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BC Soccer's Commitment to Long Term Player Development

BC Soccer’s LTPD Strategic Goals

Vancouver BC January 30, 2015Canada Soccer’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model, which focuses on age specific training, will continue to play a key role in the development of youth soccer within British Columbia.  With direction from their three year strategic plan (2012-2015) BC Soccer will be working with their membership to have 95% of youth districts, and their affiliated clubs, engaged with LTPD and LTPD resources.

“Having BC Soccer’s youth clubs and districts engaged with the LTPD model by placing a link on their club and districts website homepage has been a strategic goal of BC Soccer’s for the last three years and as we are nearing June of 2015 we want to make sure that we have done everything we can to help support our membership in reaching this goal,” said Don Moslin, BC Soccer Grassroots Development Committee Chair. “The LTPD model consists of 7 stages that focus on age specific training and the strategic goal of having 95% of youth districts engaged with the LTPD model aligns very well with BC Soccer’s age specific coaching certification mandate which comes into effect on July 1 of 2016.”

Through a public survey held in 2013 BC Soccer found that 94% of people in the soccer community had heard of LTPD but less than 25% were “Very Knowledgeable” on the subject and BC Soccer hopes to change that by June of 2015. Over the next five months BC Soccer will be continuing to work with all of their Youth Districts to help ensure LTPD resources are available to the each of the district’s members including clubs, coaches, players and parents. 

“We recognize that much of our membership as a whole is supported by volunteers so we are supplying LTPD content and links to Canada Soccer LTPD content that our membership can take advantage of,” continued Moslin. “By minimizing the onerous task of creating the content, we believe that something as simple as youth districts putting a link to LTPD resources on their homepage can help educate their clubs, coaches, players and parents.”

From delivering age specific coach education to eliminating league standings at small sided age groups (U6-U12) BC Soccer has made a commitment to align with Canada Soccer and incorporate LTPD principles into all of their programming.  With both Canada Soccer and BC Soccer leading by example, BC Soccer looks to achieve their strategic goal of having 95% of youth districts engaged with LTPD to help better educate the entire soccer community.

For more information on LTPD principles or to obtain LTPD resources please visit www.bcsoccer.net .  For more information on how your club can engage with LTPD please contact Andrew Haines, BC Soccer Grassroots Development Officer and Staff Coach at anderwhaines@bcsoccer.net

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 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate 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 integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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