Lakehill Soccer believes adamantly in the role of officials in the game of soccer, and in protecting those officials from any type of abuse and have been vocal about this issue in the past. We have recently circulated a communique to all Lakehill coaches and managers outllining our club values and the policies of BC Soccer
and Lower Island Soccer
as they relate to abuse of referees. BC Soccer, through it's Coach Centre, circulated a memo on protection of youth
last week to all registered coaches. We have been leaders in the local soccer scene with our support for referee training and the creation and funding of a referee mentorship program. We have also developed and are in the process of launching a Field Marshall program
to address referee abuse by spectators. We will continue to push this and similar initiatives to ensure that game officials at all levels are respected and encouraged. Officials are part of our sport and part of every game: we can't do it without them. All participants in soccer deserve our respect and tolerance as we strive to make our sport the best game for everyone.