Women set to inspire on the pitch

Free workshop encourages soccer participation on field and off

The Women’s World Cup Legacy Project brings a free female soccer workshop to the University of Victoria.

“The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup showed young girls and women in this province that there are many opportunities for them in athletics and behind the scenes,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, in a news release. “These legacy workshops put together by ViaSport and the Province of B.C. will allow them to discover coaching, officiating or volunteering with a soccer club in their area and help grow the sport as role models for the next generation.“

The UVic workshop is one of five events across B.C., set to inspire girls and women to become involved in the sport as a coach, official or volunteer. Each workshop features a keynote speaker, leadership seminar, intro to coaching and officiating course, on-field practice, lunch and more.

Victoria’s event will be led by keynote speakers Emma Humphries, Girls Elite REX and Academy Centre assistant coach for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and Beverly Priestman, Women’s Excel U14-17 director and U17 head coach for the Canadian Soccer Association.

For details visit at viasport.ca/soccerlegacy. The free workshop runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 at UVic. Register online at viasport.ca/soccerlegacy.