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An Open Letter from the President and BC Soccer Board of Directors

BC Soccer President, Kjeld Brodsgaard updates BC Soccer's response to recent allegations.  

March 1, 2019 
 
Dear BC Soccer Members, Affiliated Organizations, and the soccer community in BC,

BC Soccer is deeply troubled, as were members of the soccer community in BC, by the details of a blog released on Monday February 25th, which chronicled a series of disturbing allegations stemming initially from 2006-2008.  Of particular concern was the assertion that these were systemic cultural behaviors that were being ignored right through to present day.

Upon fully digesting the allegations and with support from our legal counsel, BC Soccer outlined its position through a statement dated Tuesday February 26th.

The Board of Directors then called an emergency meeting Wednesday February 27th, at which time full agreement, to initiate an independent third-party review, was reached.

The scope of the review will be determined by BC Soccer’s Risk Management Committee Chair, and focus on jurisdiction, policy and procedures, to examine whether there are systemic cultural behaviors affecting the safety of players.  The outcome of the investigative review and any recommendations will be compiled with support from legal counsel and shared with BC Soccer’s membership. As dates are established, they will be communicated to the BC Soccer’s membership.

The board also encouraged organizations responsible for other jurisdictions to take a similar approach, with BC Soccer’s full support and co-operation. 

BC Soccer has, within the last few days, learned that our National Governing body has an established independent whistleblower hotline, operated by a third party. A link to the hotline and information about the hotline will be permanently located on the front page of our website at https://bcsoccer.net/canada-soccer-whistleblower.

Per BC Soccer board of directors:

Kjeld Brodsgaard                             
President                                            
BC Soccer