September 4th Scrimmages

Our September 4th controlled scrimmage with Handsworth at Handsworth times have changed.  Junior Varsity will start at 9:30am and Varsity at 11:00am.

More information to follow.

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Axemen Welcome British Columbia Recruit

Article on Nolan Strong


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Current Player and Alumni Highlight Films Updated

Check out the player films under the Video Tab

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SFU Western Canadian Football Camp

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Video: Blake Whiteley #80 TE During Spring Practice

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Texas Football: 7 Longhorns Who Could Surprise This Spring

TE Blake Whiteley

For the second year in a row, the Longhorns have signed a JUCO tight end that they expect to make an immediate impact. Will Blake Whiteley be able to turn the team’s fortunes around at the position?

Texas’ tight end position is and remains a disaster until somebody proves otherwise. As a whole, Longhorn tight ends brought in 11 catches for 183 yards on the entire season, most of which belonging to pseudo-receiver John Harris. Starter Geoff Swaim had all of three catches for 14 yards, dropping two passes in the Alamo Bowl.

Like Swaim, Whiteley is known mostly for his blocking ability, recording a pedestrian eight catches for 67 yards at Arizona Western. However, the above highlight film (all caveats apply) does show off at least some ability to make tough catches. As a high schooler, Whiteley recorded 1,118 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He may or may not be Texas’ cure for its anemia at tight end, but the early enrollee has serious upside.




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Yellow Helmet Fundraising Initiative

Hello Alumni, As part of the continued improvement of the West Van Football Program I am reaching out to you with two initiatives. Over the past 3 years we have been able to completely upgrade the helmets for the program with 60 new helmets. In addition, the replacement of the shoulder pads is underway. Safety of the players is the coaching staffs #1 priority. With that in mind we are trying to find ways to generate funds for the continued improvement of the safety equipment at West Van Football.

We have launch the Yellow Helmet Initiative in response to alumni requesting the purchase of old jersey’s and helmets. The program has approximately 50 yellow helmets available for alumni who are interested in contributing to the program to help improve equipment. We are asking for a minimum $50 donation to the program and you will receive a helmet like the one in the photo. Because the helmets still have value no tax receipts can be issued.

photo-1Please email me at if you are interested. We can coordinate a time to meet at the school if you would like to purchase one.

In addition, I have attached a community support package if you, your company, or someone you know would be interested in supporting high school football at West Van. Stay tuned for more information in the future. As we replace the uniforms at the school we will be making some available that we will be personalizing with names on the back.

West Van Football Community Support Package

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@westvanfootball on Twitter

For all parents, students, players, alumni, and supporters. West Van Football has been trying to increase its online information available for the West Van Football Program.  In addition to the program also has Facebook pages for the players communication and alumni groups. Last year we started a twitter account. If twitter is something you use please follow us @westvanfootball

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Football BC Combine Series Info for Parents and Players

The 2014 Football BC Combine Series is set to get started at the end of January. Attending a Combine provides each player with an opportunity to be evaluated by Football BC provincial coaches and tested for their athleticism and football ability.

The upcoming dates are:

Friday, January 31 – The Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre, Prince George

Monday, February 10 – Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond

Sunday, February 16 – Merle Logan Field, Nanaimo

Sunday, February 23 – Capital News Centre, Kelowna

Tuesday, February 25 – W.J. Mouat Secondary School, Abbotsford

Online registration is available at The online registration closes one week prior to the start of each session. Register online and save on the walk-up price!

Football BC’s aim is to provide all football players all football players across the province an opportunity to play for our province and be exposed to the greater football world across Canada and the United States.

ALL PLAYERS currently involved in football should attend one of the Combine Series sessions. It will not only allow you to have an opportunity to see how your abilities stack up against other players in the province, but you will make yourself eligible to be involved in Football BC’s provincial programs in 2014 – that means an opportunity to potentially represent B.C. whether that’s as a member of Team BC (Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, U15, U16 or U18) or taking part in the Senior Bowl camp for graduating Grade 12 players.

COACHES at all levels should encourage their players to sign up for a Combine Series session. This is not only a tremendous opportunity to get an opportunity to work with top-level coaches during the off-season but also helps keep football on their minds year-round. Having a player from your program selected to represent Team BC also brings tremendous recognition to your program and the only way to be selected to play on Team BC is to first go through one of these Combine sessions.


The Combine is an opportunity for players to display their talents while being evaluated by experienced and trained coaches.

Players participating in the Combines are expected to show up on time and in top shape.

No equipment is required, but players should dress in comfortable clothing and bring proper footwear (all Combines are on turf fields except for the Richmond Combine which takes place on a special sport court similar to a gym floor). Mouth guards are recommended.


Dynamic Warm-Up:

Coaches will watch the players warm-up carefully as there are many indicators within the warm-up that help in a coach’s evaluation. Coaches will assist the ease in which athletes perform stretches and light movements that indicate balance, coordination and flexibility. Coaches will also determine early indicators of speed, change of direction and strength.

Standard Tests:

These tests are used throughout the football world as an evaluation tool and a means of comparison and setting goals.

40-yard dash – an indication of speed and acceleration

10-yard dash – an indication of explosive speed

Broad Jump – measures overall power and explosiveness

I-Test – measures agility, quickness and change of direction

Push-ups/Bench Press – upper-body strength and muscular endurance

*L-test (combination of speed, quickness and change of direction (not always done)

Football Specific Drills:

Coaches will work with a group of players in a specific position performing drills that relate to the demands of that position. They will assess footwork, ability to play low and with leverage, as well as eyes and body positioning. A brief example is given for each position below:

Quarterbacks – throwing

Receivers – catching

Running Backs – ball security

O-Line – power base and hand placement

D-Line – explosive get off and hand placement

Linebackers – body positioning and hand placement

Defensive Backs – back pedals and breaks

One on Ones:

Coaches will assess each player’s skills against an opponent. The player will display knowledge of the game and ability to adapt during action. The drill will have a winner and a loser so the result is a measurement coaches can decide on. At the end of the day we want to know if this player can “make plays.”

The Intangibles:

Throughout the Combine, coaches will also assess the following characteristics that ultimately determine our ability to put the team together. Some of the questions we want answered include:

Does the player display a positive attitude towards football and other players?

Does the player complete the drill from start to finish with full effort?

Does the player listen to directions and apply them quickly?

Does the player focus on the task or is he easily distracted?

We hope this gives you a better understanding of the Provincial Combine. We hope to see as many players as possible starting at the end of this month and throughout February.


If you have any questions about the Combine, contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at or call 604-816-5157.

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West Van Alumni Signs Full Scholarship Commitment to Texas

Blake Whiteley TE 6’5/245 of Arizona Western College has committed to the Texas Longhorns for the Class of 2014.

With over 70 catches in his Senior HS year, he was ranked the No. 1 Athlete in Canada.
Best High School Catches (1.08 mins)

Best High School Hits (47 secs)

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