From April 9th to May 1st, Alberta Soccer delivered the first version of its All-Female Canada Soccer C Licence Workshop, a course that was meant to be given in 2019, just before COVID changed plans for everyone. The seminar’s Leadership Team was formed by Claire Paterson, Samantha Loeppky, Alexandra Valerio, Toks Bakinson, Liz Jepsen, Alesha Weicker-Pasternak, and Gabrielle Tiemstra.
According to Claire Paterson, Alberta Soccer’s Coach Education Coordinator, the program was a complete success. “We were guessing we would have around 20 people interested, but ended up having 38 participant female coaches from across the province. That was a clear sign this type of all-female event was important highlighting that many women want to pursue coaching”.
On that note, the fully online delivery was crucial. Samantha Loeppky, Canada Soccer Coach Developer, valued the initiative being virtual. “For me, as a mother of young boys, not having to travel and being able to connect from anywhere was really nice”. As a representative of the Northwest Peace District, she added, “online allowed a lot of people to be involved that may not have been able to if we did it one weekend in the city”.