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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’?

This is an integrated program designed for any participants between the ages of 4 and 16 with and/or without intellectual and/or physical disabilities who are interested in learning more about the FUNdamentals of physical literacy and soccer.

BYSC certified coaches along with devoted volunteers will create a one on one, developmentally appropriate programming in order to best coach our athletes about the sport while teaching positive social skills!

This program will offer willing learners an opportunity to enjoy & learn more about the sport of soccer in a positive, accessible & 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, are caring, creative, dedicated and enthusiastic & have your child’s best interest in mind!

Program Information

  • Program day & time: Sundays (Winter 2019) from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (January 27-April 14) excludes February 17 & March 10
  • Ages 4 years old to 16 years old
  • Location: Sherwood Forest Park - 5270 Fairview St, Burlington
  • 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) & shin pads to every session.

Please note that each participant must have a guardian present during the entirety of the session, however guardians are not obliged to participate in the program.


"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






Embracing Ability



2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

January 27 - 

April 14

excludes February 17 & March 10

BYSC Dome 1


Per participant

How to register?

If you are interested in registering, please fill out the form linked below and email it to cschleichkorn@burlingtonsoccer.com AND then click on the blue button to register online! You will then receive a "Welcome" email prior to the start of the first session.

Embracing Ability Participant Information Sheet

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