Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
September 2015 | Issue #307  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Football BC at the Langley Rams / Okanagan Sun game

Football BC's media crew had a chance to take in the Langley Rams Alumni Bowl game when they hosted the Okanagan Sun on August 30 in a battle of two of the top teams in the BCFC.

The Sun triumphed 52-10 in a game where the score wasn't necessarily indicative of how close the game actually was at one point.

Check out some of our features.

Video: Post-game interview with Sun head coach Shane Beatty

Video: Interview with legendary Rams coach Nick Kawaza 

Photo Gallery


Upcoming NCCP/Safe Contact Clinics

Safe Contact Clinic

September 2 & 3 - Centennial Secondary School, Coquitlam
5 pm to 9 pm (coaches must attend both nights)
Cost: $75

September 12 - William Lucas Centre, North Vancouver 
(W 21st & Hamilton Ave.)
9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $75

To register for all courses, please click here.


VMFL Midget Game of the Week Preview - Comox Valley Raiders @ North Surrey Bears

By Michiko Araki

Monday, September 7  - Bear Creek Park
Kickoff at 2:30 PM (PT)

Labour Day Monday will be the day that the work officially begins for the North Surrey Bears as they begin the process of defending their Midget championship by hosting the Comox Valley Raiders on home turf.

The Bears are expected to be a top contender once again in 2015 and look more than ready to start the season, winning their association's 46th annual Bronze Boot tournament last weekend.

The Raiders went 3-7 during the 2014 regular season and finished with the second fewest points scored in the Midget division. Their lone visit to Bear Creek Park last season was a forgettable one as they were blanked 47-0. With that being said, the Raiders finished last season on a three-game win streak and will look to continue on that positive note.

Even though they will be a major underdog in Week 1, the Raiders will look to show that they won't be an easy team to beat!

Other Midget games this week (all on Sunday, September 6):

Cloverdale Bengals @ White Rock Titans - 
12:30 pm (South Surrey Athletic Park)

Chilliwack Giants @ Victoria Spartans (Westhill Stadium)

BYE: Langley Stampeders, Coquitlam Falcons, Cowichan Timbermen


UBC Thunderbirds @ Calgary Dinos preview

By Michiko Araki

Friday, September 4 - McMahon Stadium, Calgary
Kickoff at 4:30 PM (PT)

After the Blake Nill era started off with a historic 41-16 win over Laval last week, the UBC Thunderbirds hit the road to take on Coach Nill's old program, the Calgary Dinos, in their season opener.

In his UBC debut, quarterback Michael O'Connor completed 18 of 32 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. His touchdown passes were caught by Trivel Pinto and Marshall Cook, who caught their first-ever Canadian Interuniversity Sport touchdowns of their respective careers. On special teams, Marcus Davis showed why he's the reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year by returning a punt 85 yards for a touchdown. The defence was especially crucial in their matchup against Laval, as the Thunderbirds recorded four picks, led by Kevin Wiens who had two including a 30-yard pick six. Other players of note were Terrell Davis and Troy Hansen who led the team with six tackles each.

The Dinos are also coming off of a preseason win, beating the University of Regina Rams by a score of 25-9. The team is led by quarterback Andrew Buckley, who helped the team to a 6-2 record last season and won the 2014 Hec Crighton Trophy, an award that recognizes the nation's top college football player. In last week's game, Buckley saw limited action, throwing six of ten for 90 yards and scoring a 10 yard major of his own, while running back Quentin Chown carried the biggest load for the team with 14 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. On defence, Nathan Mitchell led the team with five tackles while Boston Rowe recorded two tackles for a loss, including the lone sack for the Dinos.

Can the Thunderbirds topple the Dinos, or will the Dinos claw past the Thunderbirds? Tune in this week to find out!


Football BC mourns passing of Vic Spencer

Football BC is saddened to learn of the passing of Vic Spencer last week. Spencer was a former director of the BC Lions and helped cofound the organization.

For a full bio on Spencer, please visit the BC Lions website


Meet Leo

Football BC's newest intern from Gastown Business College is Leo Lee.

Leo, who comes from Korea, will be with Football BC until early October.  Learn about him in his introductory blog


BCFC Bye Week

The BCFC is currently enjoying a bye week. We will return next with a preview of our selected game of the week - the Langley Rams hosting the Kamloops Broncos on Saturday, September 12 at McLeod Stadium.


Upcoming UBC Camps

Vancouver - 6th annual Winter Skills Camp - 
March 5, 2016

Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Age Groups: Junior 12 - 14 / Senior 15 - 17

The camp will consist of 3 practices (2 on-field & 1 classroom) over a 7 hour period, plus a session on UBC academic requirements and tips on how to be recruited. On field skills will be taught and full equipment will be required for these practices. The classroom session will include a breakdown of the film that is taken in the morning sessions and will be highly personalized in terms of feedback.

For full details on all camps, click here


Football Canada bans overbuilt facemasks/faceguards

Football Canada has banned the use of non-traditional/overbuilt facemasks.

Click here for the Football Canada news release.

Click here for Football BC's advisory.


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 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.


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.


Jay Prepchuk QB-Receiver camps

Jay Prepchuk quarterback-receiver are on in full swing!

Contact Jay at or visit 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.


Baron Championship Rings

Baron Championship Rings is the official ring supplier for Football BC. Click here to visit their website.


Gear up with Team BC!

Want to show off your support for Team BC? Pick up some Team BC gear from 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


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:
  • 2015/16 UBC Camps
  • Game Ready (various dates)

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