Preserving the Past...BC Soccer Archives Project awarded a Federal Grant

BC Soccer’s Archive Project receives major boost thanks to the Federal Government's Documentary Heritage Communities Program through Library and Archives Canada.

April 12, 2019

For the game we love, British Columbia has a glorious past.  From teams to individual players; builders of the sport and big moments…our Province is teeming with soccer history, and there are thousands of photographs and documents to prove it.  The question has always been “what do we do with all of these files, photos and artifacts?”


In 2017, BC Soccer begin the process of creating a virtual home for the sport’s historical assets.  Among the individuals volunteering to take on the monumental task were current board member, Rob Brown and past BC Soccer President and Life Member Roger Barnes: 

“For years, soccer people in BC have talked about collecting and displaying our history. We have 20,000 pages of archive material plus photographs and memorabilia dating back to 1910. But we are volunteers, and for us to have taken on scanning and saving all this material would have taken 10 years”

When it became clear the documentation process was more than a one/two person job, Roger had the presence of mind to apply for a Government of Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program grant through Libraries and Archives Canada.  The application was for digitizing, tagging and describing each page of information so it could easily be searched on a dedicated web site, that would ultimately be an extension of

On Thursday April 11th, the Documentary Heritage Communities program team announced that BC Soccer had been successful in its application.

Rob Brown is beyond excited about what this project will mean:

“Soccer in BC has a tremendous history, back to the 1880s. This grant and project will mean our heritage will be preserved and made available to all through our new History web-siteThis grant means that we will now be able to make that a reality - within 12 months!”

BC Soccer Executive Director Jason Elligott is extremely grateful for the direction this initiative has taken and hopes the project helps create a wider awareness of our past Provincial stories and the people who inspired them:

“I’m very thankful for the work of the people involved for caring for our past and being such great custodians of our history. We hope this is just the beginning. Perhaps people will see what we’re doing and contribute not only documentation, but also stories which haven’t been told yet. So much BC Soccer history is currently in boxes in people's basements. This grant gives BC Soccer the means to preserve this history before it is lost.” 

If you’ve found something BC Soccer History related that might be of significance, or you have a story to share, the Hall of Fame and archive committee would love to hear from you!

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.