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BC Soccer celebrates and supports KidSport BC Powered by Sport BC Week

As BC’s largest Provincial Sport Organization, we sincerely appreciate the efforts of KidSport especially during these challenging times.

September 13, 2021 – Vancouver BC

As soccer returned to the parks and fields of Coastal BC communities, while the Northern and Interior seasons reach their conclusions, BC Soccer wanted to acknowledge the work being done to ensure that “all kids can play”.  Today marks the beginning of “KidSport BC Powered by SportBC Week”.

The financial pressure on families over the least 18 months has impacted all sport, and soccer is no different.  We are hoping that the months ahead are less disrupted, and that everyone, especially kids, can continue to play sports.

BC Soccer Executive Director Jason Elligott says participation sport is going to play an essential role in the physical and mental health of young people:  “Children and young people in general have been affected a lot over the last year and a half, and in many cases, have been forced to deal with inactivity and isolation.  Bonding with team-mates, being active, gaining confidence, and having fun, has so many health benefits, but especially now.  Thanks to KidSport, many kids who otherwise weren’t able to take part because of financial pressures, are able to participate.”

Participation in sport transcends physical activity…it impacts the health of entire communities. Since 1993, KidSport has helped over 1,000,000 kids play their favourite sports, and in just the last 5 years alone, 42,000 of those were for soccer across the country.    

In July, BC Soccer increased its annual KidSport donation to $25,000.00 in order to hopefully assist with the anticipated increases in subsidy requests during registration periods. We encourage you to make a donation to KidSport BC so “all kids can play”. 

About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in.

The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.