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Canada Soccer's ‘TELUS She CAN Coach’ expands to British Columbia

On behalf of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is thrilled to announce that we will be a part of the expansion for the TELUS She CAN Coach program's second year!

The program, designed to support and enhance the education and development of women coaches in grassroots soccer, saw impressive participation and impact in its first year and is set to reach even more Canadians in the program’s second year.

In the first year of the TELUS She CAN Coach program, a collective effort was seen from 20 clubs— 12 in Alberta and eight in Nova Scotia. More than 200 coaches were recruited to participate, beginning or continuing their Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education. This widespread involvement underscores the increasing interest and dedication to promoting coaching opportunities for women in Canada.

New Partnerships and Continued Collaboration

Building on the success of Year 1, the TELUS She CAN Coach program will expand in Year 2 to include a new partnership with BC Soccer. This expansion signifies a significant step forward in broadening the program's reach and impact across Canada.

Canada Soccer's commitment to fostering the development of women coaches nationwide is exemplified by the TELUS She CAN Coach program. With expanded reach and continued support, Year two is set to build on the foundation established in the first year, driving further progress in women's soccer coaching in Canada. 

“BC Soccer is excited to join the TELUS She CAN Coach program, which is dedicated to empowering women coaches and increasing opportunities for women and girls in our system. This initiative is crucial in creating a more inclusive and diverse soccer community by addressing the unique challenges women face in the sport. We are committed to supporting and advancing gender equity in soccer and look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have on fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for girls and women across British Columbia." - Yasamin Alipour, Player Development Coordinator, BC Soccer.

Club Application

Clubs in British Columbia are invited to apply to participate in Year 2 of the program. The application window will be open from July 2nd to August 2nd, 2024.

For more details about the TELUS She CAN Coach Program and the delivery of Year 2, interested clubs based in the four partnered provinces can visit the official TELUS She CAN Coach Program webpage.

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.