The New Westminster Secondary School Hyacks coaching and support staff takes a holistic approach to our football program. It extends beyond the field, into the classroom and the community. When our players graduate – their resumes reflect the values of teamwork, commitment and hard work – thanks to their effort – and an enhanced program offering made possible by our sponsors.
Academics – NWSS Hyacks football players are considered “student-athletes” – with an emphasis on student. They must complete attendance and class participation sheets regularly in order to play.
Community Service – Our players are also expected to donate at least 3 days per year to community projects, including clinics in our elementary schools; muscling in for set-up and teardown at Hyack Days events; and pitching in for environmental clean-up projects. It’s a great way for our players to thank our sponsors and the community directly. In return, our sponsors and our community see that their social investment has paid off in the form of responsible and caring young players who are role models to their peers and younger athletes.
Leadership Development – and team building seminars and workshops include sessions on ‘proper use of social media’ and ‘leadership through change and challenges’, taught by educator and coach, Dave Sands. The players combined lessons from both to create Hyacks Against Bullying (almost 8,000 YouTube views so far!), produced with the assistance of Heartland TV star and Hyacks Football alumni, Graham Wardle.
Anyone Can Play – the chief criteria to becoming a Hyacks football player is a willingness to do the work. There are no barriers to membership. We’ve helped students in precarious family situations stay in school by giving them a sense of stability and belonging and the confidence to continue on to post-secondary education through football.
Boys and girls are encouraged to play – in fact, Shelby Mattin is our first graduating Hyack – with more girls following her through the ranks of our community Royal City Hyacks Football Club for boys and girls who are 5-13 years old. No one is left on the bench due to financial constraints either. We connect students with grant money and when necessary, the Hyacks Football Club finances their ability to participate.
Mentorship – Hyacks Alumni like Cody Husband, offensive lineman for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, and Torsten Jaccard return to the team that started it all for them. Watch a practice at Mercer Stadium and you’ll be surprised to see who shows up to coach and mentor new players!
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