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Football Canada Job Posting

03/11/2021, 1:30pm PST
By Supplied

Manager, Non Contact Football

Football Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

MANAGER, NON-CONTACT FOOTBALL

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Lead the development of Football Canada’s non-contact programs and events in conjunction with the Provincial Sport Organization. Football Canada is seeking an individual to serve as Technical and Events staff. This individual will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for coordinating, developing and administrating all activities related to National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) and the Football Canada Officials Certification Program for non-contact football (flag, Sevens, and touch). The individual shall guide and support the efforts of the National Office Staff, Directors/Chairpersons, Committees, and other Volunteers in the fulfilment of their roles and duties.

Areas of focus will include the following:

• Manage Player Development

• Manage Officials Development

• Manage Coach Development

• Manage High Performance

• Manage Rules and Safety

• Manage Non-Contact Events

The ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications and experience:

• Post-secondary degree preferably in Physical Education/Coaching or Sport Management.

• Coaching background – certified NCCP Training or equivalent experience.

• Experience delivering sport clinics and / or camps

• Works well with others as a team player.

• Be an effective communicator (writing and speaking).

• Strong organizational skills. • Experience coordinating events • Computer knowledge in Windows, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Office (incl. Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher) and Microsoft Outlook.

• Ability and willingness to work some extended hours, and • Have the ability and willingness to do some traveling approximately 5-7 weeks per year.

• Non-contact football experience will be considered an asset

• Ability to fluently communicate in both official languages is an asset.

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position type: 2 Year Contract

Location: Option to working remotely within Canada

Application deadline: March 14th, 2021 please send applications to sdonovan@footballcanada.com

Expected start date: March 31st, 2021

All responses are appreciated, however, only those selected for an interview will receive a reply.

You must include the following in your submission:
A) Three references (including addresses and phone numbers).
B) Salary Expectations; and
C) Date of availability to commence employment.

Football Canada approves the CJFL

03/03/2021, 2:15pm PST
By Supplied

Football Canada is proud to welcome the CJFL as an Associate Member.

Football Canada is proud to welcome the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) as an Associate Member.

The approval of the CJFL marks the fourth Associate Member to join Football Canada in the last year, joining the Canadian Football League, U SPORTS and the Canadian Football Officials Association.

“Football Canada is now the hub of communications for our national contact football organizations to connect, collaborate and partner with grassroots football across the country,” Football Canada President Jim Mullin said.

“Coming out of this pandemic, it is critical that all football organizations within Canada work together as one instead of against each other to get all of our teams and players back on the field safely,” added CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.  “I’m excited to be able to share best practices and ideas across the country to not only build our CJFL game, but football as a whole.  This partnership with the other organizations will give more opportunities for young men and women to play this game.”

The alliance creates pathways for expanded work on CJFL teams to participate in developing the game at the community level with Football Canada programming like First Down and CFL Futures focused on participation for youth under-12. It is also a catalyst for discussion with the CFL and U SPORTS to align areas of operations and events.

“We have already started a dialogue between the partners about how we can work together as a football community to maximize our high-performance events and contribute to minor football, and the CJFL is at the centre of that discussion,” continued Mullin.

The CJFL’s membership in Football Canada was facilitated by the recent ratification of Ontario Football Conference (OFC) Juniors return to the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA), the responsible body for football’s governance in Ontario. The OFC is set to host the CJFL championship Canadian Bowl this November, showcasing the talent and level of enthusiasm for junior football in the province and across the country.

ABOUT FOOTBALL CANADA: Established in 1880 and reconstituted in 1884, Football Canada is the national governing body of amateur football in Canada and a proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Working closely with the provincial football associations, we develop programs and resources for players, coaches, officials in the three disciplines of Tackle, Flag and Touch Football. Football Canada’s vision statement is “from playground to stadium” where players can participate in the game of football throughout a lifetime recreationally, competitively and internationally.

Member Monday: Westshore Rebels

02/08/2021, 8:00am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A proud member of the CJFL since 1985

The Westshore Rebels became a member of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) in the BC Conference in 1985 following three consecutive Tier II championships from 1982-1984 as the Victoria Hornets.

The Rebels in the past 35 seasons have gone through a couple of different identities in their franchise history.  Once becoming a full member of the CJFL the Hornets became the Victoria Payless from 1985-1993 after being sponsored by Payless Gas Company.    In their nine seasons as Payless, they would finish with an overall record of 30-45-1 qualifying for the post season six times but didn’t win a game.

In 1994, the new season came with a new name.  The sponsorship of Payless was not renewed so the club changed their name to the Vancouver Island Sharks.  In their four seasons the club finished with a dismal 6-34 record and 0-2 in the playoffs.

The ’98 season brought on another new name change as the Victoria Rebels were born.   Playing out of Royal Athletic Park the new Rebels brand immediately brought on a winning season.  They finished 6-4 but lost in the BC semi-final.  Overall they would play 13 seasons in Victoria compiling a 74-52-4 regular season record, making the playoffs 10 times.  Unfortunately for the Rebels they were 6-11 in the playoffs and 1-4 in the BC Cullen Cup final.  That one BC title however propelled them to their first Canadian Bowl appearance in 2003.   They ran into an undefeated Saskatoon Hilltop juggernaut that averaged over 39 points a game and a defence that allowed just 11 points.   The CJFL title game was played on a neutral field in Chilliwack and the Hilltops shutout the Rebels 59-0.

Following the 2010 season the Rebels once again packed up and moved.  This time they made their new home in Langford, a suburb of Victoria and became known as the Westshore Rebels.     They were fortunate to move into the new Westhills Stadium which welcomed them with open arms.

Since this most recent move the Rebels have played nine seasons in Langford combining for a 46-43-2 regular season record.   They also hosted their first Canadian Bowl in 2016 after a first place finish.  They again faced the Hilltops and though it was a better game, the Hilltops still got the best of the Rebels with a 37-25 win.

Throughout the team’s history they have finished in first place in the BC Conference twice; in 2016 and 2017 and have appeared in two Canadian Bowls.  In their 35 year history they have won two Cullen Cup titles and have a 155-173-7 overall record.   Three players have been named the CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year; Simon Beckow (WR/R) in 1992, Nate Cote (QB) in 2007 and Jamal Lyles (RB) in 2016.  On the other side of the ball four players have been named the League’s Top Defender; Ian Gordon (DE) in 1987, Troy Francis (DB) in 1990, Scott Gilbert (LB) in 1999 and Mike Kissinger (LB) in 2000.

Alums who have played in the CFL

BC Lions
Bill Chamberlain (also Calgary)
Moe Elewonibi (also Winnipeg, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Club)
Jordan Matechuk
Jesse Newman
Lorne Plante
Tim O'Neil

Calgary Stampeders
John Bender
Robin Cote
Tim O’Neill
Jesse Newman
Blaine Kruger

Montreal Alouettes
Scott Mennie (also Winnipeg)
Andrew Woodruff

Winnipeg Bluebombers
Jordan Matechuk

Quick Rebels Facts:
Conference – BC Conference
Location – 1089 Langford Pkwy, Victoria
President – Rob Lervold
Head Coach – Shane Beatty
Stadium – Westhills Stadium
Social Handle - @westshorerebels
Motto –Westshore Boomin’
Primary Colours – Red and White