The Bowen Island Football Club would like acknowledge our gratitude toward two community organizations for their recent donations to the Club.
The Bowen Island Firefighters donated $1500 which will be allocated directly to our Youth Programs with the primary focus of paying for tournament fees. This will deter the burden of payment from parents and allow our youth to play teams from all over BC.
The Knick Knack Nook designated BIFC the recipients of their monthly auction for August and September and over $800 was raised! This money will go toward our Bursary Fund. BIFC believes all kids should have the opportunity to play. On average, the club gives out two bursaries per year to cover the cost of registration fees for any of our programs to a child that would otherwise not be able to play due to financial restraints.
Currently there are 108 kids playing soccer in either our Youth League or in our Development programs this fall. We also have an Adult Co-Ed League with 68 hardy players this fall and 100 fair weather players this past spring. That’s roughly 10% of our island that participates in our programs. To make this all happen we have over 40 volunteers between Coaches, Managers, Captains and Board of Directors with one paid part-time Club Coordinator.
On any given weekend between September and February, you may see a stream of uniformed kids along with their parents coming off the ferry, hiking up the hill to the turf field to play against our teams. To make the trip over as easy as possible, our team managers send out an email to each opposing team welcoming them to Bowen Island. Giving them the lowdown and how to’s about ferry travel, advising them that we provide tents and benches whereas, our teams are required to bring these items with them when they play on the mainland. They also provide links to local restaurants, shopping an
Bowen Tourism to encourage them to stay and enjoy all that we have to offer. Please welcome them as we do and hopefully this is a little boost for our local businesses during a normally slow tourism period.