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The Burlington Youth Soccer Club is proud & excited to run the Embracing Ability program in partnership with Special Olympics, Partners in Play.

What is ‘Embracing Ability’?

Embracing Ability is an integrated program designed for anyone between the ages of 4 and 16 with and/or without developmental and/or physical disabilities who are interested in learning more about the FUNdamentals of soccer.

Certified coaches along with devoted volunteers are 1 on 1 with the athletes while implementing developmentally appropriate programming. Sessions are designed to coach the athletes about the sport, while teaching positive social skills and physical literacy.

This program allows participants an opportunity to enjoy and learn more about soccer in a positive, accessible and inclusive environment while learning and developing key social skills. 

Our coaches

All coaches are volunteers that have received training in leadership, problem solving, communication and behaviour management. Volunteers are experienced and knowledgeable in soccer, and are caring, creative, dedicated and enthusiastic individuals.

Program Information

  • Ages 4 - 14 years old (smaller groups based on ages/abilities)
  • Equipment
    • Participants will be provided with: a jersey, shorts, socks, and a certificate at the end of the session
    • Participants must wear appropriate footwear (running shoes, turf shoes or soccer cleats) and are encouraged to wear shin pads to every session.








Embracing Ability





2:00 pm – 3:00 pm



May 26 – August 11

*Excludes June 30

*Excludes August 4



Sherwood Forest Park on the Pitch

 (5270 Fairview Street, Burlington)






Per Participant

**If you have any questions – please contact Chloe Schleichkorn 

at cschleichkorn@burlingtonsoccer.com**


"As a special needs parent, I've experienced how tough it is to find programs that are accepting of my child and his special needs friends, beyond the regular therapies that become the norm in their lives... the coaches/volunteers provided a fun and welcoming environment for our kids."

"Every week, I witnessed a group of coaches who were all very accepting of our kids varying abilities, who were never phased by the meltdowns or the arm flapping or the quirks that the kids came with. You accepted all of the kids as "normal" children and allowed them to enjoy the fun of soccer..."

"...I have a child with autism who never really wants to be social, who would rather stay at home than experience the uncertainties of the outside world. It's always been a struggle to convince him to try new things, yet I haven't had that issue with Embracing Abilities."

-Alison, 2016

How to volunteer?

  • You must be 15 years of age or older
  • Must be responsible, energetic, positive, patient, and ensure participants are having fun and being safe

IF this interests you – please complete the volunteer application form and either e-mail, fax or drop it off at our office. If you have any questions – please contact Chloe Schleichkorn at cschleichkorn@burlingtonsoccer.com