Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
May 2015 | Issue #291  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Team BC May Long Weekend Camp opens this Saturday

The 2015 Team BC May Long Weekend Camp opens this Saturday in Richmond, BC.

The camp runs from May 16 to May 18 with on-field sessions taking place at Minoru Park and off-field sessions, including an opportunity for the players to meet and interact with representatives from universities across the country, taking place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Football BC welcomes the following Universities and their representatives to this weekend's camp.

- UBC - Blake Nill

- SFU - Kelly Bates

- University of Saskatchewan - Brian Guebert

- University of Guelph - Kevin MacNeill

- Carleton University - Steve Sumarah

- University of Manitoba - Brian Dobie

- Queen's University - Pat Sheahan

- University of Waterloo - Chris Bertoia

- University of Calgary - Matt Berry

- University of Western Ontario - Tom Flaxman


The camp schedule can be found here.

Football BC, in partnership with the BC Lions, is proud to award six (6) bursaries in the amount of $1,000 each to select players following the 2015 Team BC May Long Weekend Camp. These bursaries will be awarded to the players who demonstrate on- and off-field excellence as well as leadership qualities. The bursaries are contingent on the player playing University football in Canada and will be held in trust by Football BC until after the player's first academic semester at a Canadian University institution when the player can provide proof of academic good-standing as well as participation as an active player on the football team.

There will be two (2) bursaries made available to the U16 players, and four (4) bursaries made available to the U18 players.

For more details, including the list of all players scheduled to attend, click here.


                  

Catching up with Spring Flag Coordinator Doug Pauls

Spring Flag season in the BCCFA is in full swing as we lead up to the two championship events planned for this season.

During Week 3, Football BC had the pleasure of catching up with BCCFA Flag Coordinator Doug Pauls. Click here to see the video. 

May 24 - 
Hugh Boyd Park, Richmond

May 30 -
Townsend Park, Chilliwack

May 31 - 
U19 Championship @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

June 6/7 - 
Provincial Championships @ Capital News Centre, Kelowna


       

Chungh highlights list of BC-boys taken in 2015 CFL Draft

Former Terry Fox Ravens star Sukh Chungh will be joining Team BC alumnus Matthias Goossen on the offensive line of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Bombers made Chungh the second overall pick in the 2015 CFL Draft held on Tuesday, May 12.

Chungh, who played collegiately at the University of Calgary under the tutelage of new UBC head coach Blake Nill, was the first of several players with BC connections taken in the Draft.

REC Lemar Durant, a graduate of Centennial Secondary in Coquitlam who starred with the SFU Clan last season after transferring from the University of Nevada-Reno, was the next BC-boy to go off the board after being taken with the final pick of the second round, 18th overall, by the Calgary Stampeders. Durant was the only player from SFU to be selected in the Draft.

Vancouver College graduate REC Adam Konar, who also played with the Langley Rams before his stint with the University of Calgary, was taken by the Edmonton Eskimos 25th overall in the third round.

Another former Vancouver College superstar, OL Christian Covington, who was ranked the top prospect by CFL Scouting Bureau and was selected just over a week ago in the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, fell as a result of the uncertainty of whether or not he would join the CFL. That wouldn't stop the hometown BC Lions from nabbing the Rice University standout with the 43rd overall pick in the fifth round.

UBC receiver Daniel English, who hails from Mississauga, Ontario, was taken in the sixth round, 52nd overall, by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. English, who played high school football with the New Westminster Hyacks, was the lone T-Bird to be selected in the Draft.

DB Dexter Janke, who played with the Okanagan Sun this past season, was taken in the fifth round, 44th overall, by the Calgary Stampeders.

                     

BC TOUGH Camp wrap-up

Football BC would congratulate all the players who took part over the last month-and-a-half at the BC TOUGH Development Camp.

For a wrap-up of the camps, watch our interview with Coach Jerome Erdman.

Football BC thanks everybody that worked with the 2015 BC TOUGH Camps including Game Ready & the BC Lions. Thank you to coaches Will Loftus, Justin Sorensen, Ryan Lucas, Tim Cronk, Shawn Olson, Nick Kawaza, Jerome Erdman, Leon Lilley, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Josh Johnson, Casey Chin, Cody Husband. Also a special thanks to Muscle MLK, Anjulie Latta, Mike Talic and Zeke Sandhu.

Lui Passaglia - Push for Your Tush walk/run

In 2014, Lui Passaglia - former BC Lion, Canadian Football Hall-of-Famer and Canadian Sports Hall-of-Famer - was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer.

The diagnosis came as a complete shock for legendary CFL kicker.

Fortunately, Lui is now healthy and currently cancer-free and this experience has inspired him to share his story and raise funds to fight this disease.

Lui joined Colon Cancer Canada's Push for Your Tush walk/run and last year, in Vancouver alone, they raised over $50,000.

Lui, a former Notre Dame Juggler and SFU Clan player, is looking for the support of his amateur football family to help with his cause by joining his Push for Your Tush walk/run or by donating.

Lui Passaglia's Push for Your Tush walk/run takes place on:

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Location: Jericho Beach

Registration: 9 a.m.

Walk/Run: 10:15 a.m.

Distances: 1K Toddler Walk, 5K Walk, 10K Run

Fees: Individuals $25 / Family $50
(Family fee includes registration for 2 adults and children under 18 and HST)

*Registration fee waived if you raise $200 or more

For more information and to donate, click here.


 


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations

Nominations are welcomed for the 2016 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 www.bcfootballhalloffame.com 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.


               

Touchdown BC!

Touchdown BC is now in off-season which means monthly shows.

With Ryan Sullivan, Jim Mullin, Andrew Wadden and Alex Carrigan.

Catch up on past episodes here!


        

Dave Battison Pediatric Sports Medicine Symposium




Petition: Engage in discussions to start the #Northern8 football series

The Northern 8 football series is an effort to evolve Canadian College football into a truly national competition, while creating a game of the week on national television. It is an effort to grow amateur football in all parts of Canada.

You can be part of making the long overdue idea of a national conference come true via your endorsement as a fan, player, coach, parent or administrator.

Click here to sign the petition.

To learn more about the proposed Northern 8 football series, see this special edition of Krown Countdown U here.

                   

The Bob Ackles Collection at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

The BC Football Hall of Fame has loaned a number of Bob Ackles' personal items to display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Visit them now to see these rare items up close and personal.

To see what items are there now, click here.



               

2014/15 UBC Camps

UBC Football has announced the following upcoming camps. Please click on each for more details.

UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp
August 8, 2015


                 

Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback-receiver are on in full swing!

Contact Jay at jprepchuk@sd44.ca or visit http://jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Support amateur football in British Columbia and showcase your products and services to a wide-ranging market.

Football BC can tailor a sponsorship package to suit your company's needs.

Sponsorship opportunities include an opportunity to advertise in Football BC's publications such as the Football BC Playbook, Senior Bowl program and Conference program as well as opportunities to attend events such as the Football BC Combine Series and the Team BC May Long Weekend camp.

Get more information here.

       

Gear up with Team BC!

Are you headed to Winnipeg to support Team BC at the Red River Cup tournament, or just want to show off your Team BC pride year round?

Pick up some Team BC gear from our official online store here

                  

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


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 www.grandviewprinting.com to learn more about their services.

       

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

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 www.sandmanhotels.ca 

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.

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 dinogeremia@shaw.ca.

       

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 http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/events today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • UBC Pre-Season Football Fundamentals Camp 
    (August 8, 2015)
  • Game Ready (various dates)



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