes place from June 26-28 at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster.

For more information, log on to

The 2014 Russell Wilson Passing Academy

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is bringing the Russell Wilson Passing Academy to Ambleside Park in West Vancouver on Saturday, July 5.

All positions and skills set are welcome, and no prior football experience is required. The camp is for ages 9 to 17 and runs from 9 am to 4 pm.

Camp activities include positional training, team-based drills, film room study, and fundamental training from some of the biggest stars in the NFL.

The cost for the one-day camp is $175. For more information, click here.

Grandview Printing discount for Football BC members

Are you looking for a company to design posters, programs or do all sorts of printing?

Grandview Printing offers a 10% discount to all Football BC members

Visit their website at to learn more about their services.


Football BC and Sandman Hotel partners up to offer great rates for members

This program allows kids to learn basic football skills from Football BC coaches as well as volunteer players from local high schools.

Click here to see the promo video for the program.

For more information or to schedule a session for your school, please contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at 604-816-5157 or

Football BC and Sandman Hotels have partnered up to offer all Football BC members access to discounted rates with Sandman and Sandman Signature hotels across British Columbia.

To access these special rates, follow these directions:

1. Go to 

2. Select your preferred property in BC

3. Under "Access Code" and "Corporate Code" type in "footballbc"

4. Select your preferred dates and enjoy the discounted rates!

The Sandman and Sandman Signature are Canadian owned and operated.



Football BC elementary school skills program

Football BC's elementary school skills program is open to all school aged children and is conducted during regular school hours usually as part of P.E. class.

BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2014

Nominations are welcomed for the 2014 Inductions to the BC Football Hall of Fame.

Categories include: Athlete (both amateur and professional), Builder, Pioneer, Media and Teams (both amateur and professional).

The Hall is looking for worthy candidates from across the province of British Columbia, especially in the amateur categories.

Please visit their website at and click on "Nominations" for more details and the opportunity to put forward the names of your nominees.

Your assistance will enable the BC Football Hall of Fame to continue to celebrate those who have contributed greatly to the sport of football in our province.


Subscribe to Sportsnet Magazine and support Football BC

Football BC and Sportsnet have partnered to offer all Football BC members and supporters an amazing deal.

For just $30 plus tax, you will receive 26 issues of Sportsnet magazine - Canada's only national magazine for Canadian sports fans - with $10 of that going directly to Football BC in support of our developmental programs.

You will also receive FREE access to Sportsnet's Tablet and Digital subscription as part of your purchase.

To subscribe now, please click here.

Football BC Events Calendar Update

Football BC's Event Calendar is your one-stop source for the best upcoming football skills camps and events. Visit today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • Jay Prepchuk Football Camps (various dates)
  • SFU Pro Day Showcasing College Football Talent (April 5)
  • UBC Football Vancouver Island Skills Camp (May 3)
  • SFU Athletics Gathering of the Clan Fundraising Breakfast (May 30)
  • MVP/Hyack Football Team Camp (Jun. 26-28)
  • The 2014 Russell Wilson Passing Academy (July 5)

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