BC Soccer Welcomes New Grassroots Development Officer

Paul Turner joins the association on August 8, 2016 and replaces Andrew Haines who left the association in June 2016

Vancouver BC, July 18, 2016 – BC Soccer is pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Turner as the new Grassroots Development Officer for the association.  Paul comes to the association with a wealth of knowledge and experience working within the BC and Ontario Soccer Club structures over the last 10 years.  

Paul will be directly involved with and support the grassroots soccer development portfolio of the association, including playing a lead role in the coordination of the Club Charter Program, along with delivery of grassroots festival and workshop services.   He will also be directly involved with reviewing the U8 to U12 playing environments with the aim of improving soccer from a development and technical perspective.

BC Soccer would also like to take this opportunity to wish Andrew Haines all the best in his future endeavours as he resigned from the Grassroots Development Officer position with the association in June 2016 to return to school to complete his university education.  

“We are pleased to welcome Paul to the staff team and pick up the strong work where Andrew Left off.” said Chris Cerroni, Director of Soccer Development.  “With Paul’s variety of experience within the club structure both here and in Ontario, it provides us with added value to continue to service the membership within BC.”

As part of the realignment of the soccer development staff, BC Soccer would also like to inform the membership and wider soccer community that as of the end of July 2016, both Matt Thomas and Andrew Latham will complete their service to BC Soccer as Club Charter Leads, however will continue on in their capacities as BC Soccer Coach Learning Facilitator and Grassroots Services.  “It was great to have both Andrew and Matt join the association for the short term in support the launch and introducing of BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program.”  said Chris Cerroni.  “We are please to continue to have Regan Mostat playing an important role within the Club Charter Program and will work directly with Paul Tuner upon his arrival.”

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play.

Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence. BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity