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BC Soccer Announces Expansion to the Provincial Program

Vancouver, September 21, 2018 - BC Soccer’s Provincial Program brings together players identified from the BCSPL franchise clubs. Overall the aim of the Program is to provide development and identification opportunities for potential selection into Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy (males) and BC REX (female) programming with the ultimate objective of having more players from BC involved in Canada Soccer National Team programming.

Over the last nine months, program staff have worked to increase the amount of time players participant in the program. This additional training adds to the existing program activity in place, being matches and longer-term activity (i.e. camps). The participating players will now have a ‘4 to 1’ training to match ratio when combining their BCSPL club sessions and BC Soccer’s Provincial Program.

The additional programming activity, is being facilitated as an extension of the partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, as both organizations will be providing resources to support BC Soccer’s Provincial Program activity.

“We piloted this concept at the start of 2018 and we appreciate the collaborative effort from the BCSPL franchise clubs. It is very important that we manage the players physical loading between BCSPL and the Provincial Program and to ensure that the player messaging is aligned to the BCSPL Club License technical resources”, said Chris Cerroni, Director of Soccer Development. “We are pleased to be able to provide this level of service to the players involved in the program. It is great to have the BCSPL franchise clubs and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as development partners.”

We commend BC Soccer for planning and implementing this new player development concept and are excited to partner with them on its delivery. In recent seasons we have recruited a number of players from the BCSPL clubs into our Academy, and the objective of this program is to continue to bridge the gap between the community and professional club, and ultimately help prepare more players for this transition.” Craig Dalrymple, Academy Technical Director, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy.

“This builds on our partnership with the BCSPL and BC Soccer to further support a wider pool of female player development. On behalf of the REX program, we look forward to seeing this initiative grow in the coming years”, Marinos Papagerogopoulos, Academy Centre Director and Acting REX Director, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Elite girls Super REX program in partnership with BC Soccer.

Provincial Program sessions will take place at the Simon Fraser University on Monday (Female) and Wednesday (Male) evenings starting at 7:30pm from September through to December. For more information on the BC Soccer Provincial Program, including the program overview, selection process and match schedule please visit our website at https://www.bcsoccer.net/provincial-program.

BC Soccer are also pleased to share the list of Provincial Program players and coaches who gained selection into the BC Soccer Provincial Program for Phase 1 (January to June) of the 2018 season. These lists are found here https://www.bcsoccer.net/provincial-program.

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.