A non-profit, community-based, minimal-cost basketball program affiliated with the Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletics Association (VSSAA) for girls in grade 6 to 11, with the aim of providing opportunities for skills development as well as for those seeking competition in game/tournament play at the U13/U15/U17 levels in the spring to fall off-season.
“Rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it.”
– John Wooden
*update: due to new flooring being installed for the gym at john oliver and vsb health and safety restrictions still in effect for community users, our aces PROGRAMMING will look to resume in the fall of 2021. thank you for your continued interest and we hope to see everyone in the fall! if players are looking for ideas and tips, let us know and we can put you in touch with one of our coaches!*
Participants from beginners to advanced are all welcome, with opportunities available for the more advanced in a competitive stream of games and tournaments. Players from all regions are welcome, with a primary focus being to provide development and playing opportunities in the Vancouver South/Central local demographic area. The program is meant to be an inclusive program for the local area and not school-specific.
All coaches are volunteers with a wide range of qualifications and experiences, from NCCP coaching certification levels, sport administration and management, to community youth and sports programming and teaching Physical and Health Education at the secondary age levels, with years of experience (playing as well as coaching) that span the high school and collegiate levels.
Through volunteerism, donations, sponsorship, and individual participant support the aim is to minimize or, if needed, to waive fees. The program philosophy is to remove financial barriers and improve access for local area girls to participate in quality developmental and competitive sport opportunities.
In addition to playing the sport of basketball, the Vancouver Aces Basketball Program also seeks to provide opportunities in areas of volunteerism, leadership, coaching development and mentorship, seeking to develop skills and core values that will enable and empower females in sport.
The Aces Basketball Program is thankful to the CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids) Foundation for their ongoing support, helping to allow the Aces to look after some initial costs in starting up the club and the ongoing delivery of the program goals. For more information on the great work of CLICK please go to: https://www.clicktokids.ca/
The Aces Basketball Program is also honoured to be one of five recipients of the 2019 City of Vancouver Community Sports Champions Awards as part of the 2019 Women Deliver Conference; this award also involved receiving a grant that has greatly assisted the program towards meeting its objectives of reducing financial barriers and increasing access for participants. For more information please see the links below.
The VSSAA Vancouver Aces Basketball Program operates out of:
John Oliver Secondary
530 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC.
“COACHING GIRLS IN SPORT – WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS” – article from ACTIVE FOR LIFE
CITY OF VANCOUVER – COMMUNITY SPORT CHAMPIONS RECOGNITION
Descriptions and Interviews as part of the 2019 WOMEN DELIVER CONFERENCE hosted by Vancouver, BC, June 3-6, 2019