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BC Soccer Supports Pink Shirt Day on February 22 to Help End Bullying

Vancouver BC, February 22, 2017 -  February 22nd is Pink Shirt Day, a day dedicated to helping raise awareness end bullying both online (internet) and offline. BC Soccer supports this initiative and is encouraging all members, clubs, leagues, players, parents, coaches, volunteers and referees to help rid soccer and the world from bullying.  Over the last year BC Soccer has made it priority to develop actions and policies to address bullying in soccer.

 

“Bullying and abuse in sport has to stop and all of us at BC Soccer are proud to support Pink Shirt Day as well as our #respectall campaign and ViaSport’s #erasebullying campaign,” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director. “The BC Soccer Board and staff have made it a priority to support these initiatives to and we encourage all of those involved in sport to do the same and to help ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow within a positive environment.”

On February 22, BC Soccer staff will be sporting pink shirts, symbolizing that the entire assocation will not tolerate bullying or abuse of any kind.  Through social media and on-fields across the Province BC Soccer will continue their strong stance against abuse and bullying.  BC Soccer has #Respectall signs available to all members and they’re encouraging everyone to #respectall and #erasebullying to show their support throughout the entire year.

BC Soccer has also signed the ViaSport Pledge to #erasebullying and is encouraging all BC Soccer members to do the same and help BC Soccer lead the way toward a safer more supportive sport environment.

To learn more about BC Soccer’s #respectall campaign and to learn more about ViaSport’s #erasebullying campaign please Click Here

To Sign the ViaSport Pledge Click Here

For more information on Pink Shirt Day please visit:  www.pinkshirtday.ca

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.