lower island soccer

Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA) is pleased to announce a partnershipwith the University of Victoria’s Vikes women’s soccer program and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) to identify and develop more female coaches in the lower island district.

Operating in two areas, one aspect of the program will develop grassroots female coaches within LISA clubs and encourage the “Moms Coaching Daughters” initiative. The second component of the program is a partnership with the University of Victoria Vikes Soccer program and their “She Kicks” campaign.

Developed by the Vikes Soccer Women’s Alumni, “She Kicks” is a legacy project of the 2012 Women’s CIS National Championships hosted by UVic in November. A branch of the “She Kicks” campaign entitled “She Coaches” will identify female players aged 16 to 18 who are interested in becoming coaches and these athletes will attend Active Start and Fundamentals coaching courses. Additionally, LISA will collaborate with CAAWS to examine its own policies and practices, addressing the social and systemic barriers limiting women’s involvement as coaches.

The Active Start and Fundamentals courses will take place at UVic in October with the “Moms Coaching Daughters” program commencing in the Fall so as to partner with LISA member clubs that offer women-only courses. These courses are part of the push to certify all coaches in the LISA district before the first ball is kicked at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

For more information or to register, contact:

Andrew Latham, LISA head coach headcoach@lowerislandsoccer.com c. 250-888-5712

Tracy David, Vikes head coach tdavid@uvic.ca c. 250-216-0682

SheKicks website: www.govikesgo.com/shekicks