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BC Soccer To Introduce High Performance License for BCSPL Franchise Clubs

BC Soccer hires Mike Salmon as High Performance Lead to work with BC Soccer’s Luca Dalla Pace and support the High Performance Clubs in British Columbia

Vancouver BC February 16, 2016 – BC Soccer is pleased to be introducing, over the next 6-12 months to the franchise clubs within the BCSPL, a standards based High Performance License. To help support this initiative, along with the wider high performance soccer environment in BC, BC Soccer has appointed Mike Salmon as a High Performance Lead.   

“We are really happy to be able to introduce the new High Performance License which follows the announcement of the new Club Charter Program,” said Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development. “Mike Salmon will be a great asset for all the of the High Performance clubs and we hope that they take advantage of his support and experience.”

The BC Soccer High Performance License is a free service designed to assist and support all the BCSPL franchise clubs with the overall objective of improving the high performance environment in BC.  Each club will need to not only meet the available standard within the new Club Charter Program, but also will be required to uphold the set technical criteria and guidelines within the High Performance License. 

BC Soccer will work with each of the BCSPL franchise clubs and support them throughout the process to further create a supportive environment for these clubs to improve their and the league’s operation both on and off the field. 

BC Soccer welcomes Mike Salmon to the High Performance Lead role position which is designed to support the overall high performance environment in BC and assist the High Performance Clubs to reach and exceed the standards outlined within both the BC Soccer Club Charter Program as well as the High Performance License.

“This is an exciting time for High Performance soccer in British Columbia and we are very happy to be able to introduce this license,” said Carlos Grosso, BC Soccer Board of Director and Chair of the High Performance Soccer Development Committee. “We are confident that Mike Salmon will be an supportive resource for HP Clubs and that he will be able to assist all the clubs in achieving the outlined standards.”

The introduction of the HP license comes after the Governance and Structural Review of the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League which took place in 2015.  This third party review brought with it various recommendations, including restructuring the BCSPL technical Committee to have a larger voice in the decision making within the overall league and a direct report mechanism into BC Soccer High Performance Soccer Development Committee. Mike Salmon brings to BC Soccer a wealth of knowledge and experience including his coaching certification at the UEFA ‘A’ License level.  He has worked in a number of professional soccer environments, including with Canadian Men’s and Women’s National Team as an Analyst/Coach, a first team Goalkeeping Coach and Video Analyst with Whitecaps FC, and an Academy Goalkeeping coach for the U16’s -U21’s at Arsenal Football Club.

Information on High Performance License will be made available to the BCSPL franchise clubs. For more information on the new BC Soccer Club Charter Program please Click Here

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. It is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants. Our mission is to develop the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. As a professional not-for-profit society, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for our 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.  We believe in the universal passion of our global game and the power it has to unite and motivate communities.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its member Youth Districts and 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 will promote the soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.