BIFC opens registrations
The Bowen Island Football Club proudly enters into its sixth year as a non profit, community based organization with the aim to encourage people to be active by developing soccer skills and improving abilities through league play and training sessions. What sets the club apart is its tenacity. BIFC constantly strives for improvements. This persistence has paid off as the club now is able to play more league games on island due to the newly expanded grass field. The artificial turf field is booked solid for the year. With membership numbers standing at approximately 130 youth and 100 adults; its team spirit cannot be missed as BIFC branded clothing is worn with distinction by both youth and adults.
Morgan Quarry, Burns Jennings, Kirby Jinnah and David Verlee as a group founded BIFC in 2007 and have skillfully created the framework for both youth to flourish and adults to have fun. The club has naturally progressed into two youth divisions, the development teams and the league teams. The development teams include u6 (five-year-olds), u8 (six and seven-year-olds) and u10 (eight and nine-year-olds) children. These coed groups introduce basic skills through learn and play techniques and games. They prepare children who have never kicked a ball before to learn the skills required to eventually enter into a league team. These teams practice on Sundays and run for two 10 weeks sessions.
There is still room in the u6 and u8 development teams for the upcoming 10 week session from April 7 to June 16. For details and to register visit www.bowenfc.com.
The league teams play games both on island and off and run from September to March. The current season is wrapping up for our leagues and BIFC is proud of all the successes the teams achieved. League teams offered next year for the fall 2013/2014 season are u10 boys and u10 girls, u12 boys and u12 girls and u14 boys.
Registration is now open for the fall season for both divisions. This may feel early but the club needs to properly prepare teams, purchase enough equipment and select coaches and managers. As an incentive, a 20 per cent discount is being offered for both divisions (development and league) to anyone registering before May 16. The official deadline for registration is June 16, after that date there is no guarantee there will be room in any given team.
The adult coed league was devised as a sporting outlet for couples (and singles) to play friendly games of soccer. This league has grown in popularity over the years and has over 100 members. The deadline for the next coed league is March 29. The first game will kick off Wednesday, April 3. The coveted wooden trophy is back up for grabs! Newcomers (especially women) are always welcome.
If you need to polish up your skills and confidence, the club will offer an adult coed training session on Thursday evenings 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning April 4.