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March 24, 2020

Club Update

Ontario Soccer announced today that all scheduled events and activities for the month of April have been cancelled.

We anticipated the news to extend the cancellation of activities. We have already begun to offer virtual in class sessions via ZOOM.  We have planned many creative and unique sessions. 

Here is the full Update from Ontario Soccer today.

Any questions please reach out at anytime.

Regards

Abbi Lezizidis

President – Whitecaps London

Action Bulletin

Bulletin #:   A2020-007

Date:           Mar. 24, 2020

To:               Club Membership

CC:              Ontario Soccer Board of Directors, Staff

From:          Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer

Subject:      COVID-19 Cancellation Notice Update 

As a further follow up to the Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer announcements of March 12 and March 13 regarding the suspension of all sanctioned soccer events and activities, Ontario Soccer today is announcing that all scheduled events and activities for the month of April have been cancelled.

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, have been monitoring the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the emerging public health crisis and are currently assessing operations and deciding cancellations on a month-to-month basis as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

At this time, Ontario Soccer is also asking organizations at all levels of membership – District, Club and Ontario Registered Academies (ORA) – to actively communicate our official information updates to their soccer community members by posting on their website, sharing it via email and using social media. We have received a variety of direct inquiries from participants (and parents) requesting information. It is critical that all Soccer Clubs and ORAs keep their members informed during these challenging times.

As social or physical distancing is not a concern in an online, isolated environment, activities that can be completed online, such as Match Official Accreditation Clinics, some Coaching Courses, registering for future events and competitions such as Ontario Cup, or the outdoor season registration and other activities that do not require public or private gathering, will continue until further notice.

If your membership has further questions, please refer them to the latest bulletin, Updates on COVID-19 Impacted Activities and FAQ #2 and the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from Ontario Soccer, as well as resources for your members to better inform themselves.

If you have any questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director of Administration.

 

 

March 21, 2020

Hello Whitecaps London Families,

We hope that all is well in your households and you are all healthy and continue to take measures to ensure your safety.  

We are reaching out to update you on the club activities and what we are planning in the coming weeks.

Our staff have been in constant communication with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Ontario Soccer as all organizations try to work through this unprecedented event. We have established and joined several task forces to deal with different aspects of the programs, and this morning we had a meeting via ZOOM with all of our Whitecaps London coaches to plan our next steps.

With isolation clearly in front of us, Vancouver Whitecaps have been working on a Home Training Program for all of our athlete’s coast to coast.

Beginning this week, the coaches will be reaching out to share this program with the athletes and to set up virtual team meetings via ZOOM. Imagine a classroom session at BMO, but done online!   

The goal is to keep the athletes engaged, positive, connected with their teammates and coaches, and ready to hit the ground running whenever we return to action. We ask that you commit fully to this programming as parents and set a strong expectation to be on time for virtual ZOOM meetings.

The link for each meeting will be sent by your coach or team manager. ZOOM is very easy to use. You will simply click on a link and your computer will do the rest. We would prefer your athlete to use a laptop or Desktop style computer however, the great thing about ZOOM is the versatility of its platform. If you wish to use a tablet or mobile phone, simple download the APP and it will work the same.

Note: ZOOM is an online video-based service. Please be aware of your surroundings and find a private area of the home during our virtual ZOOM training/meeting. All families are welcomed to be involved during the ZOOM calls at all times although it is not mandatory for the parents.

We truly understand many of you have more questions than we have answers during these uncertain and challenging times. We are communicating internally on a daily basis and will continue to update you regularly. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

Also, please feel free to post your athlete performing these drills on our Instagram and Facebook. 

Our ALL Our Honour

Abbi Lezizidis

Whitecaps London – President

March 16, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Club Update         

Hello Whitecaps London Family,

The club executives are aware that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a growing concern for many in our region and around the globe.

We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure that all Whitecaps London Athletes, Coaches, Managers and All other Team officials are safe and healthy at this time.

With this in mind, we will be following the lead of our governing bodies (Canada & Ontario Soccer) in conjunction/consultation from the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps.

Additionally, Whitecaps London is asking everyone to comply with the WHO's recommendation measures:

< >Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer; Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands;Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand; If possible, stay home if you are sick; Put distance between yourself and other people to minimize exposure; and Seek medical care early is you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and sharing your recent travel history with your healthcare provider. Keep sleepovers and large gatherings to a minimum. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus

Centre for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about

Ontario Soccer: https://www.ontariosoccer.net/page/show/5697170-covid-19-updates

Together as a community we will continue to meet the challenges ahead of us at this time. Please take care of yourselves and be safe.  We will soon be back at.  Stay strong!

From the Team at Whitecaps London Football Club

Sincerely,

Abbi Lezizidis

President & Co Chair

Whitecaps London F.C.

March 17, 2020

Skills Challenge & Essay Writing Contest Details

What better way to motivate the athletes from the club to take part in two very different contests?  We have four $25 Source for Sport Gift Cards up for grab.  Two for the Grassroots Athletes and Two for U13 to U21 Athletes.

  1. Keep Movin Challenge. It can be a photo or a video. It can be anywhere.In a basement, Living Room or any other room in the house.The “ASK” is that you show us how you “Keep Movin” during this break. Show us it by tagging our socials using the HASHTAG #whitecapskeepmovin. Be sure to show off Whitecaps gear in the video.All Submissions will be entered in a draw at the deadline and a winner will be chosen then. Good Luck
  2. Essay Contest.  Tell us “WHY” you love being a Whitecap?It can be about anything Whitecaps.It can be about various things or just one thing.Examples to write about are: A teammate, Your Awesome Coach, the program itself or it could be about something cool that you did at practice or how cool it feels to be a Whitecap.All Essays will be reviewed by our Whitecaps London Board. Email all Essay’s in PDF format to: contest@whitecapslondon.ca

Contest Details Below:

Contest #1

What: Keep Movin Challenge - It can be a photo or a video

When: Now to April 15, 2020 (Post, tagged and using hashtag by Noon April 15)

  1. The Challenge: Show us your drill. Be sure to wear your Whitecaps gear. Goodluck!

The Prize: Two Gift Source for Sport Gift Cards up for grabs: All Submissions will be entered in a draw at the deadline and a winner will be chosen then.

  • U8 to U12 (Grassroots)
  • U13 -U21

Tag us on:

Instagram: whitecaps.london

Tik Tok: whitecapslondon

Twitter: @whitecapslondon

Rules: Tag us on one of the socials above. You must use the following hashtag.

#whitecapskeepmovin

All submissions will be reviewed by the Whitecaps London board.

Each winner be awarded one $25.00 gift card from Source for Sports.

 

Contest #2

What: Essay Contest

When: Now to April 15, 2020 (Submitted by Noon April 15)

The Challenge: Tells “WHY you love being a Whitecap?”  Minimum 200 words and Max 500 words.

To submit email: contest@whitecapslondon.ca

The Prize: Two Gift cards up for grabs:

•            U8 to U12 (Grassroots)

•            U13 – U21 

All submissions will be reviewed by the Whitecaps London board.

Each winner be awarded one $25.00 gift card from Source for Sports.