Kiera is a player with passion for soccer that knows no bounds. As a youngster she faced adversity through cancer that led to her becoming a leg amputee. A significant barrier for most and especially for someone hungry to continue playing soccer, a sport she had grown up playing since a young age. Having recentlyContinue reading “When Kiera was told ‘no’.”
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A Club Leader Call to Action.
If you have one of these: then you need one of these: A key component of the Canada Soccer National Youth License is an inclusive and accessible soccer organization. Overall the License requires clubs to demonstrate good Governance, Administration, Infrastructure and Technical components, and within that Administration section is a recommendation to offer ‘enhanced communityContinue reading “A Club Leader Call to Action.”
“True allyship demands that it move from conversation to action” Emmanuel Acho In celebration of the 2021 AccessAbility Week (May 30th-June 5th) in Canada, Soccability Canada held its first ever Accessible Soccer Forum on Friday May 28th. This was our next stake in the ground towards a more accessible and inclusive soccer environment in Canada.Continue reading “Allyship”
Build back better.
‘Build Back Better’ a mantra that has become synonymous with a hopeful post-pandemic return to sport. I’ll be honest that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with this concept and I’ve found myself pushing back on it. Not because I don’t believe it’s important or that I think it’s impossible. The fact is that many grassrootsContinue reading “Build back better.”
How does systemic change happen? There are people working in and around accessible soccer/ football that have been at it for years. This isn’t about the past. To a certain extent this blog is not really about the present either and much more about the future. In some of my more recent presentations to clubsContinue reading “Change.”
As an organization focused on the growth of accessible soccer programs going through the process of defining our values should be straightforward. We’re about meaningful inclusion, collaboration and innovation with a strategic focus on making as much impact as we can, as quickly as we can. Below we outline the 6 Core Values of SoccabilityContinue reading “Values”
‘Filling people’s sails’.
During the past ten months we’ve all become familiar with online meetings, waiting rooms, remembering to hit un-mute before talking while learning the difference between Meeting ID’s and Participant ID’s. After we became more comfortable with online interactions following the steep learning curve back in March and April 2020 it then became more about theContinue reading “‘Filling people’s sails’.”
It’s not rocket science!
Occasionally in a search for fresh knowledge and insights you stumble across a goldmine of information that brings with it greater awareness, validation and energy. In The Inclusion Club I found just that goldmine. The Inclusion Club is a collaboration of five experts working in the field of accessible and inclusive sport and recreation basedContinue reading “It’s not rocket science!”
Is everyone joining us on the ‘Road to 2026’?
The Canada Soccer Podcast hosted by Jason DeVos, Director of Soccer Development has been an enjoyable listen during the course of this pandemic. New podcasts released each Friday evening have become a staple of my Saturday morning as I listed to a wide range of guests sharing their experiences during this time from different levelsContinue reading “Is everyone joining us on the ‘Road to 2026’?”
Clemson Para Soccer Goes Virtual
During this unique time in our history there have been countless webinars from 1 -hour chats to full day conferences. Notable offerings have include the United Soccer Coaches ‘Coaching through COVID’ series and the Move United ‘Leadership Series’ in May. During the last weekend of June staff at Clemson University under their Clemson Para SoccerContinue reading “Clemson Para Soccer Goes Virtual”