Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2014 | Issue #255  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

GSL North Shore Football 60th Anniversary BBQ - September 7


Help build a better Canadian game

Football Canada is reviewing the current competition of amateur football in Canada and is seeking your feedback.

How can you help?

During the 2014 football season, Football Canada will be asking for feedback in the form of surveys as well as emails. Feedback is essential from the football community at-large (athletes, coaches, officials, parents, administrators, trainers, etc.) in an effort to grow and support this great game from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Have your voice heard in the process by completing Football Canada's surveys here. Please select the surveys that match the age group and gender of athletes you are involved with.

Click here to access the surveys.


Save the date: BC Lions host Salute to Amateur Football night on October 11 at Ottawa Redblacks

The BC Lions will be paying tribute to amateur football in their annual Salute to Amateur Football night on Saturday, October 11 when they host the expansion Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place.

The half-time show will feature community football players from across the province taking over the turf and playing mini-game in front of a packed house.

The BC Football Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2014 will also be honoured on this night.

Come watch the BC Lions battle for a playoff spot and celebrate amateur football all at once. Kickoff is 7 pm. For tickets, click here.


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.


Volunteer Opportunity: CiTR 101.9 FM UBC Football Analyst

CiTR 101.9 FM has an exciting volunteer opportunity for a live broadcast commentator at this season's Canada West Conference varsity football games in Vancouver, simulcast on video streaming.

You must be available to work all four UBC Thunderbirds home games this season all taking place on Saturday afternoons: September 13 (Calgary), September 27 (Alberta), October 18 (Regina), and November 1 (Saskatchewan).

For more information on how to apply, click here.


Grey Cup tickets going fast!

Have you bought your tickets to the biggest game of the year yet? Don't miss out!

Grey Cup tickets are still available but they are going fast! Get yours at now.


NFL on Campus coming to UBC

NFL Canada is bringing the NFL on Campus to Vancouver!

The NFL on Campus will land on the Point Grey campus of UBC on Saturday, September 13 when the Thunderbirds host their homecoming game against the University of Calgary Dinos.

NFL on Campus is designed to help Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Football programs generate excitement for football on campus.

During the week leading up to games, students at participating campuses have an opportunity to win prizes, play NFL Plinko, try out the latest Madden NFL game from EA Sports, and participate in programs including NFL on Campus flag football leagues, tournaments and skills competitions (Punt Pass Kick).

The NFL on Campus Game Day experience includes a Combine zone (comparing vertical and long jump results with those of NFL stars), Quarterback challenge, Bungee Run, Tailgate Bean-Bag toss and authentic Lambeau Leap photo opportunity.


SFU Homecoming - 
September 13


Kim's Kickoff archive

Intern Hayley's time with Football BC has come to an end but you can still read her archived blog.

Look back on her postings which include interviews with Team BC trainers Darren Corea and Sunny Virk, Team BC equipment manager Dave Henderson and former BC Lion Angus Reid.

Visit to read her archived posts!


BC High School Football game of the week preview - St. Thomas More Knights at Notre Dame Jugglers

Friday, September 5
Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex West
Kickoff at 7:30 pm PT
Watch online at www.SportsCanada.TV 

It may only be the exhibition season but both the St. Thomas More Knights and the Notre Dame Jugglers will be trying to make a statement this Friday.

The Knights, ranked second in The Province's pre-season rankings, want to show they are a legitimate contender to the throne that has been occupied for the last three years by the Mt. Douglas Rams. The Jugglers, meanwhile, are coming off a rough 2013 campaign and just wanted to be included in the same conversation as the rest of those upper echelon teams. A win over the Knights, even of the exhibition variety, could go a long way for the Jugglers.

The Knights and Jugglers met once last season in exhibition play with St. Thomas More coming away with a 28-7 victory.


SFU vs Menlo College preview

By Michiko Araki

Saturday, September 6
Swangard Stadium
Kickoff at 12 pm PT
Watch online at 

Under the tutelage of new head coach Jacques Chapdelaine, a former Offensive Coordinator for the BC Lions, all eyes will be on the SFU Clan as they look to win their non-conference home opener at Swangard Stadium, their new home field this season.

The Clan boasts an impressive returning roster of players, especially among their receiving core. With three players who have been named to a GNAC All-Conference team recently in their SFU Football careers, this group is sure to make an impact. This group includes Lemar Durant, an All-American who was forced to miss last season due to injury, Jamal Kett, former GNAC Freshman of the Year, and Bobby Pospischil, who led the team in receiving last year.

With a new coaching staff and key returning players, including GNAC All-Conference second team running back Chris Tolbert, the Clan will look to improve on their 3-7 record from last season.

Their opponents, the Menlo College Oaks, posted a 5-5 record in their 2013 season in the NAIA and are looking to get their 2014 campaign started on a positive note as well. 


UBC at Regina preview

By Michiko Araki

Friday, September 5
University of Regina
Kickoff at 6 pm PT
Watch online at 

The UBC Thunderbirds will open their 2014 Canada West regular season on the road against the University of Regina Rams.

Fresh off of their August training camp, the Thunderbirds will look to capture their first win of regular season play and improve on last year's 4-4 regular season record and first round playoff loss to Calgary, the Vanier Cup finalists. The Thunderbirds will have 19 of 24 players returning from last season, including three CIS All-Canadians: Jas Dhillon, Donovan Dale, and Quinn van Gylswyk.

The Rams, coming off of a tough 2-6 season, have nine returning offensive and eight returning defensive starters.

Both teams are looking to start their seasons off with a convincing win in order to capture a spot at the 50th Vanier Cup, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship, taking place in Montreal this year. 


BCFC Week 7 preview

The BCFC schedule gets back into full swing in with a tripleheader this Saturday, September 6.

The game of the week takes place at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna when the Okanagan Sun (4-1) host the Langley Rams (4-1) in a battle for top spot in the league. This is the second of three meetings between the two clubs that have emerged as the powerhouse teams in the league. The Rams were 33-20 winners at McLeod Stadium back in Week 2.

The Rams bounced back from their first loss of the season two weeks ago in a 70-24 romp over the Kamloops Broncos last week. The Okanagan Sun bring a three-game win streak into this contest.

Other games this week:

Valley Huskers (0-5) @ VI Raiders (2-3) – 3pm, Caledonia Park

Kamloops Broncos (3-2) @ Westshore Rebels (2-3) – 3 pm, Westhills Stadium


Grey Cup Volunteers

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is jam-packed with fun and they need volunteers throughout the week. Volunteers must commit to 18 hours - three six-hour shifts. There are lots of positions available, from festival events to hospitality to transportations and more.

All Event Hosts will receive a 102nd Grey Cup Festival uniform and access to the wrap-up Championship TV viewing party. Volunteers will also be fed and showered with thanks for helping make this event come to life.

To sign up, visit and request your 102nd Grey Cup Festival volunteer position.


Touchdown BC Summer Episode available now!

Touchdown BC second and final episode of summer is now available.

In this month's episode, we chat with BCFC insider Dom Abassi as we look towards the start of their season. We also go one-on-one with new UBC Thunderbirds Football General Manager Justin McIntyre, and check-in with a T-Bird and Hec Crighton Trophy winner Billy Greene, who now finds himself plying his trade in Sweden.

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

Click here to see the summer episode.

Shaw TV airtimes:

Wednesday 7 pm

Thursday 6 am

Friday 3:30 pm & 11:30 pm

Also available on demand on YouTube.

Additional airtimes for BC Interior (Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Penticton, Kamloops, Merritt, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John)

Wednesday & Thursday 6:30 pm

Friday & Saturday 11:30 pm

Sunday 7:30 am


SFU Mini-Game Program

SFU Football will welcome local youth football teams to play a mini-game game at half-time of their home games this season.

Interested teams can still sign up for an available spot by contacting Nick Sirski ( or Doug Pauls (

All of SFU's home games will be held at Swangard Stadium in 2014.

Current schedule:
September 6 vs Menlo (12 pm) - Notre Dame Jugglers vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish Grade 8

September 13 vs WOU (1 pm) - Coquitlam Raiders vs South Delta Rams Junior Bantam

October 18 vs SDM (1 pm ) - Royal City Hyacks vs North Surrey Eagles Junior Bantam

November 1 vs HSU (1 pm) - GSL vs Westside Warriors Atom Flag

November 8 vs APU (1 pm) - Date available

November 15 vs CWU (1 pm) - Date available


Concussion Policy Update

Football BC has updated its concussion policy for the 2014 season.

To see the changes as well as well as for more information on concussions, please visit our revamped Concussion Resources page.

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 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 

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


BC Football Hall of Fame seeking nominations for the Class of 2015

Nominations are welcomed for the 2015 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:
  • 2014 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • Game Ready (various dates)
  • SFU Clan 2014 Home Schedule
  • UBC Thunderbirds 2014 Home Schedule
  • GSL North Shore Football 60th Anniversary BBQ

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