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BC Soccer Welcomes Canada Soccer’s Strategic Plan

Technical leadership, growing and governing the game and National team performance are key priorities of Canada Soccer’s strategic plan

Vancouver BC, 23rd January 2014 – The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) unveiled its latest road map today, a strategic vision for soccer in Canada 2014-2018 .  BC Soccer, a member of the Canadian Soccer Association and the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion, development and governance of the game of soccer in British Columbia, welcomes the plan and looks forward to working collaboratively with the CSA to bring it to life.

BC Soccer launched their own three year strategic plan in 2012 and the key priority directions of it which were developed from member and stakeholder feedback, align and complement the CSA’s plan. Already the BC Soccer strategic plan has delivered free coach education initiatives, a new BC Soccer building and website, and the enhancement of Provincial Championships, details of which have been periodically shared with the membership and soccer community.

“BC Soccer welcomes the national leadership that the Canadian Soccer Association is taking through this strategic plan and we feel we are very much aligned and focused as a Provincial Association to be able to support their strategic priorities,” said Roger Barnes President of BC Soccer.  “The CSA’s focus is quite rightly on the technical leadership and structure that is necessary to produce consistent, world-class performances by the national team. Developing more high performance players for Canada is already defined as a key objective for BC Soccer. A strong quality grassroots environment is also essential to encouraging the growth of the game in British Columbia and Canada. We are committed to our responsibility to provide the absolute best in development, competitions, and governance for the 120,000 youth and adult players in BC who are the heart and soul of our sport.”

Technical leadership is one of the key priorities for the CSA with plans to improve the level of appropriate education for coaches in soccer.  BC Soccer is committed to and making significant investment in coach education with initiatives such as year round free Grassroots and Active Start coaching courses and its current offering where the Fundamentals and Learn to Train courses are also free to clubs and leagues before March 31, 2014.

BC Soccer’s strategic plan has six priority directions; Support of Membership, Competitions and Soccer Events, Financial and Organizational Management, Governance, Player and Coach Development and Referee development.

Canada Soccer’s Strategic Plan focuses on four strategic priorities; Invest in technical leadership by supporting our players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, Ensure consistent world-class performances by our National Teams, encourage the growth of the game our country, govern the game in Canada professionally in collaboration with our partners.

To learn more about BC Soccer’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan please click HERE

To learn more about the Canadian Soccer Associations (CSA) 2014-18 Strategic Plan please click HERE