Celebrating our supporters

In coordination with the SFU Vancouver Open Learning Week, the Vancouver Street Soccer League is hosting an inclusive event to celebrate our existing participants, volunteers and donors!

The night will be all about celebrating the many accomplishments that the Vancouver Street Soccer League has made over the past year, and thank the countless donors and volunteers who allow us to function.

We will celebrate the recent trip to the June Sports Soccer Tournament, held in Alert Bay, BC, with an unveiling of the documentary made during the weekend, showcasing our amazing athletes and volunteers!

There will be a fun games with the chance to go home with prizes!

Free coffee and tea will be offered.

All are welcome!

DATE

Tue, 21 November 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

LOCATION

SFU Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver

515 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

 

Learn more and register here: https://vancouverstreetsoccerleague.eventbrite.ca

Supporter Spotlight: Chris Laxton and the Douglas College Women’s Royals

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Chris Laxton is the the head coach of the Douglas College Royals Women’s Soccer Team. Over the past year he and the team have come to VSSL practices and provided lunch and much appreciated encouragement and coaching to VSSL players.

1. Tell us about the Douglas College Women’s Royals and your work as a coach with them.

I’ve coached the team since 2014. It has been such a rewarding endeavor getting to interact with such outstanding young women over the last three years. I’m very proud of the work and achievements that this program has attained in a short period of time, including our community initiatives like working with VSSL.

2. What do you love most about soccer?

I love sports because of what it can bring to a community. Sports can be everything from an escape from the everyday to a pursuit of excellence. Soccer is a universal sport that brings people and cultures from around the world together like only a handful of things can.

3. Why did you decide to support the VSSL?

As a team, we decided that we wanted to be more present in the community. I asked our leadership group to figure out what that might look like. After that meeting I ran into Dominique Fall, an instructor at Douglas College and a long-time VSSL supporter and we started discussing the League. I thought it was a great fit for us and the players agreed. We have come to a number of practices over the past year and it has been so positive for our group.

4. I heard you made a lot of sandwiches for the last practice, is that true?

Ha ha! Yes, I made just under 100 sandwiches for our visit.

5. Why should others support the VSSL?

Nothing brings people together quite like food and sport. The VSSL does both and supports people who need it the most. Giving to VSSL is simple – show up, play and bring food. Plus, you get the chance to meet and interact with the outstanding people at practices – participants and volunteers!

6. What was your favorite part about practicing with us?

All of the smiles. All of the participants from Douglas and VSSL seemed to enjoy themselves. In an environment where things can be taken too seriously at times, it is nice to get back to the root of what drives people to play – fun!

Get Involved!
We are always looking for new volunteers to help out at events and serve on committees. If you want to get involved, email us here.

Message from the President: 2017 VSSL AGM

 

It has been another successful year for the Vancouver Street Soccer League. We continue to grow our volunteer base and attract new players to our league.

We have created more structure and guidance for practices through our Code of Conduct, to ensure a safe and sportsmanlike atmosphere, and the input and leadership of players is critical,

It’s a thrill to see players gain employment. Patrick has single handedly secured jobs for many of our players on the Whitecaps Ops crew and Sizwe has secured new job in the textile industry, which is a step towards his dream of becoming a fashion designer.

This summer, we had great experiences thanks to our fantastic supporters – the Southsiders annual tournament, with fantastic lunch; a number of visits from our friends at Douglas College both men’s and women’s team and also the support of the UBC Thunderbird Women.

We are grateful for the support of Vancity, Southsiders, Emily Carr, Whitecaps, Mathisen Family Foundation, UBC Med Students, and many individual donors. We thank our in-kind donors for equipment and prizes, VOLO, Avitare, Farpost, SoccerWest, Whitecaps. Fairware and Denman Island Chocolate.

The League now has committed volunteers for Soccer Operations, Communications and Sponsorship. A big shout out to Nicola at Covenant House, who has inspired a new group of young women to come out and play and our new coach, Jon Hannan, for all his efforts with the team at Sunday and Thursday practices. Keep up the great work.

Some Board members stepping down; we’re grateful for their time and service. Dan Coles, Kurt Heinrich, Tony Hadju, Allison Stockdale and Chantal Norrgard. Again, we’d like to give huge thanks to Steve McMinn for his dedicated role in our organization.

We look forward to another year of growing together and hope you’ll join us.

Sincerely,

 Sarah White,
President, October 10, 2017

Thank you for sending us to June Sports!

On June 15th at 6am, 25 sleepy but eager players and volunteers met at Covenant House and loaded into vans packed with home cooked meals funded by Together Is Better, samosas from a tiny bakery on Fraser street and rented camping gear to make the eight-hour journey from Vancouver to Alert Bay.

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During the next four days we camped, cooked and experienced the rich indigenous cultural events including the Salmon Prince and Princess competition in the community’s Big House, an amazing feast of local food and the community parade. We also got to know one another better as a street soccer family enriched by the the presence of Rik and Veronica Mountain’s children (all aspiring soccer players).

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Coached by Amy Cornish and Justine Do, our men’s team played beautifully and won their first game in June Sports history! The highlights of the game were an amazing bicycle kick by Rik that nearly went into the net and the winning goal by Dennis Munroe.

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We were also incredibly proud of our women players who played on the Twin Arrows and Young and the Rest of Us teams. The men came to their games and enthusiastically cheered them on.

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None of these incredible experiences could have happened without the support of generous donors. Thank you to the organizations who donated to us (including Emily Carr University, LUSH Cosmetics, Vancity Credit Union, the Vancouver Southsiders and  Fairware) as well as our many fantastic individual donors.

Patrick Oleman Awarded the YMCA Power of Peace Award

On November 17, 2016, the YMCA awarded  Patrick “Shoosh” Oleman a Power of Peace medal.

The Power of Peace Awards highlight those who are working hard to make positive change and recognize those who are making a tangible difference in communities across Canada.

Patrick was recognized for his work as the founder of the 2010 Homeless World Cup Team Canada soccer team and captain of Woodwards FC street soccer team.

As veteran VSSL player, Patrick is mentor and role model for new players, leading by example with his positive attitude and his love of the game. He has also helped many of his fellow players find jobs and forged a key partnership between the VSSL and the Whitecaps FC as member of the team’s Operations crew.

Congratulations Patrick! You’re an inspiration to us all.

Kickin’ it with the Vancouver Police Department

Monday, April 18 was a gorgeous day for soccer. That afternoon players and volunteers with the Vancouver Street Soccer league met up with Vancouver police officers at Trillium for a fun kick around tournament. The teams were joined by City Councillor (and goalie extraordinaire) Andrea Reimer as well as Mayor Gregor Robertson.

At the end of the games, the VPD treated everyone to foot-long subway sandwiches. Thanks to VSSL photographer Theo Terry for snapping some great pictures.

City of Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Award 2015!

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The VSSL is delighted to have been awarded the City of Vancouver Diversity and Inclusion Award for 2015. The award was delivered personally by Mayor Gregor Robertson to VSSL director Steve McMinn at an awards ceremony at the Orpheum on July 6. It’s been a wonderful year for us, and this is a great recognition of our efforts. Huge thanks to all our players and volunteers for making us the fantastic organisation that we are.

 

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