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BC Soccer Expands Club Charter Program

Vancouver BC, September 11, 2018 – Inclusion and national programming alignment are important to BC Soccer, which has lead to the expansion of BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program. At the September 8, 2018 board meeting, the BC Soccer board approved the BC Soccer Club Charter Associate Member Inclusion Policy. This policy allows current and future associate member organizations the option to join BC Soccer’s Charter Program.

First introduced in 2016, BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program is designed to assist and support members and their affiliated soccer clubs with the objective of providing players, parents, referees and coaches assurance that a charter club is operating, and meeting set standards both on and off the field.

The program’s expansion now enables associate members to join the Charter Program, receive added support from BC Soccer, along with the ability to obtain the charter designation. The criteria standards are effectively the same as any affiliated club, however, some criteria have been amended to reflect the differences in organizational type.

“We are excited to bring the charter program to the associate members who wish to participate,” said BC Soccer President, Kjeld Brodsgaard. “Having this policy allows us for the first time to be able to formally review soccer environments outside of the full membership structure.”

“Canada Soccer introduced the National Club Licensing Program in early August 2018, which allows all soccer organizations the ability to apply and participate.” said, BC Soccer Executive Director, Jason Elligott. “We are pleased to align the BC Soccer Club Charter Program with those same inclusion principles.”

To view the BC Soccer Club Charter Associate Member Inclusion Policy – CLICK HERE.

For more information on BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program – CLICK HERE or contact Soccer Development Officer, Paul Turner at paultuner@bcsoccer.net.  

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, 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.  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. 

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.