Technical Dedication! Dozens of candidates take part in popular diploma course

Vital off field leadership skills benefit current and future Club Technical Directors.

Close to 60 participants braved a snowy weekend to participate in BC Soccer’s second ever Technical Director’s Diploma course held at Fortius in Burnaby.

The 2-day course is designed to educate and certify both current and future club technical directors, who play a critical role in delivering soccer programming at their individual organizations. 

A wide range of topics were covered including budgeting, marketing, understanding governance and navigating relationships with volunteer boards.
The group then spent much of day two performing case study analysis, offering practical application and problem-solving solutions within their working groups. 

Program facilitator Paul Varian says the excellent turnout demonstrates a committment by the BC Soccer community to improve program delivery within their individual clubs:

“This course has been built to bring new skills to technical leaders that they didn’t already possess.  These are off field business related sport management skills that help them become well rounded leaders not just coaches on the field.”

One of the main themes of the TD Diploma was coaching the coaches:

“We’ve done a lot of research on this and the figures back up our long held beliefs that when parents decide to either join or leave a program, it’s usually down to what they perceive as the quality of the coach.”

This very point was overwhelmingly substantiated in the results of BC Soccer’s recent retention survey.

Clubs from all over the province were represented at the course, but none from farther than Burns Lake, where Donna Franz calls home. 

Franz applied for and received a grant through the BC Soccer Grants program and will now take valuable insights back to her club: 

“One of the biggest takeaways for me is the globalization of the game and knowing where we fit with the rest of the province and how to interact with the rest of BC.  Because of our Physical location we’re quite isolated, and so staying current is critical because we want to provide our players with the same experience as all the other clubs and regions.”

BC Soccer wants to congratulate and thank all the participants for their continued dedication to improving and growing the game in their individual communities.

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.