Who We Are

Alan Rickwood – General Manager of Operations

Alan Rickwood has been with the Blizzard Soccer Club as General Manager since April 2004, having initially joined the club in January 2002 as Technical Director. Alan’s previous business experience in banking and finance in the UK has helped implement the Board’s policies and create the business model the club currently operates under.  Alan is responsible for the day to day operations of the Club.

It is on the field however where Alan’s true passion lies; having completed his UEFA B in 2000, he added his Canadian National B licence in 2003 and has subsequently continued his education by, among other things, spending a week with Ajax of Amsterdam and his personal favourite, a weekend with Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid participating in a tactical thinking weekend.

Alan has coached a number of Blizzard teams, both boys and girls, to various Championships, Showcases, Tournaments and Provincials as well as for Alberta Soccer and the Calgary Summer Games team.  A little known fact is that in 2007 he coached the Blizzard Storm 91 boys to victory in the London Arsenal International Festival, at the time it was the first time in the 35 history of the event that a Canadian team had won.

Over the years Alan has built up an invaluable list of contacts throughout North America and Europe which helps with college or university placement or in arranging overseas trips or trials.

He is a passionate fan of AFC Wimbledon in England, but for those that know him, he truly does bleed orange and not the yellow and blue of Wimbledon!! He is a committed family man and being the boring person he is, his hobby if he is not traveling is watching sports, especially soccer.

Diogo Raposo – Head of Soccer Operations

Diogo Raposo joined Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club in the Fall of 2016 after his move to Calgary from Edmonton where he had just won Canada Soccer U18 Nationals with his former club.

Diogo currently holds his Canada Soccer National B License, United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) National Diploma and Goalkeeper Diploma. He is an assistant coach for the University of Calgary Women’s Soccer, Academy Coach at Edge School and Coach for the Whitecaps Alberta South REX.

Diogo works along side Alan Rickwood and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Club.

 Board of Directors

(As elected December 2018)

Our Board of Directors is responsible for developing and implementing the purpose, vision, values and strategic priorities for the Club. The Board is made up of dedicated volunteers who meet on a monthly basis to oversee the direction of the Club.

Name                                 . Position                        .   
Kien Tran President
Shane Campbell Vice President
Suzi Vickers   . Secretary
Penny Antoniuk Treasurer
Angelo Salina Facilities Chair
Kien Tran Discipline Chair
Bob Lamond Director at Large
Reed Barrett Director at Large
Ron Girvitz Director at Large
Brandi Marsden Director at Large
D’Arcy Gainor Director at Large
Daniel Eveson Director at Large
 Annual General Meeting

The Club holds its Annual General Meeting in November or December of each year and all Club members are encouraged to attend.  New Board members are elected at this time, the prior year is reviewed and future initiatives are discussed.  If you are interested in joining the Club’s dynamic board please do not hesitate to contact Club President, Kien Tran at president@calgaryblizzard.com to discuss further.

 Blizzard Soccer Club Bylaws

The Club’s bylaws can be viewed and downloaded through this link.

Calgary Blizzard Club Bylaws