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Inaugural Burnaby Remembrance Day soccer tourney to raise funds for women, kids

Burnaby FC, fresh off winning two U17 national titles, is inviting local girls clubs for a day of footy, food and appreciation.
Burnaby FC is hosting a girls-only tournament over the Remembrance Day weekend to help raise funds for the Dixon Society and KidSport Burnaby. | Burnaby FC

An upcoming soccer event in Burnaby is set to bring the community together to help local families while honouring Canadian heroes.

Burnaby Football Club (FC) is set to host its first-ever Remembrance Day Tournament on Monday, Nov. 13 — B.C.'s statutory holiday as Nov. 11 falls on a Saturday this year.

In a release sent to the NOW, spokesperson Heather Moffat explained a portion of the proceeds from the day-long initiative, earmarked for more than 100 girls teams to participate, will go towards the Dixon Society and KidSport Burnaby.

Dixon Society is a transition non-profit that provides shelter and guidance for women and children fleeing domestic violence, while KidSport help children 18 years and younger get into local sports.

"This fun one-day event encourages teams to bring their own food and tents to the venue in a return to the tent alley which was a feature of this tournament under Burnaby Girls SC," Burnaby FC's statement reads.

"The tournament will also include several other activities including team shootouts as well as goody bags and an on-site DJ."

The event is taking place a month after Burnaby FC made program history, winning the U17 girls and boys national club championships in its first season.

Both squads went undefeated to hoist the trophies of their respective tournaments in Moncton, N.B., over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Burnaby FC was created earlier this year, merging five local associations for a better sense of community and development programming for up-and-coming athletes.

This included Mountain United FC, Cliff Avenue United FC, Wesburn Football Club, Burnaby Girls Soccer and Burnaby District Metro Teams.

Burnaby FC's Remembrance Day Tournament is open to all female teams ages U8 to U18. It's set to feature small-sided games throughout the day, according to Moffat.

This includes:

  • U8-U9 = Five-on-five format
  • U10-U13 = Six-on-six format
  • U14-U18 = Eight-on-eight format

The friendly footy event will take place at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex — located at 3677 Kensington Ave. — on Nov. 13.

For more information, you can visit Burnaby FC's website.

Pro-D Day camps

Burnaby FC will also host a Pro-D Day camp for kids and youth later this month.

On Nov. 24, at the Burnaby North Secondary fields, interested players are set to participate in activities to improve their skills.

This includes training in the morning and a mini-World Cup tournament in the afternoon.

The camp takes place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages U8 to U13 (2016-2011).

You can also visit Burnaby FC's website for registration and more information.