Langley City Community Grants at work for Residents
February 28, 2017
Langley, BC – Langley City Council adopted the 2017 -2021 Financial Plan Bylaw at the Monday, February 20th Regular Council Meeting. Every year, as part of the Financial Plan Bylaw, City Council awards community grants to non-profits groups or organizations whose benefits and services are enjoyed by residents of the City. Community grants are typically awarded twice a year; the first intake of 2017 included the Vancouver Goalball Club, a member of BC Blind Sports.
The City of Langley is pleased to announce the 2017 International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam will be held in Langley City at Timms Community Centre (20399 Douglas Crescent) on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th. The City of Langley, BC Blind Sports and Accessible Media Inc. are sponsoring the event and teams from BC, Alberta as well as California, will be competing for 2017 International Goalball Grand Slam title as well as the $5,000 grand prize. Before the Bronze and Gold Medal Games on Saturday, March 4th, citizens can attend the public “Try It Out” event from 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Spectators are welcome and encouraged, as admission is free. For the full schedule visit www.vgclub.ca.
“The City of Langley is very pleased to be hosting the second International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam at Timms Community Centre, bringing athletes from across the globe to experience what our beautiful City has to offer,” said Recreation Supervisor, Christine Daum, “We are also very excited to introduce this fun, inclusive sport to our community and give our residents along with visitors from all over the lower mainland the opportunity to learn about this exciting sport and see world-class athletes in action.”
“Langley City Council has given out 51 community grants to various non-profits and organizations in our community including the Vancouver Goalball Club. On behalf of Council, we are happy to bring new, exciting and inclusive sports to Timms Community Centre,” said Mayor Schaffer. “The second submission intake deadline for the 2017 Community Grant Applications is June 30, 2017, and we hope more local community-oriented groups take advantage of this Langley City opportunity like Vancouver Goalball Club has.”
About Vancouver Goalball
Vancouver Goalball was established to create opportunities for blind and visually impaired athletes of all ages to participate in competitive and recreational goalball. Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for blind and visually impaired athletes. Created originally as a means of assisting rehabilitation of visually impaired WWII veterans, goalball is now played internationally and has been an official Paralympic sport since 1980. Goalball athletes compete in teams and try to throw a ball that has bells inside it into the opponents’ goal. Teams alternate throwing the ball from one end of the court to the other, using their bodies to block the ball from going in their net - using the sound of the bell to track its position and movement. Games consist of two 12 minute halves.