Best Benefit Ever: Advocacy for Soccer Coaches of all Kinds
A national organization for soccer coaches not only advocates for members as a whole, but aids individual demographic groups as well.
What’s the benefit? Soccer is the world’s sport, bridging divides in age, gender, race, and class. Almost every nation in the world is captivated by its team’s performance, and as the most recent World Cup final showed, that captivation is shared by fans of the men’s and women’s leagues. So it makes sense that the National Soccer Coaches Association of America doesn’t just have a singular advocacy group to fight for member needs, it has many. In its diversity statement, NSCAA states its goal of “nurturing a learning and working environment,” via five advocacy groups and committees for black, LGBT, Latin American, women and Native American soccer coaches.
Why it works for members: As every association member knows, it pays to have an advocate in your corner, helping you fight for your industry’s interests. But within each group are smaller groups, and by establishing those groups and committees, NSCAA provides platforms for a greater diversity of voices to be heard. And the association also acknowledges the importance of this dedication “to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and advancement of talented members, leadership and other constituents from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.” That extends the benefits of its diversity efforts beyond current membership rolls, and into the future as well.
Other perks: NSCAA’s benefits don’t cover just the standard association publication (Soccer Journal), discounts on training courses, and access to an annual convention. They also provide members with $1 million in annual liability insurance, as well as health insurance options for teams and individuals.