BC Soccer announce Female Development Leads

BC Soccer announces the appointment of Chelsey Hannesson and Melissa Mobilio as BC Soccer Female Development Leads to support the delivery of the Female Coaching Framework. The framework is a result of the 2024 strategic plan and is designed to better support female coaches at all levels across the province.

“We are pleased to welcome both Chelsey and Melissa in their roles to support female coaching and player development,” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director. “Both bring great experience, knowledge, and understanding of not only community soccer in BC, but also are specialists in player and coaching development.”

Chelsey Hannesson is the Assistant Technical Director with Langley United Youth Soccer Association while also being directly involved in coach education with CONCACAF and Canada Soccer. In her role with BC Soccer, Chelsey will be the lead mentor for the Female Mentorship Program where her knowledge and experience will benefit the female coaches (mentees) in obtaining their coaching ‘C’ license designation while providing a holistic approach to support their overall coaching and career development. Chelsey will also be an important component of the female-led and female-only community coaching courses as a Learning Facilitator.

Upon her appointment, Chelsey Hannesson shared that, “I am thrilled to be joining BC Soccer part time in this role. It’s an incredible opportunity to directly work alongside current and aspiring female coaches all across British Columbia while also supporting the player development and programming that will ultimately benefit and grow the game for girls and women in soccer.”

Melissa Mobilio has and continues to be an active coach with Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club. In her role with BC Soccer, she will also be a Learning Facilitator to deliver the female-led and female-only community coaching courses, however, her primary focus will be supporting the development, introduction, and delivery of BC Soccer’s Coaching Learning Disability Diploma. Melissa’s academic background in Learning Disabilities, as well as practical experience delivering Adaptive Soccer programming, make her ideal to support BC Soccer as we work to create positive soccer experiences for all. The diploma will be designed to support coaches and program leads who coach players with disabilities.

“I am very humbled and excited to be joining the BC soccer team as the Female Development Lead,” said Melissa Mobilio, “This role embodies the opportunity to take a forward-thinking approach by re-evaluating female coach development, and to establish collaborative frameworks that value inclusivity and promote a safe and respectful environment. In partnership with BC Soccer, I am committed to fostering equitable opportunities for all existing and future participants.”

Both Chelsey and Melissa, with their overall background and experience in player development will also see them provide technical support and guidance to the female component of BC Soccer’s Provincial Program primarily focusing on the identification and development of female players.

Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer’s Director of Soccer Development stated, “We are very excited to have both Chelsey and Melissa joining the Soccer Development Department to not only play key roles with the implementation of the female coaching framework but also utilize their skillsets in both coach education and player development”.

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.

About BC Soccer
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.