Grandview Legion Soccer To Celebrate 50th Anniversary
The Grandview Legion Youth Soccer Club is one of the oldest operated youth soccer club in British Columbia and probably in Canada.
The concept came to life from initiatives taken by ex-servicemen from Grandview Legion Branch No. 179, who had sound knowledge of the game. They saw the need of the neighborhood children to have the opportunity to be exposed and participate in a team sport like soccer.
Hastings East district of the city has always been a hotbed of soccer. Possibly the fact that soccer”s home, Callister Park, was in the area explains it in the past. Possibly the real reason of soccer”s success in the East End is the enthusiasm of the game”s workers. A large influx of Italian immigrants in the 1950”s saw a number of these new Canadians as volunteers in the soccer program.
Juvenile and junior soccer teams dominated the Vancouver and District for many years once Grandview won six out of seven provincial titles in the annual Sun Tournament of Champions. Buz Parsons, Bob, Sam & Dan Lenarduzzi, Dale Mitchell, Gary Ayre, Colin Miller, Bruce Wilson, Ken Whitehead, Bruce Miller, Dino & Carlo Alberti, Frank Ciacia, Lui Passaglia and Victor Kodelja are few of our former players that have played for Grandview Legion.
All this happened in 1951 when the Legion started with a four-team house league for ten years and under. This year our soccer program will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. In the course of the last 50 years, we have unfortunately lost contact with some of our former athletes, coaches and friends of the program. We are in the process of updating our records so that we may keep all of our alumni and friends informed and involved in our soccer family. On the weekend of May 14th, 2005, we will be holding a very special reunion, or “Homecoming”, for all of the former players, coaches, managers, trainers, and executives that helped make Grandview Legion to soccer prominence. We will be providing periodic information on the Grandview Legion Soccer web site regarding special events and scheduling information about the event.
Alumni Soccer Game: Saturday May 14th @ 1:00pm, Beaconsfield Park (behind the ICSF hall) Contact: Doug Wolstenholm Phone: 604-294-8026 or Bill Mitchell Phone: 604-465-1932
REUNION DINNER and DANCE: Saturday, May 14th, ICSF Hall @ 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
Contact: Bill Mitchell Phone: 604-465-1932 / Ken Grant Phone: 604-436-1969 or Ernie Griffin Phone: 604-255-5640