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Four additional Organizations achieve BC Soccer Charter Status

New members to BC Soccer’s Charter Program brings to 34 the number of organizations that have fulfilled the criteria. 

December 2, 2019 - Vancouver BC. 

To achieve Charter Status, organizations are asked to complete a series of mandates in the governance, administration, and technical aspects of their operation, with the aim of providing best practices to their members.  In addition to realizing higher standards for players, coaches, referees and parents, BC Soccer offers Charter members additional support and recognition.

Among the Charter criteria, is mandatory criminal record checks for every single coach and team official, along with adherence to Canada Soccer’s Long-Term Player Development stages.  BC Soccer visits each club that opts into the program to help them plan and work toward achieving all the standards outlined.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, BC Soccer would like to officially recognize our newest Charter members:

Barca Academy Vancouver:

Vancouver Project Manager Maxime Israel Collier: "The Barça Academy project was created to export our values, vision and philosophy across the globe but also to strengthen our relationship with the local communities. Through the charter, we are delighted to strengthen our bond with BC Soccer and hope that this is only the first of many milestones."

Kelowna Youth Soccer Association

Kelowna Youth Soccer Association Director Andy Hyatt: “Achieving Charter status has been a goal of KYSA for some time, as we strive to be leaders in the delivery of youth soccer in our community. We are very appreciative of the support we have received from our players’ families, sponsors, parent organization (COYSA), and BC Soccer. Charter certification recognizes our commitment to a very high standard of player development, governance and administration in youth soccer while demonstrating a high level of accountability to our membership.”

 

Okanagan FC

Andy Stevenson, Okanagan FC: "We are delighted to achieve BC Soccer's Charter status, which reflects our club’s commitment to raising standards of youth soccer programming here in The Okanagan. We have worked hard to establish Okanagan FC as a private academy with a reputation for excellence, and we look forward to continuing the growth of our organization within the BC Soccer framework as a Charter Organization”.

Soccer Quest

Soccer Quest President Dave Spendlove: “Soccer Quest is proud to be accepted as a BC Soccer Charter member.  This is another step in our goal to becoming a BC Soccer full member and CSA licensed club. Our staff, players and parents want to thank the BC Soccer staff in their assistance in gaining this status.”

 

BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development Chris Cerroni is pleased that more clubs are seeing the value of the Charter process:  “In addition to the 34 organizations now recognized, there are several others who are well on the way to achieving the standard, and we look forward to working with all of them to ensure the best possible experience for youth players and their parents.” 

About BC Soccer Charter Program

BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program was rebranded in 2019 to the Charter Program to become inclusive for both members and associate members as well as being positioned under the newly introduced Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program.

The Charter is a free “opt-in” program based on three top line categories being, Technical, Governance, and Administration and enables these organizations to be recognized and receive support and added service from BC Soccer regardless of the organization's size and location within BC.

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 sports 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 an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.