Along with other sports more traditionally associated with spring, the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association is gearing up for the season. The GVMFA has been providing children between the ages of 7 and 14 the opportunity to learn and play football for the past 18 years.
The spring football season runs from March through May, focussing on teaching youth the principles of fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork and friendly competition. This year the season kicks off with a Preseason Jamboree on March 23-25 at Royal Athletic Park.
Regular games take place at a number of locations throughout Greater Victoria including:
Windsor Park – 2544 Windsor Road
Directions – Drive east along Oak Bay Avenue (towards Beach Drive), turn right onto Hampshire Road, turn left on Windsor Road. Windsor Park is on the right side at the corner of Windsor Road and Transit Road.
Copley Park – Parkridge Street
Directions – Driving North on Glanford Avenue (Towards Royal Oak), turn left onto Vanalman. Follow road until till you come to Parkridge and turn right. The Park is to the left.
Coming from Colwood: Turn left off Highway driving to Victoria onto Wilkinson Road. Continue driving down Wilkinson Road. Turn right onto Mann Ave. Turn right again onto Vanalman. You will come up to Parkridge and there is a “Copley Park” sign on the corner.
Coming from Quadra Street: Driving down Quadra from Victoria you will enter Royal Oak. You will cross a bridge. You will want to be in the left hand turn lane that will turn into Glanford Street. Driving down Glanford you will turn right onto Vanalman. Follow road until till you come to Parkridge and turn right. The Park is to the left.
Royal Athletic Park – 1014 Caledonia Avenue
Directions – Drive South on Blanchard Street just before Downtown Victoria, turn left onto Caledonia at the Save on Foods Center. Drive 2 blocks, it is on the left hand side.
Greenglade Community Center – 2151 Lannon Way
Directions – Take the Pat Bay Highway towards Sidney. Just before Sidney turn left onto McTavish Road. Turn right onto Canora Road (keep right at fork in road continuing on Canora). Turn right onto Northbrook Drive. Turn right onto Lannon Way.
McAdam Park, Cowichan – 1080 Wharncliffe Road
Directions – Coming from Victoria, turn right onto Trunk Rd (lights and a first choice haircutters for landmarks), right again at the next set of lights which is Mckinstry and finally a left onto Wharncliffe and we are about a block down on the left hand side
Eagle Ridge Community Center – 1089 Langford Parkway
Directions – Coming from Victoria, follow the Trans Canada Highway north. Take exit #14 and stay in Sooke lane to head south on Millstream. Turn right on Langford Parkway (just before Superstore). Follow Parkway to the end
Belmont Park (Gear Up Trailers)
Directions – From Victoria, go north on Hwy 1, take Colwood exit just after Victoria General Hospital. Follow road passing Juan de Fuca Rec Center. Just past JDF turn left onto Ocean Boulevard. Follow road until you come to the old firehall on the right. Turn right at firehall, trailers are behind it.
Edward Milne School – 6218 Sooke Road
Directions – Head out onto Sooke Rd. (Heading to Colwood). As you travel on Sooke Rd you will near Sooke High School (it is on the right hand side of the road). Edward Milne is right before you reach the bridge and just before Sooke River Road.
Now you know where to go to see (or play) minor football in Victoria BC. For more details visit the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association website.