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BC Soccer Wants all Individuals Involved in Soccer to #Respectall

#respectall campaign aimed to highlight amazing sportsmanship throughout BC while eliminating poor behavior on the field, sidelines and in the boardroom

Vancouver BC, December 12, 2016– BC Soccer is looking to highlight great sportsmanship and eliminate poor behavior with their new #respectall campaign. Aligned to help support their campaign, BC Soccer has created signs to help all involved in soccer to remember to be Respectful and to #respectall while at pitches and facilities across British Columbia.

                     


The #respectall campaign will be on going throughout 2017 via BC Soccer social media channels and BC Soccer is encouraging others to participate by showing great sportsmanship on social media using the hashtag #respectall. Alongside the online campaign, they are also offering free signs to any BC Soccer member and their affiliate clubs who wish to post them up at their facilities. The signs were created to help individuals to be respectful and #respectall. Printed on coroplast at a size of 11x17 the signs were designed to withstand the outdoors.

“Respecting everyone while participating in soccer should be common sense; however, all too often we’re seeing behavior that is unacceptable, “said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer President. “Every year there are numerous youth players and officials who stop participating in soccer because people are unable to refrain from abusive behavior and through this campaign we hope to keep those players and officials active in the game of soccer by highlighting all of the incredible sportsmanship that happens every weekend.”

With more than 120,000 players taking part in soccer programming all across the province, BC Soccer knows there are amazing stories of club executives working together, leagues collaborating, and players going the extra mile for both teammates and opponents.  The #respectall campaign will inspire other clubs and participants to follow in those footsteps and continue to #respectall to better the game of soccer across the province.

“We want all BC Soccer members and their affiliates to support this initiative and highlight incredible sportsmanship, keeping the messaging positive, “said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director. “Every weekend there are coaches and parents giving positive feedback to their players and also referees, and this is the part of the game we are really looking to highlight.”

If you are a BC Soccer member and would like a sign to place within your facilities please contact BC Soccer Marketing and Communications Officer Peter Lonergan at peterlonergan@bcsoccer.net

BC Soccer recently has also taken a stronger stance against Youth Abuse and to read the release and see the updated policies surrounding Youth Abuse 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. 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 more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with their 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.

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