Lakehill is currently giving consideration to challenging for a spot in LIWSA Div 1 Soccer next season. To assess the viability of this, the club will be holding kickaround sessions on June 4th, 11th and 25th at 8 PM on the Braefoot turf field. All interested players are invited to join these sessions.
News and Announcements
The following 9 players have been confirmed to the Gorge/Lakehill U13 Gold team for the 2019-20 season. This will be a pooled group between Gorge and Lakehill, as we will be combining players to form one U13 Gold team next season. There will be additional assessments in August to finalise the remaining spots.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the soccer mom’s out there! I’m 100% sure that all of them will want to put their feet up and spend a small part of today reading the Lakehill News!
- Fall Registration Open
- Braefoot Family Fun Night
- Braefoot Washroom Use
- Turf Field Rentals/Usage
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Lakehill AGM
- And Finally…
Fall Registration Now Open!
Just what everyone has been waiting for! Registration for the fall/winter program opened earlier this week. We are pleased to be able to say that despite fee increases from our parent bodies we have frozen registration rates for the coming year. And to take full advantage of our largesse, you are going to want to register before June 30th to receive our early bird registration rates! You’ll save $30 per registration if you register early. Parents of players U9 and up are also reminded that late registration fees kick-in after August 21st. The lesson is – REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE MONEY! And as an added incentive, we will also have some cool draw prizes over the next few months – registration will give you a chance to win! Visit the Lakehill PowerUp page, login and start registering.
Know someone who wants to try soccer for the first time? Tell them to come try it at Lakehill! We are always looking for new players to try soccer at every age. And we have a flexible refund policy, so if they don’t like it, there’s really no risk. But we’re sure they will love it! Tell your friends – Lakehill is the best!
Braefoot Family Fun Night
This Tuesday is the annual Braefoot Family Fun night (5:30 to 7:30 PM). The park behind the Braefoot building will have booths, displays, games and food. Come see us at the Lakehill booth to say hi! And of course, when there is an event in the park, parking will be at a premium. If you are coming to Braefoot on Tuesday night, think about finding some alternate transportation. And make sure you bring a few dollars for a burger from the Lion’s club – they make great burgers!
Speaking of Braefoot, at this time of year the park is as busy as it ever is. This includes programming upstairs in the Braefoot building. Please – if you need to use the washrooms, use the ones on the outside of the building. The ones upstairs are reserved for the upstairs tenants, not to mention your presence disturbs the classes taking place. Your attention to this is greatly appreciated!
Turf Field Usage/Rentals
It’s that time of year where everyone wants to be outside…and lots of people want to be on the turf field. That’s great, because it is a community asset, managed by Lakehill Soccer. We LOVE to see our members out on the field enjoying themselves. A few reminders:
- The field cannot be used by for-profit groups without prior authorization of the club (not even individual training sessions);
- Field use is restricted to approved activities (no golf, lacrosse, field hockey, lawn darts, …when in doubt, ask! Soccer is the obvious, easy answer);
- Please, please, please clean up after yourselves! We don’t have any volunteers working during the summer (and even if we did, this is just good manners);
- No food or drink (other than water) on the turf. NO PICNICS (seriously).
If you know someone or a group that wishes to book the turf for their event, the club offers reasonable rates for rentals. Please get them to contact us for further information and availability. All rental revenue goes back into a fund to help with future field maintenance, repairs and replacement.
The club always has loads of extra tasks that need doing. If your teenager needs to fulfill some community service hours, WE CAN HELP! Send them to us and we’ll put them to work making our club, our field and our park a better place. They’ll get the hours they need, all while getting a good feeling about helping our club. Or at the very least, you’ll get the house to yourself for a few hours! Please contact Bruce Stafford, Director of Operations for more information.
Normally at this time of year we would be announcing the Annual General Meeting of the Lakehill Soccer Association. However, due to changes to the Societies Act, we now have more flexibility in scheduling this meeting, so we are taking advantage of this to move it to time of year when more people are around and engaged in our sport (we hope!) The official date will be announced in the coming months, but right now our expectation is that the AGM will be held in late September. In the meantime, if you are interested in being involved in a director’s role with the club, drop us a note.
In my last newsletter I referenced a rant about BC Soccer that was bubbling inside me (thankfully I spared you all). I am pleased to be able to say that this week, I had the opportunity to discuss my issues with Kjeld Brødsgaard, President of BC Soccer. As with most things that prompt rants, the issues are actually quite complex, and the solutions even more so. Kjeld was kind enough to listen to me, and to explain the BC Soccer thinking and positions. Perhaps not surprisingly, once we got into the issues, it became clear that we had far much more in common than not, a mutual understanding of the challenges we collectively face, and a desire to work together towards solutions. So rather than piling on with a rant, I am getting onboard with working on solutions (with BCSA). The moral of this story: you can be part of the solution or part of the problem. When you see the latter, seek to become part of the former - something I am going to take to heart.
The Lakehill/Gorge VIPL team will be holding an assessment for boys born in 2003. Interested players who are unable to attend or have any questions can contact the Lakehill Technical Director. The assessment time and location is:
- Monday, April 29th 6:00-7:30pm at Braefoot turf.
Lakehill is confident of fielding competitive U11 Gold teams for both the boys and girls groups next season, but any final selections will not be made until after the assessments in August - which are tentatively set to be in the week of the 18th-24th, and the exact dates should be confirmed by the beginning of July. The fact that the season does not start for another five months(a significant period of time when you're barely 11 years old) is especially relevant in this decision, and we hope that as many of our players as possible are playing as much soccer as they can between now and August. Any questions can be directed to the Technical Director.
The technical staff would like to thank all the girls who attended the Lakehill U11 Gold assessments last week. The total amount of players that attended the assessments has been deemed too small to adequately confirm a decision on selections for next season.
The technical staff would like to thank the impressively high turnout of boys who attended the Lakehill U11 Gold assessments last week. Due to the significant number of players who attended, and the similarity in overall levels among many of the group, the technical staff has decided that any final selections will not be made until after the assessments in August.