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BC Soccer unveils plans for its new headquarters and soccer-specific complex at Gates Park Port Coquitlam

After more than 5 years of consultation and planning, the Association is eager to proceed with what would be a new “soccer hub” for the Province. 

December 13th, 2021 - Vancouver / Port Coquitlam BC 

BC Soccer is excited to share publicly its plans for a new corporate base which would serve as not only the Association’s head office, but also the home of a soccer facility to support coach, referee, and player development programming along with a suitable location for soccer events and festivals.

Following extensive discussions with numerous municipalities, the City of Port Coquitlam emerged as the preferred partner as a community that was eager to increase an already impressive inventory of recreational facilities. 

In Gates Park, the City of Port Coquitlam and Soccer’s Provincial governing body have identified a strategic location, intended to serve both local users in Poco Euro Rite FC (Poco Soccer), as well as the wider Provincial soccer community.

The key elements of the facility include BC Soccer’s home showcase field to FIFA pitch standards, a covered grandstand and floodlights, along with dressing rooms and storage.  The two story pitch-side building would be BC Soccer’s new head office featuring appropriate space for storage, meetings, classrooms for courses and clinics, along with the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia in the main foyer.  There would also be a viewing gallery for the main field.

"This has been a long-term key objective of BC Soccer and while we don't have shovels in the ground yet, we are excited about a future dedicated BC Soccer home and soccer facility.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our members and for the great game of soccer in BC."  Gayle Statton, President and Carlos Grosso, First Vice President, BC Soccer.

The development involves approximately 10 hectares of land, including a new warmup area, public plaza, washrooms and other amenities, along with improved access and parking.  This new complex is surrounded by an already impressive athletic park hosting multiple grass and synthetic turf fields, ball diamonds, and tennis courts.

“We’re thrilled about the prospect of working with Port Coquitlam to relocate our head office to a dedicated soccer specific home for the association at Gates Park” said Jason Elligott, Executive Director for BC Soccer. “Aside from the many benefits for the community, we see this as a big step forward for not only the association but the soccer community in BC.”  

During BC Soccer’s 2020 Annual General Meeting, Members voted to support this important initiative for the Association, and by sharing the details publicly, BC Soccer hopes to assist the City of Port Coquitlam in narrowing the funding gap that exists to allow the project to proceed.

 “We’re very excited to be able to announce this potential opportunity to the community. It would bring so many benefits to Port Coquitlam including access to a state-of-the-art sports field and amenities for kids and families, increased opportunities for our residents to stay active and healthy, and a new dynamic public space. The project would also support the revitalization of our downtown and deliver economic spinoffs for local businesses,” Mayor Brad West said. “Being the new home for BC Soccer would help raise our community profile, further demonstrate Port Coquitlam’s leadership in amateur sport, and give kids and families in our community affordable access to soccer, field lacrosse and other sports.”

Find more renderings and a background of the project from the City of Port Coquitlam's Soccer Hub page

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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.