Community Focused. Committed to giving back to the community.
CMFSC is very community focused and has demonstrated its’ commitment through a variety of activities outlined below.
The Evergreen Fund
In March 2022, the Evergreen Fund (the Fund) was approved by the membership of Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club (CMFSC) and supported by an initial investment of up to $500,000 from the Club.
The Fund represents an investment towards building a healthy future for the community and ensuring that community sport and recreation is accessible, inclusive, and of the highest quality.
The Fund will serve as a permanent endowment supporting sport and recreation in the community, while providing flexibility to invest in public sector facilities development. By working with strategic partners, stakeholders, and community organizations, we will be able to grow the fund and create an enduring legacy for sport and recreation in the Tri-Cities.
CMFSC envisions The Fund supporting innovative partnerships with similarly aligned philanthropists and organizations, as well as expanded strategic relationships with charitable pillars in the Tri-Cities, such as SHARE Family Services, KidSport, MoreSport and DoWhatULuv. We will also collaborate and partner with key public sector stakeholders, including the municipalities, School District, Health and community foundations.
Amateur sport and recreation has a long history of success in the Tri-Cities, which should be celebrated and supported! It's time to come together to build an enduring legacy supporting youth development and strengthen families in the Tri-Cities!
Through shared services, best practices, collaboration, pooled funding, and financial development, we strive to support the development of:
- community non-profits
- public amentities
- education programs
What is a DAF? A Donor Advised Fund is a charitable giving vehicle established at an organization recognized by Canada Revenue Agency as a charity. It enables donors to make charitable contributions without specifying the charities that will ultimately benefit from their gift right away and the funds can grow tax-free. The donor receives an immediate donation receipt and can recommend grants from the fund to their preferred organizations and causes over time.
In 2011, CMFSC established a Capital Development Fund (CDF), with a vision of building a home for the club that included an indoor sports facility, meeting space and offices.
The vision evolved from our involvement in discussions with other community sports groups, School District 43 and the City of Coquitlam around the need for an indoor facility for sports. The indoor field-sports complex was originally envisioned to be a PNP (public/non-profit partnership), although a P3 (private/public partnership) was also explored.
The club and our private partners (DomeSports) engaged David Hewko Planning and Program Management (2014) and RF Binnie & Associates (2015) to conduct a feasibility study for a 86,000 SF, air-supported dome, to respond to the Request for Expressions of Interest released by School District #43’s Centennial High School site in 2017.
When the City and the School District completed a land swap for the construction of an outdoor, lighted, synthetic turf field at Centennial, the club shifted our focus to developing a business case for a scaled down (36,000 SF), rigid frame, indoor, field-sport centre with RC Strategies, which was submitted to the City of Coquitlam and School District #43 in 2019 and revised and resubmitted to the City of Coquitlam in 2021.
Despite a decade of effort, a strategic commitment to partnerships, business model pivots, completion of similar facilities in other jurisdictions, professional analysis and funding/operational support, the City of Coquitlam concluded in 2022 that community need/benefit, along with risks, costs and competing priorities were too significant to move forward on the project.
Community Focused. Committed to giving back to the community.
We pride ourselves in the ability to assist in the funding of community infrastructure, including Montgomery School field lighting, Charles Best bench/shelters, Porter Elementary goals and the investment of labour toward the City of Coquitlam and School District 43 fields. This support provides a positive soccer experience for all field users in the Tri-Cities.
Local Community Involvement:
Our Board members are also members of numerous other City, District and community based soccer organizations and committees, providing thousands of hours of volunteer hours on an annual basis including but not limited to:
- Coquitlam Fields Sport Association
- City of Coquitlam Sports Council
- Celebrate Coquitlam
- Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association
- BC Coastal Soccer League
- BC Soccer Premier League
- Vancouver Metro Soccer League
Local Community Charities:
In addition, club staff and volunteers support the following community charities in the Tri Cities:
CMFSC Contributes Annually to Kidsport Tri-Cities
For the last 11 years, the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club has supported KidSport Tri-Cities by including an opportunity to donate to KidSport on their player registration forms. For the last five seasons, the Club has covered the cost of all grants that KidSport provides to the Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC families. For the 2018 soccer season, this amounted to $38,057.00. In the last five seasons the total contributions to Kidsport Tri-Cities from Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC is $154,422.49. As a Club we look forward to continuing to support programs like these to eliminate financial barriers in our community for children to participate in soccer.
From humble beginnings here in BC, KidSport issued nearly $1.4 million in grants to just over 6700 kids in 2013 and has seen significant annual growth, particularly in the years subsequent to the 2010 Winter and Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
Our mission remains the same….to remove the financial barriers that prevent some children from playing organized sport!
Our vision…SO ALL KIDS CAN PLAY!
CMFSC Teams Up with SHARE for After School Soccer Programs at Tri-Cities Schools
Local Club Donating Resources to Make Soccer Accessible to Children from All Walks of Life
Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club (CMFSC) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with SHARE Family and Community Services to provide After School Soccer Programs at two Tri-Cities Elementary schools, beginning January 2015. CMFSC will be sending nationally certified coaches, as well as soccer equipment, to Mountain View Elementary and Roy Stibbs Elementary Schools to assist SHARE in providing its invaluable After School programs to Coquitlam youngsters.
CMFSC is funding this new After School program as part of its ongoing efforts to give back to the communities, and make the “beautiful game” of soccer accessible to children from all walks of life.
“CMFSC is very pleased to be partnering with SHARE Family and Community Services, a recognized leader in providing services to local communities,” said Alex Barnetson, President of CMFSC. “Our partnership with SHARE is yet another example of CMFSC's desire to invest in the future of the Tri-Cities, while giving back to the communities today. We support SHARE’s goal of making youth programs accessible for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status or ability.”
“One-in-five children experience poverty in the Tri-Cities,” said Martin Wyant, CEO of SHARE. “With this After School Soccer Program, CMFSC and SHARE will help ensure that the benefits of sport, soccer and team play are available on an extensive and inclusive basis to families and children throughout Coquitlam, especially to those who may not be able to afford to participate in team sports.”
SHARE is a non-profit, independent, community based agency providing leadership and programs in response to the social and health needs of the residents of the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra) and adjacent communities. SHARE is a registered charity providing community development and community-based social services.
"Our sincere appreciation and gratitude goes to Metro Ford Soccer Club for supporting the SHARE After School Program 2015-2016 groups. SHARE Family and Community Services offers free After School Programs at Roy Stibbs Elementary and Mountain View Elementary schools, which are both located in Burquitlam area. SHARE After School Program is offered in 3 cycles of 6 weeks per year. Metro Ford Soccer Club has enabled SHARE to offer soccer during the 3 program groups this past school year. During each 6-week group, they trained up to 55 children, 5 to 12 years old. The Club provided equipment and expertise in soccer training, and contributed a total of 288 hrs of their time during the school year. Soccer is a very popular program among the children attending both schools, so we are very grateful to the Club and to the coaches for their dedication and hard work. We are looking forward to our continued partnership in the next school year (2016-2017)." - Sangeeta Sirohi | Share Society
KICK FOR A CURE
Assisting in the fight against childhood cancer . More information is available on our KFAC Page.
DOMENIC MOBILIO FOUNDATION
Supporting the various events to raise funds through bequests, gifts, donations and annual golf tournament and expends or administers these funds to advance education by providing scholarships to post-secondary students in financial need and to gift funds to other registered charities or organizations
CMFSC is proud to support the Special Olympics BC - Coquitlam Program. We support this program by providing uniforms and a training location. CMFSC Alumni coaches are also involved in this program.
Building Community through Sports
Moresports is a registered non-profit society that aims to provide sports and leadership opportunities accessible to all children and youth. As programs are developed and run by the community, Moresports is able to stay in tune with the needs and diversity of the community to make inclusive and sustainable programming. Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club is proud to provide our experienced and passionate staff coaches to these programs to give back to the community by supporting the physical learning of all.
For more information about Moresports visit their website: https://moresports.org
Supporting a variety of Developing Countries
The CMFSC and it's members have been actively involved with supporting developing countries, including support for: The Nomad Sports Academy, The Salvation Army, Kenya Childres, and many more.
Our Over 40's team visits Africa
Recently one of our Over 40’s players visited South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia. Sebastian Tirtirau and his wife Carmen are founders of a non-profit organization in Zambia, by the Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
The organization is Nomad Sports Academy for Orphans, and we are very happy to support such an organization. Visit Website
In support of the Salvation Army
In support of the Salvation Army, Vivienne Royle recently travelled to Zimbabwe and following is her testimonial from her trip
We just returned from Zimbabwe.
Our next project was supporting the local soccer program. We are very involved in soccer at home so I was very excited to see it Zimbabwe-style! We hosted two clinics and an area tourney. The two Zimbabwean men who ran the program were impressively skilled and very good with the kids. The clinics were obviously very important to the kids. To have one new ball for each boy and girl to use and cones to organize the event blew them away - and it is something we so take for granted. Their love of the game and their fearlessness left me feeling inspired. The tournament was a HUGE deal for the entire community. Many dignitaries, families, school children, community workers and people who just love the sport came out to watch. The environment was electric. The competition was fierce and it was mind blowing to watch kids with cleats play against kids in bare feet - and the barefooted kids did not back away! The players and coaches were so grateful for the many prizes (including jerseys, shorts, balls, nets) we provided. Again, these were items we at home take for granted, but were gold to these teams. Once again, I felt very fortunate to be Canadian.
Metro Ford, thank you so much for donating two sets of jerseys again this year. They are very, very much appreciated!
Soccer donations provided by CMFSC to Kenya Children
Ryan Sayer and his wife Kerrie recently spent their honeymoon in Kenya and while visiting their sponsor child, they also delivered soccer donations provided by CMFSC that were provided in lieu of guests providing wedding gifts. A very generous offering on behalf of Ryan and Kerrie.
Soccer donations provided by CMFSC to Africa, South and Central America
We have provided used uniforms and equipment to a variety of developing countries in Africa, South and Central America through various organizations including the Tri-Cities Rotary.
Soccer donations provided by CMFSC for Boots Without Borders
My name is Ziyana Samanani (I play on Jeremy Low's U17 HPL team). I am the project manager for Boots Without Borders- the initiative that Metro Ford donated gear to in December. AJ Nielsen helped me co-ordinate the gear pick up with you.
I just wanted to thank you for your generous donation to this initiative. When I talked to AJ last, she mentioned that Metro Ford would like some pictures to post on the club website. Attached are a few pictures of the girls wearing the Metro Ford gear, as well as a short video clip from Kenyan News (the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy was featured for International Women's Day and there is footage of the girls playing in the uniforms). I am sorry for the delay in getting these to you.
Once again, thank you for the contribution. All of the girls in Kibera loved their new kits.
Abetavu Community Development Project – Hidden Talent Football Club
By way of CMFSC members, Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC has been connected to the Hidden Talent Football Club & Abetavu Community Development Project with a donation of soccer kits. Abetavu provides a loving and nurturing family environment for Uganda’s orphaned and vulnerable children and also is a lifeline for their community. They provide such services as school sponsorship programs, daily special needs program, support group for parents of children with special needs, teen girls support group, youth and young adult soccer club outreach, children’s church, community library and homework club, animal husbandry and farm training, emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse, crisis conselling, and child/women advocacy. To see the incredible work being done by Carli Travers and Robert Birungi for the children of Uganda, please visit their website http://abetavu.org.