Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Pacific FC Kicks Off Supporter Week

PFC is taking this week to highlight some of their super fans, and they've started with the Lake Side Buoys own Steve Hemphill:

VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC – Pacific FC starts this week highlighting the amazing supporters who are so essential to the game. As Supporters Appreciation Week kicks off, three different stories will be told of supporters and their unique journeys with the Canadian Premier League (CPL).

We start the week off focusing on the incredible story of Steve Hemphill, an avid supporter in the inaugural season of the Canadian League. Hemphill, born in Glasgow, Scotland, began his soccer journey a few days before his family’s team, Celtic, were the first British team to win the European Championship. 
Fast forward to 2014 Hemphill was helping lead his son’s team, Saanich Fusion, to win Provincials. As Pacific FC began in 2018, Hemphill joined one of the supporters groups, The Lake Side Buoys. 
With some free time on his hands, Steve decided to plan a 7,000 km road trip on his motorbike across Canada coinciding with the inaugural season of the CPL.
“As well as enjoying the soccer,” explained Hemphill, “the sheer vast size of this incredible country was something to experience.  You don’t get the same sense flying over in a jet.”
Hemphill had the opportunity to experience games in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, York, Hamilton and Halifax.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Pacific Football Club takes leadership of Vancouver Island Wave Soccer

Here's an exciting press release from Pacific FC:

LANGFORD, BC (July 2, 2020) - Wave soccer has transitioned to be ‘Powered by Pacific FC’ as Pacific Football Club takes the youth program under their guidance. Wave High Performance is a Tier 1 program that represents players on Vancouver Island between the ages of 13 – 18, for both boys and girls, and an opportunity for youth to take their game to the next level.

“We are taking this program forward and looking to provide a competitive development environment for the players,” said James Merriman, Associate Head Coach and Technical Director, Pacific FC. “Our goal is for the Wave program to provide youth with National Team experiences, post-secondary opportunities and overall be a center of excellence.”

The Wave program provides players with an opportunity to play at the highest level of soccer available in the province. The program consists of a competitive training schedule, with highly motivated players, working towards their highest potential, trained by top qualified coaches including current Pacific Football Club players Marcel de Jong and Jamar Dixon and former professional players Riley O’Neill, Mark Village and Ryan McCurdy. 

“Vancouver Island has a strong soccer community and we are particularly excited about the variety of coaching staff we have for our players in this program,” said Merriman. “We’ve assembled a roster of more than 20 of the top coaches on the Island and our players are going to benefit from their expertise.”

Monday, June 1, 2020

Pacific FC to start workouts in Langford

We're excited to hear that Pacific FC is starting training soon, likely in anticipation of the soon to be announced condensed season for the Canadian Premier League. Here is the official press release from Pacific FC:

Langford, BC – (June 1, 2020) Pacific Football Club has received approval from its provincial and municipal health authorities and the Canadian Premier League to return to training. The club will begin to hold voluntary workouts for players at the Island Training Centre starting June 1.

Island Training Centre - Langford, BC
As part of the CPL’s training protocol we have adopted a phased approach to training that will begin with non-contact individual or small group workouts and will allow the club to provide a secure, sanitary and controlled environment that ensures adherence to safety protocols and physical distancing measures for players and staff.

The priority of these protocols is the safety and the well-being of players, technical staff and employees, as well as their families, when they return to training.

The CPL and Pacific FC continue to monitor all input, guidance and direction provided by all levels of government and all football governing bodies.

Media will not be allowed any access to the training facility.  Any interviews will need to be arranged through the club’s media contact and conducted as per the club’s media policy.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Annual Pub Night Event - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the upcoming Lake Side Buoys Annual Pub Night Event that was scheduled for Friday, March 13th has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus, in an effort to protect both players and fans. We'll try this event again hopefully in April should conditions improve. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Annual Pub Night Event!

Come to the Yates Street Taphouse Bar&Grill this Friday between 4pm and 7pm for the Lake Side Buoys PUB NIGHT! Sign up to be a supporter of Pacific FC, have a few pints with fellow soccer fans, rub elbows with players and compete in our FIFA tournament!
Bring a friend!