Friday, November 16, 2018

Now Accepting 2019 Memberships

It's time to Support Local Soccer!

Become a Member of the Lake Side Buoys for 2019 and get some awesome swag, like this exclusive membership scarf!



Head to our Join Us page for more info!

Friday, November 9, 2018

VanIsle GotGame Tryouts 2018

Check out our coverage of the #GotGame Tryouts here on Vancouver Island! We chat with Alex Bunbury, Josh Simpson, Rob Friend, Michael Silberbauer, James Merriman and two players who made the final cut.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

LSBTV Heads to Minnesota

As we enter uncharted territory here on the Island, specifically, trying to figure out how to grow our small Supporters' Group from our PDL roots to our Canadian Premier League future, it's important to learn from those who have gone before.

Lake Side Buoys TV sent a crew down to Minnesota to see if we could learn anything from the Dark Clouds, an SG with a similar history to our own, who are now supporting a pro team.

Here's what we found out:


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Letter from the President

For over nine years, the Lake Side Buoys have had the great honour to support local soccer in Victoria the best way we know how: loudly, vocally and with great enthusiasm.

Our goal is and has always been to foster excitement for the sport we're passionate about. We bring our friends to the pitch and make new ones while we're there, uniting fans under our banner to support our team. We have always taken every opportunity available to grow our numbers and our voice with varying degrees of success over the years.

In keeping with that spirit, we are very excited to support the newest addition to Victoria's soccer landscape - the new Canadian Premier League team, Pacific FC.


Playing at Langford's Westhills Stadium - the very same pitch where the Lake Side Buoys were formed and home of the "lake" that gave us our name - Pacific FC promises to provide an experience that Vancouver Island has been lacking: a professional sports team of our very own.

Going forward, the Lake Side Buoys will be the broad tent that welcomes everyone, doing all we can to further supporter culture and enhance the game day experience. The Board of Directors have been hard at work restructuring our organization in preparation for the inaugural CanPL season and we'll have many exciting announcements to make in the near future. Does this mean that the Lake Side Buoys will be discontinuing our organized game day support of the Victoria Highlanders?


Absolutely not.


While the USL Premier Development League may have just been re-branded as the USL League Two, the Lake Side Buoys are still very committed to the idea of #Path2Pro. Our soccer fortunes, as an island, a region and a country, will rise or fall based on our ability to foster and develop the talent within our communities. For years, the Lake Side Buoys have organized our Supporters' Choice Player of the Year Award, contributed to (and occasionally held on to) the Juan de Fuca Plate competition, provided noise, chants, tifo, smoke and support, all for the benefit of our beloved Highlanders.

While every fan on Vancouver Island is greatly anticipating Pacific FC's kickoff early next year, it is my pledge as President of the Lake Side Buoys to continue our commitment to supporting local soccer by never allowing us to forget where we came from. It is our privilege to be the home of supporters for both Pacific FC and the Victoria Highlanders, following our teams as they lead us into a new future.

You are invited to join us.


- Jason Armond
President, Lake Side Buoys 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lake Side Buoys Hold Annual General Meeting

Though the Lake Side Buoys has been a Victoria supporters' group since 2009, on Sunday the group had their first formal Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors.

As a result of that meeting, a new board was elected and a set of objectives were put in place to complete for the remainder of 2018. Here is the new board (a lot like the old board):
Jason Armond
President

Ted Godwin
Vice President

Allison Armond
Secretary / Treasurer

Julian Anderson
Director of Communications

Drew Shaw
Director of Community Outreach


Blake McStravick
Tifo Coordinator

Ryan Arrowood
Game Day Experience Coordinator

Not pictured (because I forgot to take a picture) is Mike Schlodder, who will retain his position as Past President.

In addition to electing a board of directors, the attendees approved a few objectives for the remainder of 2018:

1. The Board of Directors shall draft and approve a charter, by-laws and / or articles as required.
2. The Board of Directors shall secure such banking devices as deemed appropriate and necessary.
3. The Board of Directors shall research and pursue incorporation and / or status as a non-profit society according to the definitions within British Columbia law.
4. The Board of Directors shall establish an official membership roll and define membership status along with all applicable dues, benefits and responsibilities. 

The Board of Directors will be meeting on a monthly basis to address these objectives. Reports from those meetings will be made available to the membership.