Women’s soccer highlighted Sept. 20 at UBCO

ViaSport hosts legacy event to promote the sport and provide training for women's participation

  • Sun Sep 6th, 2015 3:00pm
  • Sports

FIFA referee Michelle Pye will be at UBCO Sept. 20 for a Women's World Cup Legacy event.

ViaSport British Columbia will be hosting a Women’s World Cup Legacy event on Sunday, Sept. 20 at UBC Okanagan.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is designed to promote, encourage, and provide training for women’s participation in soccer as coaches, officials and administrators across the Okanagan.

The program will feature a keynote speech from Michelle Pye—a Kamloops-born FIFA Women’s World Cup referee—a women in leadership workshop, an introduction to coaching and officiating, followed by a soccer festival with local youth soccer players.

“Vancouver was the hub of the Women’s World Cup and we’re looking to build of the legacy of that event,” said Adam Fritz, the director of marketing and corporate sponsorships for ViaSport.

“We want to use it to spur on more women to become more active in soccer, the highest participation sport in our province.”

Along with partners at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, BC Soccer, UBC Okanagan and the Canadian Association for the Advancement for Women in Sport, ViaSport has donated approximately $100,000 in time and resources to carry on these events across the province.

For more information, or to register visit viasport.ca/soccerlegacy

ViaSport B.C is a not-for-profit organization created in 2011 as a legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The main goal of ViaSport is to increase the numbers of people playing sports in more communities across B.C., with the long-term aim of helping nurture a healthier, more active society.