BC Soccer launches Diversity Working Group

VANCOUVER, BC – BC Soccer is pleased to announce the formation of the newly created Diversity Working Group which will provide direction and guide the development of the game of soccer in British Columbia as it relates to issues of diversity.

As a first priority, and in line with the BC Soccer strategic plan and objective of enhancing the diversity of females participating in soccer as players, volunteers, administrators and coaches, the committee is facilitating a number of ‘Women in Soccer Dialogues’.

These open discussions will provide members of the soccer community the ability to discuss the status of overall female involvement in soccer, the challenges faced and opportunities available and how BC Soccer can provide support to encourage further participation.

Co-Chairs for the Working group Murray Mollard, Director, BC Soccer Board of Directors and Shannon Pederson, Alouette District Chair stated, "We believe that there is a need for a constructive conversation about the challenges and potential solutions women face in soccer, from playing, to coaching, to refereeing, up to and including women's participation in governance of the game. We are pleased that the Board of Directors of BC Soccer supports this initiative and we look forward to conveying helpful ideas about enhancing diverse participation at all levels of soccer."

Members of the Diversity Working Group include former Women’s National Team Coach / current University of Victoria Women’s Soccer Head Coach - Tracy David, FIFA Referee - Michelle Pye, and Sara Maglio - Technical Director for Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club.

BC Soccer held an initial forum which was very well attended in Victoria in late October 2012 and following the formation of the group last month, further “Women in Soccer Dialogues” are set to continue in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley with dialogues to be scheduled in Kelowna and Kamloops in April.  BC Soccer welcomes anyone interested in the female side of the game to attend and share their outlook.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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