BC Soccer Hosts Successful 2017 FREE Soccer Conference


Technical Director Diploma Course and Grassroots Referee Symposium top off incredible educational weekend

Vancouver BC, Tuesday December 12, 2017 – BC Soccer is pleased to have welcomed this past Sunday over 225 people to its 2017 BC Soccer Conference. Leading into the conference, BC Soccer also hosted their first ever Technical Director Diploma as well as their annual Grassroots Referee Symposium. Hosting these events combined made for an informative and educational weekend of soccer here in BC.  

BC Soccer Conference

The BC Soccer Conference kicked off on Sunday with a thought provoking keynote address from Canada Soccer’s Director of Development, Jason de Vos. Attendees received insight and perspectives on youth player development and national direction on activity associated with developing soccer in Canada. Following the keynote, attendees moved into smaller lecture style and working group presentations and activities in the areas of, 1) Club Management and Administration lead by Paul Varian of Capitas Consulting, 2) Head Referee Certification lead by BC Soccer’s Referee Development Coordinator Jose Branco and Referee National instructor Bob Sawtell, 3) Discipline Management lead by BC Soccer’s Competitions and Discipline Manager and BC Soccer’s legal counsel Eileen Vanderburgh of Alexandar Holburn Beaufin + Lang LLP, and 4)  Player and Coach Programming with four presenters being BC Soccer’s Chris Cerroni , Canada Soccer’s Simon Eaddy, and Emma Humphries and Craig Dalrymple from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Wrapping up the conference BC Soccer’s Women In Soccer working group held a networking event which focused on brainstorming and discussion the barriers that women face in soccer.

“On behalf of BC Soccer, I wanted to thank all of those who attended the BC Soccer Conference and it was great to have individuals from our soccer communities from across the province attend. I also want to thank all of the presenters who shared their insight and experience with all the conference attendees.” said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer President.

“The conference was a great opportunity for many of the passionate soccer individuals in the province to get together to learn as well as to share their knowledge with each other. Events like this strengthen the soccer community in British Columbia while also providing a great learning environment for everyone. said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director. “Providing more educational opportunities to support soccer in BC, is very important to BC Soccer. Offering and delivering both the Soccer Conference and the Technical Director Diploma are direct objectives within the association’s strategic plan.”

Technical Director Diploma

The Friday and Saturday leading up to the soccer conference, BC Soccer also held their first ever Technical Director Diploma at Fortius Sport and Health.  More than 80 Coaches and Technical Directors attended the two day course which was presented by Paul Varian of Capitas Consulting.  The TD Diploma consisted of lectures and group work focusing on off field components of technical director roles.  Hosting a Technical Director Diploma was also one of BC Soccer’s Strategic objectives and BC Soccer is proud to have been able to offer it this year.

“Having 80 Coaches and Technical Directors sign up for the TD Diploma course shows the commitment of individuals within BC have to improving the learning environments for all players,” said Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development. “This course was a tremendous success and I want to thank Paul Varian for delivering such an informative course.”

Referee Grassroots Seminar

BC Soccer held its annual Grassroots Referee Symposium on Saturday in Burnaby with over 100 grassroots referees attended the Symposium which provided both on field and in classroom learning sessions specific to refereeing.  Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator and Bob Sawtell, Canada Soccer National Referee Instructor led the sessions with BC Soccer Referee Development Officers supporting the activity.

“Having so many engaged grassroots referees as well as the BC Soccer Grassroots Referee Development Officers all in on area creates a wonderful and consistent learning environment for everyone to develop,” said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator. “I want to thank all of those who attended the symposium as well as I want to thank Bob Sawtell for all of his hard work.”

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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 sport 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 active, health and involved lifestyle