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OUR CLUB'S HISTORY

...A CLUB COMMITTED TO SOCCER AND ITS COMMUNITY...
Old soccer players may slow down, but they can still can keep it up for 90 minutes!!


Story told by Donny

FOUNDED IN "1977"
The Juan de Fuca Football Club was founded from the centre of a football (soccer) pitch in the month of July in the year of our Lord 1977. The foundation of the club was set in the enactment of the first duly elected executives. With beer-in-hand, each elected official took office.

FIRST ACT AS EXECUTIVES
Their first act as the new executive was the passing of conspiring to choose an official club logo that would depict the club's "true self" and be an example that the club could follow and look up to in the years to come. It was there and then that "ANDY CAPP" would become our symbol of hope and aspiration. Their second act was the official acceptance of maroon and white as being the clubs offical colours (in 2004 the Constitution was to be amended to include black).

From that day of the club's creation, there are a few founding members still playing football or are still actively involved. Our club today has an age range of 40-67 years of age. The club has an annual playing membership of 42 players and approximately 22 active social members (with approximately 52 past members). The club fore fathers and members laid the foundation that is still upheld today.

"WE ARE A FOOTBALL CLUB FIRST AND THEN A SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY MINDED CLUB SECOND". This is the reason for our club's longevity and it will remain so far into the future.

LOVE OF THE GAME
When the club was founded last century, most of the players were in their 30's. Most had played youth football (soccer) and migrated up through the adult leagues and had essentially retired. Even though still in their 30's, they all still had (and still have) a desire to play football. Most took up coaching and managing youth teams. Yet because of the love of the game, they all wanted to keep playing. "You don't want to just watch, you want to play." So the club was formed in 1976. The first coach of the club was 'Dick Darley'. Dick was very instrumental in youth football within the West Shore Community. Today there is a commemorative plaque displayed in Dick Darley's memory at the entrance to the Juan de Fuca football playing fields. Some time in your passing, maybe stop by, give it a read, and maybe even talk to Dick himself (he's a little hard to get to talk but he's a very good listerner).

ANNUAL SOCIAL EVENTS
Throughout the year the club holds various functions (trips, picnics, hikes, social gatherings, parties, etc.). The largest function is our annual Invitational Labour Day Football Tournament that was first held in 1992 with 16, Over 40's Mens teams from within the Pacific Northwest. Due to its popularity as one of the best tournament and facilities in the area, within a few short years it has expanded to 28 teams. The last couple of years we have seen our club become a "MULTI-SPORT TALENTED CLUB". Our club takes part in may other sports activities (ie.: golfING, fishing, hiking, archery, tennis, and even lawn bowling).

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Each year our club sponsors and voluteers to help in many activities throughout the community. A large portion of our total club's annual income goes back into our community. No other club in Victoria can boast that accomplishment.
Our club financially sponsors on an annual basis:
  1. Two juvenile soccer teams (approx. $300.00)
  2. West Shore Youth Community Xmas Fund (approx. $500.00)
  3. Paul Valentine Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (approx. $1,200.00)
  4. Gerrie Diesner Memorial Juan de Fuca Masters Football Club Soccer Sports Scholarship ($250.00)
    This scholarship was created from funds donated to the Juan de Juca Masters Football Club by Eddie Diesner in memory of his wife "Gerrie Diesner". The scholarship is to be presented annually by the Juan de Juca Masters Football Club to a Belmont student nominated by his or her coach who has displayed sportsmanship, leadership and a love for soccer.
  5. Through our own club's 50-50 draw (generating approximately $900.00 to $1000.00 annually), each Christmas we purchase from the proceeds a number of bicycles, helmets, and locks (packages) for needy childen around Greater Victoria. This amount collected has grown to the purchasing of up to 8 - 10 packages over the past few year (with a great help from our local Canadian Tire Store at Admirals Walk Mall).
We volunteer our talents, time, and assistance also towards:
  1. Paul Valentine Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  2. West Shore Community Art Festival
  3. Veterans Day Ceremonies
  4. Victoria Garden Festival

THE FUTURE and BEYOND
The club stives to maintain and build upon itself into one of Victoria's most desireable and finest clubs. One day our dreams will come true when we can put forth plans on building our own clubhouse and facilities.

"HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE YOUR MARK IN HISTORY AND LEAVE A LEGACY?
JUST SPONSOR THE BUILDING OF OUR ICON & CLUBHOUSE AND WE WILL NAME THE FACILITIES IN YOUR HONOUR TO BE PRESEVED IN PERPETUITY.


SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND CLASSICS SOCCER ASSOCIATION (S.V.I.C.S.A.)
The club originally played in an Over 30's Men's Competitive Soccer League. But as players aged, and more teams were being created throughout the region, the Victoria Masters Soccer League was formed. From this new league, they formed an Over 35's division, then progressed to an Over 40's division, and today there is now an Over 50's division. Due to the expansion and growth of the number of adult soccer clubs, the league was redesigned and an executive was formed. Along with this formation came a name change to the present SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND CLASSICS SOCCER ASSOCIATION (S.V.I.C.S.A.). Our CLUB presently has two teams with one in each of the Over40's and Over50's divisions. We also play under some modified rules. For example there is "UNLIMITED SUBSTITUTIONS", and "NO SLIDE TACKLING" is permitted.



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