All posts by Kevin Whitmarsh

BAYSIDE CLUB HOUSE UPDATE

We are currently working with the City Parks, Recreation and Culture staff on a redesign of the current plans. The 2nd Architect, ThinkSpace, commissioned by the City did a redraft of the drawings.  The City has pointed out a few of the changes for our review.  They are as follows:

1) Public washrooms removed from north side/top storey. A single, unisex, handicap accessible washroom would instead be developed underneath the space created by the stairway at the south end of the building. When we looked at players having washrooms and guests attending functions at the club room having washrooms, we decided to just provide one washroom. We would prefer to provide more but the budget has to be considered so that was dropped.

2) Dropping the washrooms allowed for a building access on the north side/second storey as long as the kitchen was moved. This allowed us to drop the balcony which was really running up costs. It also solves the issue of viewing through railings etc. Now a large bank of windows which would be much less expensive than the doors, balcony and railing.

3) Kitchen was moved to southwest corner. We did this knowing you need a service window and the club feels the south entrance is the most frequently used. The kitchen can be moved again but there needs to be a public entrance/fire exit on the north and south side of the building along with fire exit on west.

4) All of this allowed us to modify the ramp and avoid some costly retaining walls. It also allows the interface with the existing baseball building to be easier to construct.

We do have concerns about the public washrooms being significantly downsized. These washrooms were a major request in our requirements for the club house.

The City has also asked us to review our cash contribution. They are mindful we have met our financial obligation, but would like us to consider adding to our contribution.  Additional funds are required due to the drawings and cost survey provided by the new architect and the delays in starting the project.

We have continuously expressed our concerns regarding the delay in starting the construction of the project. We have reminded the City staff they told our membership the project would start in Sep/15.

If you would like express your concerns and assist in putting pressure on the City to begin the project, please feel free to contact the Mayor and any or all of the following City Councillors:

Mayor Linda Hepner: mayor@surrey.ca

Councillor Tom Gill: TSGill@Surrey.ca

Councillor Bruce Hayne: BruceHayne@Surrey.ca

Councillor Vera LeFranc: Vera.LeFranc@surrey.ca

Councillor Mary Martin: MMartin@surrey.ca

Councillor Mike Starchuk: Mike.Starchuk@surrey.ca

Councillor Barbara Steele: HBSteele@Surrey.ca

Councillor Judy Villeneuve: JAVilleneuve@Surrey.ca

Councillor Dave Woods: Dave.Woods@surrey.ca

“USED GEAR SALE”

I have been chosen to represent Team BC in Las Vegas for the 7’s Tournament in a few weeks and I am trying to offset some of the cost by fundraising.
I will be hosting a ‘used gear sale’ at the Bayside home fields this Saturday during the the men’s and women’s games.
Come out and support our teams and see what I have for sale!
Thanks for your support
Nicola Smith

Women’s Rugby Skills Clinics – February 17 and 24 at Klahanie Park

BC Rugby will be hosting a free skills clinic open to all Senior Women’s players from BC Rugby Club Competitions (Premier, Division 1, Division 2) on February 17th and 24th at Klahanie Park (Capilano RFC). The sessions on both dates will run from 6:30pm to 8:15pm.
Players are invited to attend this valuable rugby-skills-focused evening of training, led by BC Rugby Coaches.
If you would like more information, please contact:
Dean Murten, Performance Development Manager
778 847 2466
dmurten@bcrugby.com

HSBC Vancouver International Sevens World Rugby Series from March 11, 2016 to March 13, 2016

Are you heading to the HSBC Vancouver International Sevens World Rugby Series from March 11, 2016 to March 13, 2016. Gather with your Bayside and other International fans at the Library Square Public House.

Downtown’s Library Square Public House has announced plans to host the official B.C. Rugby Fanzone for the HSBC Sevens World Rugby Series.

For more info go to: http://www.bcrugby.com/news_article/show/610037?referrer_id=2026023

President’s 2016 New Year Message

This past year has been significant in our Club development.  We have made strides towards acting as a “Club” in preference to teams within separate silos.  Rugby is about camaraderie, inclusiveness, and teamwork.  As the on-field success cannot be achieved by an individual alone; the organization and commitment to collaboration is priority.

Over 2015 we have been able to establish the roots of a Social Committee, a Medical Committee, an Equipment Manager, a Fields Manager, a Merchandise Manager, a Bar Manager, and a Food Manager.  This is in addition to the established Executive and Director positions and the On-field staff of Coaches and Managers.

The holiday season is often referred to as the “Season of Giving”.  As we look forward to turning the calendar to 2016, I wanted to thank everyone, especially our volunteers, for their tremendous commitment in 2015.  Without this unselfish dedication, the current achievements of the Bayside Athletic Association would not have been realized.  The year was not without its challenges but because of the passion, enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers we are a stronger “Club” organization today.

We should all be proud of the efforts everyone has provided.  One of the fruits of everyone’s labours is the development and recruitment of financial supporters to a well structured and reliable association.  It is a great pleasure to include Coast Capital Savings, Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug, Original Joe’s, Panago Pizza, Hamish Ross – Sutton Realty, Prestige Contracting, Eagle West Cranes, Coastal Floors Direct, Woodfibre ING, Allegra Printing, the Mittermaier Family, Griff Building Supplies, DHX, and Boston Pizza in the financial goals of Bayside Athletic Association.  I would like to sincerely thank these organizations and individuals for their steadfast and welcomed support.

We are constantly on the outlook for helping hands and leadership positions to promote and encourage our “Club” mentality.  Whether a player or supporter of the Mini, Junior, Senior Women, Senior Men, or Old Boys program we encourage all to be involved with the overall development of the Bayside Rugby Club throughout the year.  We are a Community organization and require the involvement of the Rugby community to accomplish our objectives.

Best wishes to all for a happy and safe holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous New Year.  It has been an absolute pleasure to work with everyone involved with the Bayside Athletic Association.

Here’s to continued successes in 2016!

Stephen Black
President
Bayside Athletic Association

DECEMBER 26, 2015 CODY TRIGGS MEMORIAL TOUCH RUGBY

DECEMBER 26, 2015, 12:00pm, SSAP Turf Field #10

Come one, come all and get a chance to run off those Christmas treats and turkey dinners at our annual touch rugby tournament.

An open invitation to all Juniors, Seniors, Old Boys, Alumni, Parents and any rugby supporters in the Bayside Rugby Community! It’s coed and meant to be a social touch rugby get together. If people want to stay after and get their more competitive run in, they are more than welcome to.

It will be on the top turf field at the South Surrey Athletic Park, on the east side of the ice hockey arena.

Participation is by donation, and there will also be hot chocolate and coffee available by donation for spectators as well.

If you’re coming home to South Surrey / White Rock for the holidays, it would be great to see your smiling faces again 🙂 Please invite anyone and everyone!!

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REMINDER DECEMBER 7, 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

BAYSIDE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING DECEMBER 7TH 2015, ROTARY FIELD HOUSE, 6:30 PM

AGENDA

  1. Review and approval of 2014 AGM Minutes
  2. Presidents Report
  3. Treasurers Report – Review and Approval of Financial Statements
  4. Club Reports: – Director of Rugby – Director of Men’s Rugby – Director of Women’s Rugby – Director of Junior Rugby – Director of Mini Rugby – Sponsorship Report – Social Committee Report
  5. Motion for Adoption
  6. Adjournment

NEW SENIOR MEN’S 2nd TEAM COACH

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Mr Lee Sullivan has accepted the offer to coach the Senior Men’s 2nd Team, effective immediately.

Lee has explained he sees his role as providing good quality organization for the Men’s 2nd team to allow ample entertaining and enjoyable playing time on and off the field for all those committed to Bayside Rugby.  He is also very mindful of his role to assist the Men’s 1st Team coach, Mr Rob Verelli, with the development and identification of players for the Men’s 1st Team.

The Executive, Club Management and Coaching staffs are very excited to have Mr Sullivan in this role.  Mr Sullivan’s long time commitment to the Bayside Athletic Association as a player and coach at all levels – Junior, Senior, and Representative – bode well for the ongoing development of Bayside Rugby.

On behalf of everybody in our organization, I welcome Mr Lee Sullivan to his new and critical role within the Club.

URGENT: CLUBHOUSE SURVEY

It would be appreciated if you would complete, by Nov 23/15, the Surrey Parks and Rec survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8STBDDY.

This is extremely important for our clubhouse construction.  Also, please consider forwarding the link to as many friends and family of Bayside Athletic Association as possible to complete the survey.

Please place this link on as many social media sites as you can access.

While many have completed this annual survey in the past, and even though our project is in the development phase, it is still extremely important to have another good response from the Rugby community. The importance of this survey cannot be understated or the response underestimated.

The 2 week survey ends Nov 23/15. Time is of the essence. Please notify all of urgency to respond

The last survey we had 268 responses (96 adults, 172 youth).  Let’s reach a goal of 500.

Critical questions worthy of comment are:

9. How satisfied are you with the “availability” of washroom facilities in Surrey’s athletic parks.

11. Would you support and make use of concession services in the park if they were available?

15. How satisfied are you with the customer service, provided by City staff, in relation to general inquiries, field booking information or response time to reported issues? – Delay in the start of construction

16. Please rank the following items in order of importance based on what you feel are the most important issues in Surrey Parks; #1 washroom and changing room availability.  Any comments regarding the club house would be beneficial

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IT IS EXTREMELY APPRECIATED