The Nelson Soccer Association (NSA) has met a provincial standard for excellence among soccer organizations.
The NSA is the first Interior association to receive BC Soccer’s Club Charter Standard 1, which recognizes a high baseline for governance, administration and technical development.
NSA president Chuck Bennett said the standard doesn’t have much practical value, but it does promote the quality of the city’s biggest sports organization.
“It just means this is how we operate,” said Bennett. “I think it sets us aside from other sports organizations in terms of what we do… We want to be excellent, we want to be the program of excellence.”
Bennett said the organization has been working toward meeting the standard since his predecessor Kerry Dyck was in charge. Criminal background checks for every volunteer and certain qualifications for all coaches are among the requirements.
“It just [says] your organization has best practices and excellence in what it’s doing in terms of certification for coaches, which is really important right? The quality of volunteer coaches who have had a certain level of instruction in what we’re trying to do.”