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Richmond FC Becomes the First Club to Achieve BC Soccer Club Charter Standard 1!

March 31, 2017 Vancouver BC – BC Soccer is proud to announce that Richmond FC is the first club to achieve BC Soccer’s Club Charter Standard 1.  Richmond FC achieved the standard 1 criteria outlined within BC Soccer's Club Charter Program which are based on three top line categories: Technical; Governance; and Administrative. 

“BC Soccer is very excited to announce Richmond FC as the first club to achieve the Standards of BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program Standard 1,” said Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development. “Richmond FC worked closely with BC Soccer staff and have shown their dedication to having all their coaches properly trained while also working hard to meet all of the other technical, governance and administrative standards outlined. Congratulations Richmond Youth Soccer Association!”

Richmond FC was established in 1955 and has been a boys soccer club for more than 60 years. Their club is lead by their vision to inspire a lifelong love of soccer and their mission to lead the advancement of soccer development while nurturing a love and appreciation for the sport.  Richmond FC has more than 1200 youth players at their club with more than 50 coaches and countless volunteers helping kids enjoy the beautiful game in Richmond British Columbia. By achieving the BC Soccer Club Charter Standard 1, Richmond FC provides players, parents, coaches, and referees the assurance that Richmond FC operates within a high level of set standards all while providing a more supportive environment for players to develop. BC Soccer wants to thank Richmond FC for this commitment.

 “Richmond FC is very excited and proud to be announced as the first club in BC to achieve the Club Charter - Standard 1 and would like to thank the BC Soccer staff for all their support and assistance in guiding the club through the application process,” said Steve Hood, Technical Director of Richmond FC.

 The Club Charter will further enhance the game across BC and provide clubs with the direction and support they need to continue to build and develop their programming, providing a platform for coach, referee, and parent education, with the ultimate goal of putting the development needs of the players first. Richmond FC, through its board, technical staff and administration, is committed to working towards achieving Standard 2 and Standard 3, as we work on developing a strategic plan for the club and look forward to working with BC Soccer in achieving these goals.”

“This is a great stepping stone for the program and we are very happy to congratulate Richmond FC on becoming the very first club to reach standard 1,” said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer President. “ Richmond FC worked incredibly hard to achieve all of the standards outlined and we thank everyone at the club for their commitment.”

Currently, there are more than 50 clubs from around the province that have opted into the Club Charter program and are working toward achieving Standard 1. Richmond FC and all other clubs who achieve standard one will have to uphold the standards moving forward and those clubs will also have the opportunity to apply for the BC Soccer Club Charter Standard 2 once released later in 2017. For more information on the Club Charter Program and to see all of the clubs who have opted in please click HERE.

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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 sport 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 active, health and involved lifestyle.