BC Soccer Provincial Program celebrates International Day of the Girl Child with a special showcase

International Day of the Girl Child is a global observance declared by the United Nations

Oct 8, 2021 – Vancouver BC

October 11, 2012 was the first “Day of the Girl Child” supporting more opportunity for girls and increasing awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide.  The day is also referred to as “the Day of Girls” and “the International Day of the Girl”

This year, BC Soccer’s Provincial Program, which is designed to showcase players for future opportunities in the sport, while providing additional training, is celebrating the day with an event at Gates Park in Port Coquitlam, featuring an all-female match. 

Chelsey Hannesson, who along with Melissa Mobilio became the Association's first Female Development leads earlier this year, says momentum in the women’s game is exciting, and must continue:

“We are in a critical period in the evolution of women’s soccer.  Canadian Women have recently won a Gold Medal at the Olympics, we’ve just announced a new Semi Professional League (League1 BC) which will feature a female division from the start, and it’s important that all girls can see a clear pathway of opportunity, not just as players, but in other key roles including coaching, officiating, administration and sports sciences.”

BC Soccer welcomes all individuals to participate in soccer and believes that embracing differences while removing barriers to promote diversity and equity while fostering inclusion, is integral to serving the wider soccer community.

Kick-off for the game is at Gates Park at 10:30 on Thanksgiving Sunday.  

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.

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.