Burnaby Girls Players, Families and Coaches,
Well, the first couple of weeks of the new season are behind us and, at this time, I would like to welcome back all of our returning players, coaches and many fans. I would also like to add a special welcome to all of our new families. We strive to make this your club and look forward to hearing from you.
It has been a fairly busy off season with several things happening, both in the background and front and centre. One of the biggest was Canada hosting the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup with the championship game held here, at BC Place. We received so many media requests that we lost count. Everything from FIFA TV to Japanese Television to interview requests from the local papers, such as The Province, Burnaby Now and Burnaby Newsleader. Their most popular request was to see where BGSC alumni Christine Sinclair went to school and played her youth soccer.
We also had a couple of other high profile events, tied to the World Cup. We were asked to supply player escorts for the June 21st Japan versus Netherlands game and were able to send 20 young players to escort the players from those countries. Quite a thrill for those young players. We also entered a lottery sponsored by Mondelez with a chance to win $5000. As part of our entry, we said that we would allocate those funds to assisting Burnaby youth who were having difficulty paying the fees for sports. We, with your help, successfully won that $5000 and have pledged to donate a major portion to KidSport in Burnaby and to Burnaby Moresports. Burnaby Moresports works with children at inner city schools by offering them the opportunity to participate in after school sports. In addition to the financial donation, we will also be passing on a number of gently used balls and and some of our old Tim Hortons uniforms.
Over the summer, one of our teams, the U16 Intensity, represented our club and district at the Provincial B Cup finals in Penticton. We were also pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Bull as our new Technical Director. Kim and her staff have already created a number of successful and popular technical programs. These programs are academy based and there is something for all ages and skill levels. Please try to take advantage of these. Complete details are available on our website.
We, also, ordered and have taken delivery of new uniforms for all of our divisional teams. While the socks and shorts are an Adidas stock item, the jerseys are a custom piece and can't be found on the back of any other team or club. They also include a simple but distinct Est. 1991 date on the back, just below the collar, reflecting the heritage of our club as well as the KidSport logo on the sleeve to reflect our support of the work this organization does.
In closing, please remember our November 11, Remembrance Day Tournament, to be held on November 11, at Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex. In case you didn't know, our tournament is the largest one day sports event that is held in the City of Burnaby. We host some 80 teams with over 1100 players plus their coaches, families and other spectators. As of this writing, we are already pushing 40 teams and have no doubt that we will sell out. The tournament is open to all teams from U8 to U18. Even if you don't enter a team, stop by for a look.. We can always use an extra pair, or two, of hands, especially for morning setup or evening take down.
Good luck and a successful season to all of our teams and please be sure to thank your coaches and managers. They put in more time than you can imagine.
President-Burnaby Girls Soccer Club