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BC Soccer shares Safe Sport Program Assessment Report Response & Plan

BC Soccer also provides its new Inclusion and Diversity Policy 

May 15th, 2020 - Vancouver BC

Following publication of a blog in February 2019 containing troubling accounts from within a higher performance team environment, and assertions of systemic cultural behaviours within our sport, BC Soccer’s Board of Directors determined the association must conduct a thorough third-party review focusing on safety in the sport of soccer in our province.

Rubin Thomlinson LLP was retained as the independent investigators in Spring 2019 and the process of gathering information began, starting with an open invitation to participate in a wider ranging survey, followed by targeted surveys within the BC Soccer Premier League, Provincial soccer programs, and finally one-on-one interviews of individuals who volunteered to do so.  The procedure also included a full review of the bylaws, rules and policies of BC Soccer.

On December 20, 2019, the Report was shared publicly on BC Soccer’s website and through direct communication to members and affiliated clubs across BC Soccer’s social media channels. Within the report, Rubin Thomlinson LLP made 10 recommendations to BC Soccer to improve the manner in which it, as the governing body for the sport of soccer in BC, supports safety and addresses concerns about safety in the sport of soccer in BC.

Since December, BC Soccer has been reviewing the recommendations and on May 9th, BC Soccer’s Board of Directors approved the Report Response and Plan. READ: the full Safe Sport Program Assessment Report Response & Plan here.

On May 9th, BC Soccer’s Board of Directors also approved the association’s Inclusion and Diversity Policy. 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. We encourage all members and affiliated organizations to apply the policy within their organizations.

READ BC Soccer’s Inclusion and Diversity policy here.

BC Soccer’s Safe Sport Position 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.

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.