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Jacob Baylin receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

CONGRATULATIONS to Jacob Baylin who was recognized and honoured today with the City of Ottawa Mayor’s City Builder Award.
Mayor Jim Watson made the presentation to the young Warriors alumni for “his outstanding act of kindness and inspiring charitable work” in association with his support of the Bell Warriors Football Club and their goals to keep sport “Affordable for All”.
Earlier in the year Jacob Baylin became our youngest Friend of the Warriors sponsor in our 62 year history when he made a donation to our Warriors with money he had earned working last summer.  At the time, Paul Stewart (Warriors President) commented, “Jacob was an award winner and his call to contribute to the cause continues still even after his playing days.   Not many 16 year olds would think of giving their own money to a sports club.  Jacob, however, saw the financial challenges that so many Warriors families face and he chose to step up.  True leaders strive to be part of the solution and that’s what Jacob is all about.”  He continues, “His selfless contribution set an example of leadership and thoughtfulness that our community’s youth should all aspire to.  It also became a focal point in our Club’s communication efforts that ultimately led to more than a half dozen more sponsors for our non-profit sports club.
The Warriors support our players on and off the field.  It is so impressive to see one of our most recent alumni learn from that example and recognize that they too could be a catalyst for change.  The Bell Warriors are proud of Jacob and our Warriors family are moved and motivated by this impressive young man’s actions

Mayor Jim Watson presents Mayor’s City Builder Award to Jacob Baylin (middle). with Bayward Councillor Mark Taylor (right)

Jacob Baylin gives his acceptance speech at City of Ottawa Councillor’s meeting today

From L to R: Josh Baylin, Zachary Baylin, Jacob Baylin, Richard Baylin and Natasha Thiessen-Baylin

2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award winner Jacob Baylin


Congratulations JACOB!!! Read more about Jacob’s big day:  City of Ottawa Press Release

62 Great Years & Counting

2017 marked the 62nd anniversary of our league (NCAFA) and the Bell Warriors Football Club.  It is unimaginable to consider how many people and hours have been generous given to our community to mentor our young youth over those many years.  We have so much to be proud of, grateful for and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of this year’s volunteers for all they did to make the ’17 season a resounding success”, summed up Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President at the Warriors AGM held Feb 27.

Here are some highlights from the President’s report:

Elections determined that the 2017 Bell Warriors Executive would be:

  • Paul Stewart, President
  • Tim Sheahan, VP of Operations
  • Barb Dodge, VP of Administration (NEW)
  • Dan Crabtree, VP of Finance

Director positions are listed on our Contact page and supporters are encouraged to contact the Warriors at if they are interested in applying to fill any vacant positions.



This year’s AGM will be held Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.  at the Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club (54 Springbrook Drive, Stittsville).  The AGM is welcome to all members of the Bell Warriors Football Club.  There will be Director and Executive reports, a financial year-end presentation and elections of officers for the 2018 season.  Afterwards the Warriors will be holding a planning session to map out events, roles and goals for the upcoming season.
There will be a vote on a constitutional amendment that was brought forward at last year’s meeting.  The motion to be voted on would change the constitution from:

  • The positions of the Executive shall be made open to the members for election at the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The term of office for the elected members of the Executive Committee shall commence following the AGM and continue until the next AGM.

to :

  • Each year at the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), positions of the Executive shall be made open to the members for election on a schedule. The two year term of office for the elected members of the Executive Committee shall commence following their election and continue until the AGM two years hence.  The election for President will be held at the AGM following seasons which are held in even number years.  The election for VP Finance and VP Operations will be held at the AGM following seasons which are held in odd number years.  New Executive positions which are created as outlined in Article VI Section A -X, will have elections as follows:  4th Executive Member election will be held following seasons which are held in even number years.  5th Executive Member will be held following seasons which are held in odd number years.  A similar alternating election year pattern would apply if further Executive Members were deemed necessary to ensure continuity of experience at the Board level every year.

Those interested in showing a greater level of support and involvement in the Club are invited to contact president@bellwarriors.  It takes many hands to host our football programs and we rely heavily on the dedication and expertise of our valued volunteers.  See you there!

2018 Head Coaches Are Announced

It is easy to feel exhilarated and immensely satisfied with the direction the club will be taking this year.   We have 4 great men that have all stepped up to continue our club’s long and great legacy.  We hand-chose each of them to take on this important responsibility and that’s because we have faith that no one would be better suited for the jobs.
It is with absolute pride that we announce that Brian Patterson will be returning as our Tyke Head Coach.  This will be Coach Brian’s 16th year coaching with our club and again this year, there is no one involved with the club that didn’t have Coach Brian coach one of their children at one time or another.  He’s a true gem!
At Mosquito, grizzled veteran Pat Kilmartin brings his 22 years of coaching experience to continue mentoring our players as our Mosquito Head Coach.  Pat is respected as a passionate, caring and motivational coach that lives to build confidence and who truly admires spirit, dedication, responsibility ant team spirit.   Thank you Coach Pat!
Our Pee Wee Head Coach is going to be Paul Gowans who, way back when, was a Warriors player and Warriors’ Coach in an earlier life.  Coach Paul has coached football for 28 years and is respected throughout the football community as an exceptional coach, leader and mentor.  He has had numerous coaching roles at much higher levels and currently is a dedicated athletics teacher at South Carleton High School.   On a editorial note:  he coached both of my boys at South Carleton H.S. when they still had a football program and on every level, he earned my respect and admirationPaul is back and we couldn’t be happier with that!
Last but certainly not least is our new Bantam Head Coach Richard Baylin which has done nothing but win as a previous Head Coach at both Mosquito and Pee Wee.  Coach Rich does it with such a positive, constructive and measured demeanour that he attracts families to our program.  He sets the tone for what our program aspires to be.  He’s a true gentleman that happens to have a passion for mentoring youth and football.  What a perfect role model for our program, families and players!  Thanks Coach Rich for stepping up. 

Join us in congratulating these experienced men on stepping up to steer this year’s tackle programs.  The Warriors will be playing in our 63rd year and we are so excited to have these four coaches leading the way.  THANK YOU GENTLEMEN!!!

Banquet & Silent Auctions – Warriors Celebrate

What a day of celebrations the Warriors had.  Our annual Team Banquets is so much more than just an award ceremony (but it is important to celebrate excellence too).  Our Club has a very simple recipe to succeed that we embrace globally. …and that is……to work hard to challenge ourselves, to always strive to learn from our mistakes, to never get discouraged, to strive to grow and as importantly, realize that our actions impact those around us.  If you follow our simple recipe, your actions will not only inevitably lead to your success, they will lead to successes of all your teammates who you inspire and motivate.   There is lots to celebrate when we do that and ultimately, this is what our Warriors celebrated Saturday at our day long of hosting of two annual Team Banquets.
In conjunction with our Banquets, the Warriors hosted two Silent Auctions. Our 6th annual fundraisers represent a labour of love that has become a huge fundraiser for the Club …. and it’s become a lot of fun too.  A big THANK YOU to all of our Donors:

For all of our volunteers that helped with the setup, administration and tear down of the auctions, THANK YOU.  Your hard work helped us raise a record $6,500 for our Warriors!

Of course the two events are also a celebration of our players that truly excelled this year.  To all of our players that competed this year, congratulations on dedicating yourselves the Warriors Way.  We hope you had an excellent experience with your Warriors family and for those that were fortunate enough to be major award winners this year, NICE JOB SETTING THE TONE FOR YOUR TEAM.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ON AND OFF THE FIELD!  The 2017 Major Award Winners were:

BANTAM: Front Row (L to R): Jacob Smith (DB); Armando Pascual de la Cruz (Best D-Player); Dakarai Baskin (Rookie); Michael Fiorino (Most Improved); Alaa Erdawi (Most Versatile); Brandon Graff (Leadership Award). Back Row (L to R): Trey O’Brien (MVP); Ethan Ryan (Best OL); Shyreek Phillips (Best DL); Kahir Padamshi (Coaches Choice);.

PEE WEE: Kneeling (L to R): Owen Lavigne (Warrior Award and Best D-Player); Elliot Fleming (Best DB); Arland Alvarez (Rookie). Second Row (L to R): Ryan Morissette (Coaches Choice); Avery Osborne (Best O-Player); Zachary Baylin (Most Versatile); Daymein Davidson (Best OL). Back Row (L to R): Tyler Baigent (MVP); Jeremie Catalusi (Outstanding LB); Lee Kubsz (Best DL); Isaiah Markell Ayalugo (Most Improved).

MOSQUITO: Front Row (L to R): Joshua Olubajo (Best Offensive Back); Mason Quinn (Best OL); Tyler Gordon Davies (Best D-Back); Jacob Wong (Best O-Player). Back Row (L to R): Mason Jude (Coaches Choice); Alex Moniot (Best OL); Colton Lusk (Rookie); Matthew Lohnes (Best D-Line). Absent: Nolan Dulmage (MVP); Connor Murray (Most Improved); Alexander Smith (Best OL).

TYKE: Front Row (L to R): Avery Stuart and Rylan Gonzalez-Lee (Coaches Choice); Kingston Pappas (Best D-Player); Louis Turpin (MVP); Mohamad-Ali Saad (Best O-Player). Back Row (L to R); William Fortier (Best O-Line); Devin Swire (Best D-Line); Mariah Markell-Ayalogu (Rookie); Dylan Danby (Most Versatile). Absent: Daniel Salakor (Most Improved).


Definitely, our Warriors Banquets and Annual Silent Auctions

are events that really shouldn’t be missed.  We had one heck of a day this year and we can’t wait to get back at it again (soon enough).  #Warriors4Life

Veronica Papalia is the Volunteer of the Year

Think of how much great work all of our volunteers did this year to go the extra mile and create a community-minded culture. Now imagine doing it for 10 straight years. Then imagine doing it even after your children’s playing days with the club are done. That’s exactly what our 2017 Warriors Volunteer of the Year Veronica Papalia has done.
This award is meant to encourage, inspire and symbolize what our club embraces and values and we couldn’t be happier or more proud of this year’s winner.

L to R: VP Dan Crabtree, Veronica Papalia (Bantam Team Manager & ’17 Volunteer of the Year), Paul Stewart (President)


Thanks to all of our volunteers & CONTRATULATIONS Veronica!!!


Warriors Shine Off The Field Too

The Ottawa REDBLACKS reached out yesterday afternoon to line-up volunteers to help at today’s 105th Grey Cup to manage snow and ice.  No pay.  No glory.  Definitely some inconvenience and a 10 hour shift outside where they would more than likely be half frozen when they are done.

We reached out to our Warriors alumni for 16-21 year old volunteers and we just want to say how proud we are (but not surprised) of the boys who stepped up to volunteer to help work at today’s Grey Cup.  These young men led by example on the field when they were with us and continue to now in their community as Warriors alumni.  THANK YOU to Ryan Pacholik, Nick Simms, Demian Gonzalez, Shayne Forsyth, and Kyle Waucaush.


Football is all about community; being selfless; acting on a need; pitching in; and resolve to lead by example.  These 5 Warriors Alumni clearly get that.  THANKS LADS!!! #Warriors4Life


105th Grey Cup Warriors-Alumni Snow Crew (L to R): Kyle Waucaush, Demian Gonzalez, Nick Simms, Shayne Forsyth and Ryan Pacholik

The JUDES are off to the Grey Cup!

The Jude family of Ashton are the winners of the Warriors Draw for 2 TICKETS TO THE SOLD OUT 105th GREY CUP!
Dev is a tireless manager for our Tyke tackle team and her husband Steve covers basically all the other bases for the family while she does.  You couldn’t ask for a nicer more giving couple so it is immensely just that they are our lucky winners!!
Watch the selection video:

THANKS to everyone who donated to buy a ticket for our fundraiser draw.  It was fun and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to THE JUDES! Cheer LOUD & PROUD at this year’s Grey Cup!

Myers Kanata Hyundai CTV Ottawa Team of the Week!

This just happened!  Thanks to the initiative of our Warriors Registrar Barb Dodge and a graduating Bantam player, Jacob Smith, the Warriors entered CTV News Ottawa’s Team of the Week competition sponsored by Myers Kanata Hyundai….and the winner was THE BELL WARRIORS!
The presentation of $1,000 to the Bell Warriors Football Club was made live last night on the CTV News Ottawa dinner-time edition.


HUGE THANK YOU to Myers Kanata Hyundai, Terry Marcotte and Patricia Boal (both of CTV News Ottawa), Barb Dodge, Jacob Smith (who put the video together that won us the contest) and all of our Warriors who went down to the studio for the presentation.  How awesome is this!!!

Win 2 Tickets to the 105th Grey Cup at TD Place

Win a chance to go to the SOLD OUT 105th Grey Cup at TD Place!

Make a donation of $10 for your chance to win 2 tickets to the 105th Grey Cup at TD Place, Sunday, November 26 at 6:00 p.m.  (the winning ticket will be drawn Friday, November 24)


Better yet, make a donation to buy 10 tickets and you will become an instant Friend of the Warriors Sponsor too! There are only 500 tickets.  Buy 10 for $100 and you have a 1/50 chance of winning …. …. and if that’s not enough …. ….  did we forget to mention that Shania Twain is the 1/2 time show!!!

DON’T MISS OUT!  Help support our Warriors!  The Grey Cup hasn’t been here since 2004.  This is a once in a life-time opportunity.  BUY NOW AND BUY OFTEN.  Share all of our Social Media posts to make the most of this Warriors.  We have 1 month to sell 500 tickets.  YOU CAN DO THIS!  This is just another reason to value what NCAFA, the largest amateur football association in Canada, is doing.  #Warriors4Life

Jacob Baylin – Our Youngest Sponsor Ever!!

Jacob Baylin is a 16 year old young man who lives in Crystal Beach, Nepean.  He played football with the local Bell Warriors Football Club and his youngest brother is still in the program.  For those that have been involved with the club more closely, you’ll know Jacob’s father Rich Baylin who is currently our Pee Wee Head Coach.  This past Saturday, Jacob took the time to present me, Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors Football President), with a cheque to help contribute to our club’s efforts to support players who are financially challenged.   This was his own money that he earned working this past summer.  In making this generous donation, Jacob becomes the newest, and by far the youngest, Friend of the Warriors Sponsor.

L to R: Warriors Alumni and our youngest Warriors Sponsor Jacob Baylin and Paul Stewart (Warriors President)

“Every year, the Warriors have numerous players that just could not afford to play football without some financial support.  It is a key mandate of the Warriors to ensure we do all we can to make our great sport affordable for all.  We rely heavily on community support for our young players and it is truly amazing to see someone as young as Jacob recognize and contribute to the cause.  Jacob was a leader in his playing days with the Warriors and continues to set an example that we could all learn from and aspire to.” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President.
That’s the way to #PayItForward Jacob! THANK YOU!!!

Stefano Napolitano #PayItForward #ClassAct

You’ll likely remember our story about this year’s 2X Bell Warriors Jim Wagdin Scholarship winner Stefano Napolitano.  We finally were able to meet up with Stefano at a recent Bell Warriors game.  He was about to go into his last game ever with the Carleton Ravens and he talked of his football journey from his days at Tyke with the Warriors to his final year with the CIS Ravens club.
Stefano certainly exemplifies everything we look for in our Warriors alumni and he led by example again this day.  As we presented Stefano with his scholarship cheque, he produced a cheque of his own to give back to the Warriors.  The cheque, which is held by our President, was to go to our fund for players who are financially challenged and have difficulty paying their player fees.   Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that Stefano Napolitano is our most recent Friend of the Warriors Sponsor!

Picctured L to R: Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President); Veronica Papalia (Bantam Team Manager); Joe Papalia (Bantam DC) and our newest Friend of the Warriors Sponsor Stefano Napolitano.


“I’ve known Stefano since he was a very young man.  He played ball with one of my boys and I have never known him to be anything but thoughtful, generous, respectful and giving of his time.   The fact that he has now given back with his own money to our players in need says so much of the man he has become.  He is a truly class act” ~ summarizes Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President).

Meet our NEWEST PLAY BALL Pat Woodcock

No stanger to the local sports community, PAT WOODCOCK co-owner of Elite Performance Academy is the Warriors NEWEST PLAY BALL SPONSOR!
Some of our very best Warriors alumni have gone on to be trained by Pat & his EPA TEAM.  He not only gets them ready for the next level, he doesn’t forget where they started.  Pat donated a bag of cleats for our Cleat Exchange Program last night.  “We have a lot of young players that come from financially challenged families and they rely on our Cleat Exchange Program for their cleats each year.  To have someone like Pat step up and make such a generous donation means a lot to our Warriors players, families and our club”, observes Paul Stewart, Warriors President.
Pat’s list of accomplishments is too long to outline fully but here are some highlights:


L to R: Pat Woodcock of Elite Performance Academy, Paul Stewart (Warriors President) and long-time Warriors volunteer and Bantam team manager Veronica Papalia

Pat Woodcock meets two Bantam standouts Ethan Ryan (in black) and Trey O’Brien in yellow.


On behalf of the Warriors Family, THANK YOU Elite Performance Academy (EPA) and our friend Pat Woodcock, our newest PLAY BALL SPONSOR!