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BC Club's Support Canada Soccer’s 'Free Kicks – Try It Events' Initiative

“Through Canada Soccer’s Free Kicks – Try It Events, clubs from coast to coast across the nation have been encouraged to promote a safe, fun and welcoming environment for new-to-Canada participants in the beautiful game. With more than $ 1.2 million invested back into our sport through the support of the Government of Canada, Canada Soccer can help build upon programs that support our youth, coaches, referees and emerging leaders so that they can be positively impacted and grow within the sport they love.” - Charmaine Crooks, Canada Soccer President.

BC Soccer is proud to announce that 15 exceptional organizations from our province will be hosting Free Kicks – Try It Events, aimed at welcoming newcomers to Canada and promoting inclusion in organized soccer.

These events, supported by Canada Soccer's Grassroots Development Grants and the Government of Canada's Community Sport for All initiative through the Ministry of Sport and Physical Activity, will take place from March to May.

Across several initiatives, Canada Soccer will invest more than $1.2 million in programming to provide more Canadians with opportunities to experience the power of sport. Initiatives already include the Free Kicks – Try It Events, Canada Soccer in Schools, and Canada Soccer’s IDEA Learning program (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility).

The 100 Canadian (Including BC's 15) organizations will receive a cumulative $100,000 in grants to help support their Free Kicks – Try It Events (a $1,000 grant for each organization). The events take place across the country between 1 March and 31 May 2024 with an emphasis on welcoming more new-to-Canada participants and celebrating inclusion within each soccer organization.

Canada Soccer provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, nationally and internationally, in cooperation with its members and stakeholders. Working collaboratively with our partners, Canada Soccer strives to lead Canada to victory and Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer.

For the full announcement, please click here.

British Columbia Club's

  • ​Abbotsford Soccer Association
  • ​Burnaby Football Club
  • ​Coastal FC
  • ​Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC
  • ​Faly Academy
  • ​Fusion FC
  • ​Gorge Soccer Association
  • ​Juan De Fuca Soccer Association
  • ​Thompson Okanagan FC (Kelowna United)
  • ​Marpole Soccer Club Association
  • ​Port Moody Soccer Club
  • ​Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association
  • ​Thompson Okanagan FC (Kelowna United)
  • ​Westcastle International Academy
  • ​West Vancouver Football Club

BC Soccer Association

Established in 1904, 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, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. 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.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.