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Posted 6/21/2020 Ref # 514

Safe Soccer Program

Safe Soccer Program is now FULL. Our next sessions will be in September!
 
Posted 6/10/2020 Ref # 511

Return to Play Guidelines

Return to Play Albion FC Policy

Last Update: June 8, 2020


As we return to our new normal, the Albion FC Executive has adopted this policy as part of our Return to Play program. Safety is our primary concern for all participants. Please ensure you are familiar with this policy.


BEFORE YOU COME TO THE FIELD


  • If the player / coach / parent or caregiver is not feeling well, they are not to attend their scheduled session until they feel better.

    • The parent(s) of the player or the coach are required to notify Albion FC Health and Safety Officer of the player's illness so it can be noted. Please email registrar@albionfc.ca with the details.

    • Albion FC may require a doctor's note before the player can return to play.

  • Be aware of your scheduled start time and ensure you arrive at the field at your designated time. Do not arrive too early to avoid a large number of people at the field. Late arrivals may not be permitted to participate.


AT THE FIELD

  • Our preference is for parents / guardians to drop their child off but if they must stay only one (1) parent is allowed in the park / field. Social distancing is required by all coaches, players, spectators and volunteers.

  • Albion FC reserves the right to limit the number of spectators at the facility to meet compliance with any public health order.

  • All staff coaches will be required to wear a mask. Masks for all players are encouraged but not mandatory (parent’s discretion).

  • Contact tracing requirements:

    • All players will be required to answer questions relating to their health each time they come to the field. It is imperative that sick children not participate and stay home

    • Please ensure you have a container with you to store all hygienic materials such as face masks, water bottles and mouthguards if applicable.



ON THE FIELD

  • Be aware of designated access points for entering / exiting the field area and use as directed.

  • Parents / Guardians are not allowed on the playing surface at all, unless called on in the event of player injury. The only exception will be any programs that require parent participation (U4/U5).

  • Players are not to touch the equipment.

  • Players are not to swap equipment.

  • Players / Coaches must sanitize their hands entering the field and leaving the field.

  • No physical contact between players / coaches is permitted i.e handshakes, high fives.

  • Players / Coaches must bring their own water bottle that is clearly marked. There is absolutely no sharing.

  • There are to be no shared snacks.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS


  • Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in the player being removed from the program.

  • This is a living document that may be amended at any time to ensure Albion FC is compliant with the latest health and safety requirements as it pertains to COVID-19 and any other medical issues. These documents may be updated and reported without notice. It is incumbent on the members of Albion FC to ensure they are aware of the latest policies.


IMPORTANT LINKS


Fraser Health COVID-19 Information

https://www.fraserhealth.ca/covid19#.XuGdv2pKhes


viaSport BC Return to Sport https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/ReturntoSportGuidelines.pdf


The Recreation & Parks Sector Guideline for Restarting Operations https://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/covidguideline


BC Restart Plan https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/gdx/bcs_restart_plan_web.pdf?bcgovtm=20200526_GCPE_AM_COVID_6__ADW_BCGOV_EN_BC__TEXT


Maple Ridge’s Response to COVID-19 | www.mapleridge.ca/2048




APPENDIX A
Maple Ridge Return to Play


Hello,

 

The Province of BC asked viaSport BC, to work with the sport sector in developing a plan on how amateur sport can safely return to activity.  viaSport BC completed this work, received sign off from the Province and has released the official Return to Sport Guidelines which will a) help LSOs navigate how to safely restart activities and b) guide municipalities (in conjunction with the BC Restart Plan) in their evaluation of rec facilities.

 

The City’s evaluation of rec facilities includes determining which facilities can be safely reopened and what new safety measures must be in place prior to reopening. We are also working on necessary adjustments to policies on allocation, facility use and access.

 

We look forward to having organized and recreational sports return to their activities in the near future and appreciate your patience as we complete this work. Your safety is our priority!

 

COVID-19 Safety Plan Process

 

STEP ONE           

Provincial Sport Organization develops COVID-19 Safety Plan with board approval.  Will be available here: https://www.viasport.ca/sport-specific-guidelines

STEP TWO          

Local Sport Organization develops COVID-19 Safety Plan with board approval.

STEP THREE        

LSO submits their COVID19 Safety Plan to facilitybookings@mapleridge.ca  

STEP FOUR         

City will provide a Facility Safety Plan including COVID19 related policies and procedures with a Rental Agreement Addendum for LSO sign-off.

STEP FIVE           

City will work through allocation process with Sport Users based on reopening timelines (TBA).


 
Posted 3/14/2020 Ref # 509

COVID-19 UPDATE

In light of growing national concerns about the COVID-19 virus BC Soccer is directing all members and affiliated clubs to suspend all sanctioned soccer activities in the province effective immediately until further notice. This includes, and not limited to, all tournaments, assessments,spring season, practices, games, coach and referee education and any team building activities. We ask teams to also refrain from participating in season end wind up activities until further notice. The safety and wellness of our participants, parents, volunteers and all other community members is AFC's top priority. Please see BC Soccer update here https://bcsoccer.net/news/post/bc-soccer-suspends-sanctioned-soccer-activity-regarding-concerns-over-the-spread-of-covid-19. We understand the uncertainty behind this unprecedented situation and we are keeping a close eye on all developments and mandates from BC Soccer and the Health Minister. This is a good time to get connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for quick updates. Membership will also be emailed any updates. Thank you all for your cooperation. If you've emailed us please be patient we are busier than usual!
 
Posted 3/6/2020 Ref # 508

Congratulations to the U15G on their win!


 
Posted 3/4/2020 Ref # 507

Albion FC Gifts Make it to West Africa!

Albion FC Gifts Make it to West Africa
When the leadership team of Maple Ridge' s local soccer team, Albion FC was approached for items to give to kids in Ghana, there was no hesitation.

The Tahid family was going back home to visit family in a rural community in Northern Ghana and they were aware of the need for soccer gear for youth. They approached Bill Johnstone with a request for items to gift and his response was very enthusiastic.

When the family and Albion FC team met, the multiple jerseys and plethora of soccer balls that were being given to share with the kids was monumental. The excitement was in the air about being able to help children out for the love of the beautiful game.

When in Ghana, Imran Tahid spoke with community leaders and found a local club called Yezoli FC which has an impressive amount of children who come everyday to the soccer pitch to practice and play. Similar to Albion FC, they have boys and girls in all age categories from U6 all the way up to U21, who are so eager to kick the ball and learn with their teammates.

Presentation of the sets of jerseys and soccer balls were met with cheers of excitement and pure happiness from the children. They were so delighted to have such a marvelous contribution given to them. The smiles on their faces and sparkles in their eyes was contagious and everyone in the area couldn't help but smile too.

To show their appreciation, the Yezoli FC Manager, Simone helped arrange a mini tournament to not only showcase the new jerseys, but to also show how the kids play. Once the games were organized and all were in attendance, it was hard not to notice the pride of the players wearing their brand new jerseys on the red dirt pitch. The children played with all heart and displayed their creative flair throughout the games.

Hundreds of spectators from the community showed their support and came to watch the games. Excitement and joy was in the air and for those who were unable to come and watch the games, they even broadcast it with a live play-by-play announcer on the local radio station.

The amount of joy and gratitude that was shown for Canadians sharing some jerseys and soccer balls with children in a little community in Northern Ghana was immeasurable and has made an impact that may not fully be realized here in Maple Ridge.

Thank you to Mike Coulter, Bill Johnstone and the rest of the Albion FC leadership team for forever touching the lives of youth in a small community in West Africa and showing them that we can all be connected by the game of soccer. Your exceptional willingness to help is forever grateful.