BC Soccer introduces Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan

Initiatives support 2024 Strategic Plan goals and objectives with the intention of helping to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive soccer community in British Columbia

May 17th, 2022 – Vancouver BC

Following several years of planning and engagement with various communities and experts through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and building on the previous work and research from the Women in Soccer Committee, BC Soccer is excited to release its multi-year plan encompassing initiatives, programs and services delivered by BC Soccer that support and promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.

Initial outlines were established in 2019 as part of the 2024 Strategic Plan followed by the identification of key pillars, a draft plan, review, and release of the BC Soccer Board of Directors’ support and now approved plan.

Key objectives include foundational training for BC Soccer Board, Staff, and Committee members, establishing a more formalized DEI budget with core deliverables and, importantly, collecting DEI oriented data to create evidence-based benchmarks among many other aims. 

Read the PDF summary version of BC Soccer’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan.

BC Soccer’s Executive Director, Jason Elligott is pleased to see many months of great work culminate in an actionable plan; “Given the nature of soccer participation, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is not some box that requires ticking.  It is looking at soccer from many different perspectives, and having others do the same, to work to remove real or perceived barriers in making soccer accessible to everyone, while identifying ways to make the experience more positive for more people.”

Gabriel Assis, BC Soccer’s Director of Operations, says the collaborative nature of creating and now implementing this plan was a really valuable experience for everyone involved; “There’s a perception that understanding core DEI issues and initiatives may be uncomfortable or daunting.  Through our experts and community partners, we learned that this is normal, necessary, and leads to critical dialogue.  Our Board and Staff have embraced the training to date as a valuable individual growth opportunity.

The final assessment of the plan and its deliverables will occur in 2024 at the end of BC Soccer’s current strategic plan. 

BC Soccer would like to sincerely acknowledge and thank the many individuals representing various communities for their input, guidance and passion for helping to make soccer the most inclusive and equitable sport in the Province.

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.