Mini's Jamboree, Awards Night, Spring Soccer
For all but a precious few, the fall/winter season is over. Congrats to the Lakehill/Gorge U16 Boys VIPL team who have qualified for the Provincial A Cup finals in July and the Lakehill/Gorge U14 Boys Gold team who qualified for the Provincial B Cup finals in Prince George. Congrats also to the U16 Girls Gold and U17/18 Girls Silver who are in their respective District Cup finals in Sooke! And of course, congrats to every player and coach at Lakehill for another great soccer season. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on around Braefoot and around the club though…read on!
- Graham Branton Mini’s Jamboree
- Lakehill Awards Night
- Spring Soccer/EPIC
- World Cups Festival
- Tier 3 (Gold) Assessments
- Pacific FC-Lakehill Night
- BC & Lower Island Soccer Scholarships
- Coach Training for Students
- Soccerworld End of Season Sale
- And Finally…
Graham Branton Mini’s Jamboree
On Saturday March 30th, the mini’s season will conclude with the Annual Graham Branton Mini’s Jamboree. Graham Branton was a longtime Lakehill member, coach and referee who tragically passed away while refereeing a game at Braefoot in 1995. Graham was known for his fairness, judgement and hard work, qualities that we can agree that we would like to see in our children. The Mini’s Jamboree is held annually in his memory, and for those of us who knew Graham, the sounds of joy and laughter that echo through the park every time this event is held are a wonderful and fitting remembrance of him. And in an example of how life really does travel in a circle, this year we are honoured to welcome Graham’s granddaughter Ivy, who is in U5/U6 and will be taking part in the jamboree, cheered on by his daughter Nicole and his widow Gail.
There will be a bouncy castle (10 AM to 1 PM), a soccer shootout (or two!), face painting, a 50:50 draw, pizza and goody bags for the kids, and loads of soccer fun for everyone. The forecast is for sun so plan on coming out and enjoying a fun day at Braefoot to celebrate a great year of soccer!
The Annual Lakehill Awards Night will be held on Sunday, April 14th. Doors open at 6:30, and the ceremony starts at 7:00. All U11 and above teams are invited to attend, as someone from each team will be receiving an award! The Awards ceremony will be held in the gym at St Margaret’s School, 1080 Lucas Ave. In addition to the Team Player award given to one player from every team, there will also be longtime club awards like Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Most Inspirational Player and Team of the Year. And of course, everyone who attends will get a reward at the end of the ceremony! Please come out and help us celebrate another great year for Lakehill Soccer.
It doesn’t have to be over. Really, now that spring is back, shouldn’t we be pushing the kids out the door to the field? It’s more fun to play soccer on warm springtime evenings! So… we have a recreational soccer program for everyone age to 3 to 13. Starting April 16th and running for 9 weeks, this is a great chance to get out and enjoy the sun and have a great time just kicking the ball around. Details and registration are on the Lakehill website. And for those teenagers 14 and up just looking for some casual play, we are happy to recommend USS Spring Soccer at Hampton Park. Recreational soccer for everyone!
For those looking for something a little more our friends at EPIC are running their annual spring academy out of Braefoot. As always, we have negotiated a special 20% discount for Lakehill members:
Lakehill and EPIC programming are based on the same methodology and philosophy so we highly recommend the EPIC Academy. It runs until mid-June and includes academy training sessions as well as opportunities to play games against other academy teams from around the Island. You can read more details on the EPIC website.
World Cups Youth Soccer Festival
It’s a Victoria Easter tradition! The World Cups Festival takes place on April 19th and 20th. This fun event brings together kids of all ages (born 2001 to 2014) from all around the Greater Victoria area for a celebration of soccer. Proceeds from the event help support sports-related charities and soccer teams travelling outside of BC. For more information, and to register, visit the World Cups website.
Tier 3 (Gold) Team Assessments
Speaking of fall (really? It’s barely spring!) we’ve been receiving a few questions about assessments for Gold teams. Mark your calendar now… for mid-August - except for those going into U11(2009 born). And keep an eye on the Lakehill website as we will post official assessment dates closer to the date.
Pacific FC Lakehill Night
There’s a new professional soccer league and they are all ours! The Canadian Premier League starts play this year, and Victoria has it’s very own franchise: Pacific FC. They play their first home game at Westhills Stadium on April 28th, and we would love to help them start their season with a bang. They are partnering with us to make April 28th “Lakehill Night” at Westhills. Team managers will be getting the details about discount tickets sent to them in the next few days – be on the lookout for the email from them. Let’s paint Westhills red and white for the teal and purple!
BC Soccer/Lower Island Soccer Association Scholarships
It’s the time of year where our graduating players start applying for post-secondary education, and of course, that education costs money! BC Soccer has 18 scholarships that have been generously sponsored by various organizations and member associations. The scholarship amounts vary from $1000-$1500. The scholarship application is not specific to any one scholarship, and applicants may be considered for any of the 18 scholarships. The application can be found on the BC Soccer website – no time to wait as applications are due by March 31st!
The Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA) provides four $1000 scholarships annually to selected players who meet the eligibility criteria. A Lakehill player has won one of these scholarships in two of the last three years. The deadline for applications is April 30th. See the form on the Lower Island website for eligibility requirements and further details.
Coach Training for Teens
U14 to U18 players – we need you! Have you ever wanted to try coaching? Or maybe just wondered what it would be like? We would like to give you an opportunity to find out. On Monday April 1st (no joke!), from 5:30-7:00pm we are putting on a special Coach Training session just for teens. Our sport needs more young coaches and there is no better time than now for us to start developing them. There is absolutely no obligation to become a coach after this session, however, anybody that attends and wants to take the next step will be given an opportunity to work with some of Lakehill's younger players next season, or possibly even with an upcoming spring program…for pay!
You'll also be sure to learn something that will help your own play, and for those that need to fulfill volunteer or community service hours, this is a great way to get them while participating in soccer. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for all attendees.
Please RSVP to Technical Director Joshua Hart to indicate your interest in attending (so we make sure we have the right amount of pizza!) Participants do not need to be registered players with Lakehill Soccer, so feel free to bring a friend (make sure to RSVP for them as well). We hope that you will give serious consideration to attending this training session. Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for soccer, as the training will include an interactive session as well.
Soccerworld End of Season Sale
We don’t do a lot of advertising to our members, but this one is a special case. Soccerworld has been great to the club over the years, ensuring that we have the equipment we need on a timely basis, turning around uniforms on tight timelines, and always stepping up and donating to the club’s causes. They are holding their end of season sale next month, and there will be great deals to be had! Plus it gives me another chance to try my image insertion skills…so if this email is wider than your computer screen, you know I am still working on it!