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BC Soccer provides financial support to KidSport BC and local soccer clubs specific to Safe Sport education

The Association recognizes the challenges youth clubs and participants may be facing in light of shifting household budget priorities. 

July 2, 2021 - Vancouver BC

These past 18 months have created challenges on families and non-profit sports organizations like never before.  Because sport will be a critical element in bringing communities back together and providing positive experiences for participants, BC Soccer has provided a $25,000 contribution to Kid Sport BC. 

Our continuing partnership and commitment to KidSport ensures that hundreds of families across the province that otherwise would not be able to do so, can enjoy participation in soccer.

Sport BC President and CEO, Rob Newman shared, “On behalf of KidSport BC and the kids and families this donation will directly support, I would like to thank BC Soccer for this generous donation. Soccer is played and loved in every community in our province and this donation will ensure more kids are in the game and not watching from the sidelines! Thank you for your commitment to KidSport BC’s vision So ALL Kids Can Play!

Safe Sport Support

In addition to our KidSport donation, BC Soccer is providing an additional financial commitment to all Youth Clubs within the membership, to help cover the costs in providing the Respect-In-Sport Activity Leader Safe Sport training to their coaches.

The Respect-In-Sport training is also a requirement with Canada Soccer Club Licensing and is designed to ensure the safety, well-being and happiness of all participants.  The total financial commitment by BC Soccer to support this initiative is just over $130,000 dollars.

“Both of these initiates support key elements within BC Soccer’s 2024 Strategic Plan”, said Jason Elligott, Executive Director, “Initially focusing on business resumption post-pandemic and supporting members and affiliated clubs, but equally important is increasing safe sport awareness and education.”

We are excited that people are eager to “Get Back in the Game” and hope that some of the post-pandemic financial barriers may be eased with the support of Kid Sport and the activity leaders will have increased awareness of sport safety to support everyone.    

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.