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CSA Appoints National Staff Coach and Technical Programs Manager

Posted on 28 November 2003 in Canadian Soccer Association

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Soccer Association today announced the appointment of Sylvie Béliveau as CSA National Staff Coach – Community Development, effective January 1, 2003 and David Benning as Technical Programs Manager, effective immediately.

Béliveau, a former member of the Canadian Soccer Association Board of Directors as Director: Female soccer, Head Coach of the Women's National Team from 1991-96 where she coached the Canadian team to their first World Championship in 1995, and Assistant Coach from 1986-91.

Béliveau has also held the Provincial Head Coach position for Quebec and Alberta from 1986-2000. She has participated in all three Symposiums of Women's football organized by FIFA, the latest in 2003 where she presented and participated as a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group at the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the inaugural FIFA U-19 Championship hosted by Canada in 2002.

In addition to earning a CSA “A” License in 1989, Béliveau's qualifications include positions as a FIFA Instructor, Match Commissioner, Fair Play Commissioner and Ambassador.

"Grass roots is key to soccer in Canada as it represents our future and the biggest part of our membership,” said Béliveau. “Soccer must remain a fun activity while looking at improving its quality. Not only do we need to continue promoting a fun soccer environment but we must offer quality support to coaches, clubs and leagues to enhance the different levels of performance. The CSA is committed to developing quality opportunities for its members and I am delighted to take part in this new initiative."

Béliveau will work out of the CSA Head office located in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Community Development positions were created as part of the Blueprint for Success, specifically targeting the need to increase the quality of coaching at community levels and thereby increasing the overall standards of play across Canada in years to come.

Benning will replace the recently departed Stuart Neely as Technical Programs Manager and will work with Director of Coaching and Player Development Ray Clark at the CSA's Technical office located at the Soccer Center in Vaughan, Ontario.

Benning has recently been working as Director of Coaching and Player Development at Glen Shields S.C. located in Toronto, Ontario, Technical Director at the School of Soccer Excellence Camps, and Head Coach of the Toronto's Seneca College Women's Soccer Team.

The former Head Coach of the University of Waterloo's Men's Team from 1992-1996 has attended George Washington University in Washington, DC from 1998-91 in the field of Sports Medicine and Psychology, and the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON from 1993-96 in the field of Child and Sports Psychology.

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