What is the Sheila and Stephenie Allt Memorial Soccer Tournament?
The Sheila and Stephenie Allt Memorial Soccer Tournament (also referred to as the “Allt Tournament”) is a soccer tournament in memory of Sheila and Stephenie Allt, mother and daughter, whose love for soccer lives on through family, friends and the tournament.
What is the story behind the Allt Tournament?
The tournament is in memory of two wonderful people that were tragically lost on October 7, 2002. Sheila and Stephenie Allt, mother and daughter, were returning home from a school soccer game in Tantallon, Nova Scotia, when their car hydroplaned on the rain soaked highway only minutes from home.
To honour and remember them, two of Stephenie’s best friends, Kate Elliot and Mallory Comeau, came up with the idea of a soccer tournament in their memory. The hometown soccer community of Timberlea, Nova Scotia embraced the idea of something to honour and remember their friends.
What is the tournament’s mission?
The tournament’s goal is to bring together young soccer players early in the season for fair play, and above all, to enjoy the spirit of the sport. Both Sheila and Stephenie loved soccer, they loved the community that supported the sport and the loved the friendships that developed because of it. It is those friends that will work tirelessly each year to grow the tournament.
Is the Allt Tournament a tournament for boys and girls teams?
Yes, since 2015, the Allt Tournament is a co-ed soccer tournament open to all age levels.
How many games are each competition level guaranteed?
For U10, U11 and U12 age groups, teams are guaranteed a minimum of 4 games (no medal rounds).
For all other age groups, teams are guaranteed a minimum of 3 games (plus medal rounds).
Has the tournament grown throughout the years?
The tournament has continued to grow since the very first year in 2003 when it was located on grass fields in the Halifax County region. Since 2004, the tournament has been held on turf fields at Soccer Nova Scotia, and was one of the first tournaments in Nova Scotia to do so.
Known for being a “pre-season” tournament, the Allt Tournament has continued to attract teams at many different age levels, from many different areas throughout Atlantic Canada. Coaches and players continue to express their love for the timing of the tournament, as it gives teams a chance to come together to compete outdoors prior to their season beginning.
The tournament now holds age levels from U10 to U18.
With the help of many volunteers, lots of tears, and mostly lots of love, we are proud to be hosting the 16th annual Sheila and Stephenie Allt Memorial Soccer Tournament.
When does the tournament take place?
The Allt Tournament takes place each year on the Victoria Day long weekend. This year, the tournament falls takes place May 17-20, 2019.
Where is the tournament located?
The tournament is located at the Soccer Nova Scotia facility (also known as Mainland Common, and most recently known as the BMO Soccer Centre), located at 210 Thomas Raddall Dr. in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Both outdoor and indoor facilities are located at the same address.
Soccer Nova Scotia is just a short 5 minute car ride away from many hotels, restaurants, banks and grocery stores, making it easy for teams from out of town to stay close to the field. It is also the ideal location for teams wanting to partake in “team bonding” sessions over a team meal.
Where do the proceeds from the tournament go?
The Sheila and Stephenie Allt Memorial Soccer Tournament is a not-for-profit event. All proceeds are donated to memorial scholarship funds at Soccer Nova Scotia, Mount Saint Vincent University and Ridgecliff Middle School.
Who runs the tournament?
Volunteers are the heart of our tournament. The Allt Tournament is entirely volunteer based, and is run by a small, but mighty, committee:
Tournament Co-chairs: Stephen Allt and Judy Elliot,
Tournament Co-founders: Kate Elliot and Mallory Comeau
Tournament Committee Members: Jennifer Elliot, Stephenie Dockrill, Amanda Gurney, Kathy Comeau, Cindy Dockrill, Nancy MacDonald, Bruce MacDonald, Rob Naylor, Pam Williams.
The tournament also could not run without the many volunteers that help out during the event by either field marshaling, working at the canteen, selling clothing, etc. We appreciate each and every one of you!
Is this a Soccer Nova Scotia sanctioned tournament?
Yes, the Allt Tournament is sanctioned by Soccer Nova Scotia.
Is there food at the tournament?
Yes, the tournament has a fully functioning canteen and barbeque on hand, located at the outdoor fields. All proceeds from the canteen go directly into the scholarship funds mentioned above.
If we are coming from out of town, where can we stay?
Future Inns Halifax Hotel & Conference Centre is located just down the street and is close to Bayers Lake Business Park for all other amenities.
Also, Mount Saint Vincent University (located 5 minutes away from Mainland Commons) proudly rents out various residences to the traveling public.
Is the Allt Tournament active on social media?
Yes, you can find the Allt Tournament on various social media accounts and contact by email: