Technical Staff

Mark Worton

Mark Worton – High Performance Manager

CSA, UEFA and USSF A License

Mark has over 40 years of soccer experience as a former professional player, University Coach, Provincial Team Coach, Scout and Learning Facilitator with Ontario Soccer. He has coached in Ontario for more than twenty (20+) years in the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL), Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) and Ontario University Athletics (OUA)- the highest levels of soccer in the province. In 2018, Worton was awarded Coach of the Year in the OUA West Division.

David Shankland

David Shankland – Coach Development Manager

CSA A & Children’s License, UEFA B License, UEFA/SFA Youth & Children’s License

David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role with BSC. His experience as a player in England, Scotland and Canada brought him to coach. With 25+ years as a coach, David has served in various capacities around the world. Most notably as a member of the Scottish FA U17 Coaching team that qualified for the UEFA Championship and a head coach in both Romania and Greece. His vast experience in the Canadian soccer landscape (both BC and ON) and his passion for education and coaching are well served in his role with BSC.


April Syme

April Syme – Competitive & Development Programs Manager

C License (in progress), Certified Personal Trainer (Canfitpro)

April has over a year of professional playing experience in the Swedish Elitettan League and 5 years of semi-professional playing experience in the WPSL, W-League and League1 Ontario. April earned a full soccer scholarship to the University of West Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science, Sports Management Degree in 2014. She was most recently inducted into the University of West Florida’s Athletics Hall of Fame (2022) as a result of her Team’s 2012 Division II NCAA Championship. She has over 3 years of soccer and personal training coaching experience.


Danny Burnett

Danny Burnett – Technical Coordinator

C License, English FA Level 1, Certified Soccer Analyst (PFSA)

Danny brings a wealth of analytical knowledge to our team through multiple certifications. As a former player who turned coach, his unique perspective and relatability are just some of his skills he will leverage. Armed with a German, English FA and CSA license, Danny will be responsible to ensure our players, coaches and BSC Tech team have what they need to be successful. Danny hopes to continue to share his love of the beautiful game to all our Bayhawks. 

Michael Neptune

Michael (Mike) Neptune – Head Goalkeeper Coach

NSCAA & OS Goalkeeper Diploma’s, Learn to Train, Soccer for Life

Mike is the epitome of a Student of the Game and brings that thirst for knowledge to our players and program. As a former competitive youth player himself with a few Ontario Cup Championships under his belt, accompanied by his “soccer for life” Adult Championships, he has a holistic understanding. At present, Mike is the Head Men’s Goalkeeper Coach at the University of Waterloo and has been a Goalkeeper coach in our programs since 2010. Mike hopes to make a positive impact on tomorrow’s youth, on and off the pitch.


Upcoming Coaches Clinics

The Burlington Soccer Club is committed to assist with the ongoing development of all of our coaches.  Our aim is to improve the quality and standard of all the coaches within the club. Ongoing coach development and education is vital for successfully developing players of all ages regardless of their ability or skill level.

For more information on the schedule, please review out events calendar here. For more information about the upcoming sessions and/or to register, please contact David Shankland. 

Coaching Certification Pathway

Police Check (Customer Service will send you a link for background check)
Obtain NCCP #
Respect in Sport – Online Course
Make Ethical Decisions – In-Class Course
Making Headway – FREE Online Course
Game Leader (U8 Coaches Only) – Online Course

Licensing Programs

C License
Children’s License
National A License
National B License Part 1
National B License Part 2
Youth License

Coach Resources

Role of the Burlington Bayhawks Coach (Four Corner Approach)
Game Leader Information
Retreat Line Information
Physical Literacy
Policies and Procedures (Recreational & Development)
Competitive Coach Reimbursement Procedure

Active Start Session Plans (U4-U6)

Ontario Soccer Active Start Sessions
BSC Active Start Cirriculum
BSC Active Start Session 1
BSC Active Start Session 2
BSC Active Start Session 3
BSC Active Start Session 4
BSC Active Start Session 5

Session Plans (various ages)

House League Coach Clinic Sessions
Attacking Sessions
Dribbling + Turning Sessions
Passing + Receiving Sessions
Fun Game Sessions
Ball Mastery Warm Up Sessions

Coach Education Survey