Football isn’t about ‘pats on the back‘ for a job well done. Football is about acting with distinction and doing a job well that needs to be done. It is no different in running a community football program. “We value setting a selfless example for our youth and doing good in our community”, states Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President.
Having said all of that, it is an honour for our non-profit football club to be recognized in our community for the good work we have done for the past 64 years and continue to do night in and night out. At a ceremony held last night at the CARDELREC-Goulbourn Centre, the Warriors were awarded with their nomination for the Volunteer Group of the Year. On hand on behalf of the Warriors was Warriors VP of Finance Dan Crabtree and VP of Administration Christine Lavigne.
In addition to hosting our three distinct football programs for boys and girls, the Warriors give back to our Warriors players in the form of bursaries and scholarships. The Warriors also plan a series of events to raise monies for our operations; and to expose youth to living an active lifestyle while playing our great sport of football:
- Annually, the Warriors offer two $1,000 post-secondary scholarships to Warriors alumni. Applications are judged on academics, the alumni’s Warriors experience, and their community involvement
- 14 Stittsville residents have won scholarships in the past decade: Andrew Fullerton (’18), Stefano Napolitano (’13 and ’17), Kurtis Schaefer (’16), Sean Stoqua (’15), Charles Keenan (’14), Mitchell Henselwood (’14), Bran Hinton (’13), David Sabourin (’11 and ’12), Sam Sabourin (’10 and ’12), Mike Wierich (’11), and Richard Hobbs (’10)
- $38,000 has been rewarded to date since the launch of our scholarship program
- The Bell Warriors are proud to support our young players on and off the field
- Annually, post-secondary bursaries are also made available to our Bantam and Midget aged Tackle football players and a graduating Girl’s Touch Football program player ($500 each)
- For 23 years, the Warriors host an annual Bell Warriors Golf Tournament (hosted at the Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club, Stittsville)
- Volunteer Appreciation Night: hosted annually at The ALE Lounge & Eatery, Stittsville
- Hosted numerous Warriors Days which were free to expose youth in Stittsville to football
- Hosted free QB clinics (in Stittsville) in the Winter in 2018
- Host Winter Workouts annually to introduce youth of Stittsville to football
- Host two annual banquets and awards ceremonies in Stittsville
- Host our Bell Warriors AGM in Stittsville annually
- Partner to offer region-wide Tyke & Mosquito jamborees each August for Stittsville youth
- Partner to offer region-wide All-Star teams to compete for the Eastern Ontario – Western Quebec Inter-Provincial championship for Stittsville youth
- Offer Inter-Provincial cross-over games for our Bantam and Midget aged tackle football players of Stittsville
- If boys & girls want to play football in Stittsville, then the Bell Warriors Football Club are their team for affordable & accessible non-contact and tackle football programs
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We are proud of what we do as Warriors in our community. THANK YOU to Dan and Christine for being on hand to accept our award.
NCAFA and OSEG are looking for 50/ 50 sellers during Redblack games.
As you may know, OSEG has partnered up with NCAFA to raise money for the OSEG Foundation. NCAFA is very lucky to have an organisation like OSEG supporting minor football. Part of the proceeds from the RedBlacks 50/50 goes to every club within NCAFA to help offset equipment costs, and by extension, keeping minor football the cheapest and most accessible sport for kids in Ottawa.
This is an opportunity for you to help out your club and the league by working 4-9 RedBlack home games, while being paid for your time by OSEG.
Gawain Harding, President of the Gatineau Vikings and NCAFA Executive says, “I’ve been doing this for the last 3 years and I have enjoyed the experience greatly. It’s a fun way to give back. The time passes quick. And selling 50/50 tickets is allot easier than you think it is. People want to buy 50/50 tickets. You just need to be active and vocal for 3 hours.”
The OSEG Foundation and NCAFA will be having a second orientation session on:
TUESDAY, JUNE 11th at TD PLACE CLICK HERE if interested
We need to get as many people who are interested out on that date. Candidates should be:
- Must be outgoing – approaching strangers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but sometimes meeting new people can be fun and rewarding!
- Cash handling is a must – selling raffle tickets in $5, $10 and $20 increments sometimes calls for math on site. Top sellers last season sold over $4,000 per game! That’s a lot of cash!
- Willing to help make a difference – 50% of the pot does go to one lucky fan, but the real reason for the raffle is for the 50% that is donated to the OSEG Foundation.
It’s time to step up. For more details, you can also email us at email@example.com.
23rd Annual Bell Warriors Fundraiser Golf Tournament – Super
door prizes, a great lunch & sit down dinner, 18 holes of golf with … …
The Bell Warriors are going to see the Edmonton Eskimos
take on our REDBLACKS at a very special price of only … …
The long wait is over … … finally! The Bell Warriors Tackle Football tryouts dates are set. Unless the weather continues to reek havoc, we are set to go from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.:
Tykes (ages 8-9) May 22nd (Bell H.S. behind the baseball diamonds)
Mosquito (ages 10-11) May 21st (Bell H.S. behind the baseball diamonds)
Pee Wee (ages 12-13) May 21st (Bell H.S. behind the baseball diamonds)
Bantam (ages 14-165) May 22nd (Bell H.S. Game Field)
All interested players have 3 easy steps to follow before coming out:
1 – Register with OFA (Insurance): CLICK HERE
2 – Register for Bell Warriors with NCAFA (League): CLICK HERE
3 – Register with your Warriors level: CLICK HERE
For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call (613) 838-4279 or go to our CONTACTS page to email your level’s head coach. #Warriors4Life
And … … it’s a hit!
For years there have been pockets of Flag Football programs throughout our region. The Bell Warriors were one of these clubs who hosted an annual Spring Co-ed Flag Program. So it was a natural for the Warriors to be chosen to be a host club of NCAFA’s Inaugural league-wide Spring non-contact program. The Warriors will be hosting a program in the West, the Nepean Eagles a program in the South and the Cumberland Panthers in the East for you ages 5-15.
Football Canada has made non-contact football a primary initiative to grow the sport and their First Down Program is seen to be a program to initiate youth to football and an acitve lifestyle. Football Canada’s First Down Program helps kids under the age of eight moving and active while having fun. The goal is to help develop their movement abilities and foster further participation in physical activity or sport. NCAFA will be expanding to incorporate a Mite flag program modelled on the First Down Program. Rodney Moors, Warriors and NCAFA Director of Non-Contact Programs, says of the new program, “the sessions of the First Down Program develop fundamental movement skills like running, throwing, catching and kicking. The program incorporates football related movements, activities, and skills to help build physical literacy. Expanding our non-contact programs to incorporate co-ed flag football was a natural progression of our league. We are working to grow the sport in the Ottawa region.”
Interested in finding out more about the Warriors Co-Ed Spring Flag Football program, CLICK HERE.
NCAFA, OSEG Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa are
very pleased to announce the start of new program designed to … …
Practices are just starting for the Bell Warriors annual Girl’s Touch Football Program and if Spring ever comes, we’ll finally hit the fields for some fun in May and June. It’s a perfect program for multi-sport training and for girls looking for being active in the Spring. Rodney Moors, Warriors Director of Non-Contact Programs and Coach, says, “We have continued to expand the program and it’s likely because there is no other sport that combines running, throwing, catching and kicking. It’s a great sport for having fun while making some new friends and competing.”
Interested in finding out more about our Spring Girl’s Touch Football Program, CLICK HERE.
Think of joining a NCAFA Non-Contact football program (Girl’s Touch or Co-Ed Flag) as a coach or manager. Both are finished by the end of June. You will help kids have a great experience and you will get more back than you give. Check out our programs at www.ncafa.ca pr email email@example.com for details.
“2018 marked the 63rd anniversary of our league (NCAFA) and the Bell Warriors Football Club. The good we do and good we have done is a simple product of setting a proud example of selfless commitment to our community, our club, our players and each other. We are stronger and better when we work together as a team and whether our youth appreciate the example we set at the time, someday they will. Those that can do. Those that can do more volunteer. Our success as a non-profit community association and football club is a product of years of building on our successes. We have much to be proud of and it is in situations like this that we have a forum to praise our many caring volunteers; to be grateful for the experience; and proud of our many accomplishments. 2018 was a great year and I am excited to see what we can achieve.” – summed up Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President at the Warriors AGM held Feb 21.
Here are some highlights from the President’s report:
- Banquets and 6th Annual Silent Auctions January 13, 2018
- Helmet Delivery: January 2018
- Head Coaches Announced – Jan 15: Brian Patterson (tyke); Pat Kilmartin (Mosquito); Paul Gowans (Pee Wee); Richard Baylin (Bantam)
- AGM February 27
- NCAFA Planning Meeting: March 24
- Warriors Planning Meeting: March 26, Hosted by Scotty’s Corner Diner (Warriors Gold Sponsor)
- Mayor’s City of Ottawa Builder Award – Jacob Baylin recipient – March 28
- REDBLACKS Inaugural Coaches Clinic April 14
- 4 week Indoor Clinic April 14 – May 5
- Primo Organizing Day: April 21
- NCAFA Flag Football : Quinn’s Pointe, April 28, May 12
- RBC Spirit of the Capital Award Winner – May 8 Warriors Alumni Aaron Masolingi
- 7th Annual Warriors Day Michelle Heights – May 26
- Flag Football: 5 weeks, May 26 – June 23
- Tryouts started May 22nd : 120 players selected eventually (vs 115 in ’17; vs 134 in ’16)
- Warrior Wear Catalogue : deadline May 27 and Oct 15
- 50/50 Tickets Sales Starts: June 21
- Girl’s Touch Football Championship : June 24
- NCAFA Spalding Cup U15 and U17: July 14-15
- 23rd Annual Warriors Golf Tournament : July 28
- Tyke Jamboree & Mosquito Madness Exhibition Season Openers: August 12
- New Trainer Table – Grant England donation August 15
- Season Opener: August 18
- Inaugural Tyke Multi-Game Jamboree – Sept 3
- Free Custom Mouth Guards – Sept 7
- Queens Gaels Player of the Week – Sept 10 Kurtis Schaefer
- Scholarship Winners announced : September 26 Andrew Fullerton, Daniel Schwartz ($38,00 to date)
- Canteen – $6,995. Food donated by new Gold Sponsor Scotty’s Corner Diner
- Poppies and Pink Ribbons on Helmets October and 1st week of November
- Joint 4-Team Practice: October 24
- NCAFA Championship Week: Oct 31 – Nov 4. Tyke B-Cup Semi-Finalists; Mosquito C-Cup Champions; Pee Wee A-Cup Finalists; Bantam A-Cup Finalists
- Warriors Mosquito Team at the REDBLACKS: November 2
- Intra-Provincial Pee Wee/Bantam/Midget Championship: November 18
- Equipment Return: Nov 13 & 15
- Christine Lavigne receives Warrior Volunteer of the Year Award : November 29
- 6th Annual Volunteer Appreciation night: November 29
- NCAFA All Stars Announced – Dec 3
- NCAFA Midget Award Winners Announced – Dec 3; Jake Papalia (All-Star, NCAFA Rookie and Best D-Player for Norsemen), Kia Padamshi (Norsemen Rookie of the Year – All Star), Josh Streng & Armando Pascual de la Cruz (All Stars)
- NCAFA Bantam Bursary Winner Announced – Bell Warriors Bantam QB Caleb Faulkner
- Helmet Reconditioning : Dec 13
- Christmas Hamper Program: Dec 20
- Sponsorship Program: $2,580
Elections determined that the 2018 Bell Warriors Executive would be:
- Paul Stewart, President
- Paul Gowans, VP of Player & Field Equipment (NEW)
- Richard Baylin, VP of Facilities (NEW)
- Christine Lavigne, VP of Administration (NEW)
- Dan Crabtree, VP of Finance
Please join us in welcoming our three new club Executive Members Paul Gowans, Richard Baylin and Christine Lavigne. One last note, we would like to thank BARB DODGE. Barb Dodge decided to step down as VP of Administration but will retain her role as our Club Registrar. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for the Warriors Barb!
We’d also like to thank our long-time Warriors Coach, VP of Operations and friend TIM SHEAHAN who is stepping away from the Warriors after 10+ years of volunteering for our Club. Tim had two boys go through our program (Kyle and Brendan) and remained to give back to the Warriors long after both boys had graduated from our program. When it came to passion for our sport and our club, Tim was second to none. His contributions to our club led to his being honoured with the 2015 United Way Community Builder Award. We all owe Coach Tim a debt of gratitude for all he gave to our proud club. THANK YOU TIM!
The 2018 Bell Warriors AGM will be held at 7:00 p.m. at The Ale – Amberwood Golf and Country Club, (54 Springbrook Drive, Stittsville) and is welcome to all current 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 2019 season. Afterwards the Warriors will be holding a planning session to map out events, roles and goals for the upcoming season.
Those interested in showing a greater level of support and involvement in the Club are invited to contact president@bellwarriors. See you there!
Another terrific day celebrating what it means to be a Bell Warrior at our annual Team Banquets in conjunction with our 7th Annual Bell Warriors Football Silent Auction Fundraisers. “The day is all about giving our young players a big pat on the back for all of their hard work this past season. Our recipe for success is simple. You have 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. You’ll not only succeed but inevitably, your leadership will lead to successes of all your teammates who you inspire and motivate.” ~ Paul Stewart, Warriors President 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 7th 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 close to $6,000 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 2018 Major Award Winners were:
This HUGE DAY is one that our Warriors embrace and should never be missed! Before we know it we will be back at it again but on this day, we celebrated greatness and our Warriors’ RECIPE FOR SUCCESS!
Well done Warriors! #Warriors4Life
From all of the boys & girls, volunteers and alumni at the Bell Warriors Football Club – HAPPY NEW YEAR!