BIFC is a medium sized non-profit Soccer Club serving the Bainbridge Island WA community and attracting players from around the Kitsap Pennisula. We offer a range of programs and competitive levels at all ages. At BIFC we believe soccer is about doing things properly. About making sure everyone has a chance to be involved in soccer, regardless of ability, gender, or disability. About encouraging and increasing the involvement at all levels of soccer, and about having fun doing it. It’s about making opportunities available, and about using the power of soccer to build the best environment for our players to thrive as they seek their own pathway in playing the beautiful game. Our club logo provides the essence of our program where our stars on our jerseys represent soccer for all. There is a place for you at BIFC – come join us!
Why doe your club think it is important to twin with Flanders Peace Field?
This is a brilliant concept that offers BIFC a way to expand, in a positive and global sense, our soccer culture on Bainbridge Island. For our youth, this is important and positive history to know and understand at a time when typical news on a global scale is about tragedy, conflict and war. Allows for the application of modern day sportsmanship and fair play in a historical context. We also would like to twin with Flanders Peace Field and create links with like-minded clubs through the International Children’s Football Alliance across Europe and the rest of the world.
THE FIRST CLUB IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Bainbridge Island Football Club, Seattle, USA are the first soccer club in the States to twin their soccer pitch with Flander’s Peace Field, site of the 1914 Christmas Truces. Paul Cooper, National Projects Director at The International Children’s Football Allaince presented Matti Vandemeale, Director of The Peace Village, BIFC’s Peace Field Project Plaque on the United Nations International Day of Peace (21st September, 2016) in Messines, Belgium.
Hobe Sound Soccer Club, Florida, are the first soccer club in Florida to twin their peace pitch with Flanders Peace Field, Mesen, Belgium, site of The First World War 1914 Christmas Truces. The Club’s peace pitch will advocate friendship, sportsmanship and citizenship.