President’s Update: December 2017

Hello Bays Members!

December is here and we are winding down the first half of the 2017/18 soccer season. Before we take off our cleats for winter break, I thought it a good time to talk about some of the events and happenings in the club.

Bring It Indoors Tournaments       

Once again, Bays is hosting this fun indoor tournament for players of all ages. The games are fast paced and exciting, and it’s a great way to keep your skills up over the break. The minis tournament (U6-U11) is in full-swing this weekend and registration is at capacity, so there is a lot of great competition! The youth tournament (U12-U18) takes place on December 28-31. Find all of the details here and come out to cheer on the teams. AND… don’t forget to share your photos with

A Hall of Famer in Our Midst

Congratulations to Alex Nelson, a long-standing Bays United member who won the BC Sports Hall of Fame W.A.C. Bennett Award. He is being recognized for his lifelong efforts as a soccer coach and his leadership roles with Indigenous sports.

Alex is a leader within the local First Nations community and a pioneer in championing sport involvement for First Nations youth. A residential school survivor, he has stated that soccer and sport were his saving grace. Knowing how sports made a difference in his life, he wanted to share these lessons with others in his community, which led to coaching and many prestigious leadership roles.

Alex has been a Bays United member for more than 35 years, playing initially with the men’s first division before joining the Alumni team for the remainder of his Masters career, which continues today. Now in his 70’s, Alex Nelson truly exemplifies our motto of Soccer for Life.

Volunteering at Bays

Bays United is a volunteer run organization. Without volunteers we would not have coaches, team managers, division coordinators, equipment organizers, event planners… and the list goes on. To celebrate our volunteers, we’ve started a Volunteer of the Week post on Bays Facebook Page. ‘Like’ us to see who the latest volunteer is to be celebrated with some well-earned recognition and a $25 gift certificate to the Bays United online store. Questions? Email Kim Rogers.

And speaking of volunteers… Bays is currently looking for a person to take on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. This person would announce volunteer opportunities as needs arise, assign volunteers to various roles and connect them with key Bays members. The workload associated with this volunteer role is sporadic, but light overall. It will require someone who is organized and has good communications skills. Interested? Please email

Women in Sport Grant

This year, the BC Soccer Association offered a specialized grant program for organizations that are working to enhance female specific programming within their club. Bays United was a recipient of $1000, which we will be putting towards programming for girls and/or female coach education. Thank you to Hilary Woodward for pulling together the application on Bays behalf.

Bays United Respects Our Neighbours

Recently a message was sent to all members about parking concerns in and around the Oak Bay High School campus. I’d like to reiterate the importance of this message and remind everyone to abide by parking signage at all playing fields and avoid parking in residential areas. If you haven’t already, please take the time to read our Field Usage Guidelines for important information (and maps) about specific field and parking rules.

Dates to Note:

On a final note, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your time with family and friends, get some rest and we’ll see you back on the field in January.

Howard McElderry
President, Bays United FC