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Coach Education A Major Priority as BC Soccer Mandates Age Specific Coaching Courses

All Youth Coaches in BC are mandated to acquire age specific coaching courses by June 2016

Vancouver BC, June 16, 2014 – Coach Education continues to be a major priority with BC Soccer as they have now mandated age specific coach education for all coaches by June 1, 2016. The rule which was proposed by BC Soccer Board of Directors and which was passed by a significant majority by the membership at the BC Soccer AGM on June 14, states:  Head Coaches of any youth team shall complete the appropriate Canadian Soccer Association / BC Soccer Association coaching course respective to the age group of the team(s) they are currently coaching.

“Coach Education will continue to be a huge focus for us moving forward and we congratulate the membership on their foresight and commitment to their players that this demonstrates,” said Roger Barnes, BC Soccer President. “Adoption of this initiative delivers on a key objective in the BC Soccer Strategic Plan, and also supports the recently launched strategic plan of the Canadian Soccer Association. We look forward to all players having an able and qualified coach.”

Once in effect BC Soccer’s rule will allow coaches six months to enroll and complete the age specific coaching course from the time they are appointed head coach. BC Soccer offers and delivers Canada Soccer’s national certification courses within the Community Sport Stream which are age specific and focuses on the Long Term Player Development stages including Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train, and Soccer for Life.

“Having coaches complete the appropriate age specific coaching course is imperative for our youth players to be properly trained whether they’re headed toward the high performance or grassroots stream of soccer,” says Rob Csabai, BC Soccer Manager of Coaching Development. “Mandating these courses will improve consistency amongst coaches and provide them with the appropriate tools to create the most positive environment possible for players to develop in”.

To support accessibility to coach education for players, teams and clubs, the membership also approved a 50% reduction in the course fee for Learning to Train course which will come into effect in 2015-16.  This will mean that from April 2015, BC Soccer will offer the first three stages of coach education in the Community Sport Stream free or discounted by 50%.

To further highlight BC Soccer’s commitment already to coach education, it was reported to membership at the AGM that in 2013-14, over 50% more community coaching courses were delivered to 2,750 newly certified coaches.  This included 39 FREE physical literacy and 5 FREE Learning to Train courses that were provided to over 700 participants across all regions of British Columbians.

BC Soccer also increased technical support to grassroots clubs via its Grassroots Development Service and FREE Grassroots workshops, non-certification 3 hour sessions which provide coaches with the basic tools and curriculum to coach any stage of development. In 2013-14 there were 120 free grassroots workshops via 52 clubs and over 1500 coaches in attendance, an increase of 20% over 2012-13.

For more information on BC Soccer’s Coaching Courses and how to register for a BC Soccer coaching course please visit: BCsoccer.net/coach

For a copy of the BC Soccer 2013-14 Year in Review document please Click Here

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