2019 Ontario Soccer Summit

This blog provides a copy of the session entitled ‘All In With All Abilities’ at the February 2019 Ontario Soccer Summit. The session was delivered to approximately 30 attendees from across Ontario and BC with a focus on three different Club programs (North Toronto SC, Pickering Football Club All Abilities and Cambridge Youth Soccer ACES)Continue reading “2019 Ontario Soccer Summit”

Pararoos show us all what Para Soccer can be.

The fact that the Australian Pararoos, the Paralympic team of the Australian Football Federation were playing their first game on home soil in 19 years was a huge statement, made even more impressive is the fact that the program was axed in 2014 when the Australian Sports Commission deemed the team too much of aContinue reading “Pararoos show us all what Para Soccer can be.”

All Abilities Soccer – Where do we start?

Ontario Soccer webinar This webinar was presented on Monday September 30th as part of an Ontario Soccer webinar series. The webinar provides broad examples of inclusive and accessible soccer practices that grassroots Clubs and groups can use. Organizations are strongly encouraged to reach out and speak with some of the excellent grassroots program leaders listedContinue reading “All Abilities Soccer – Where do we start?”

Durham Region 2019 Ontario Para Sport Games

2019 Ontario Parasport Games 5’s Soccer Report After a successful 2019 Para Sport Games held across Durham Region (February 8th-10th) we’re excited to shared this report on the blind soccer tournament that was hosted at Pickering Soccer Centre. With legacy equipment from TO2015 and a fantastic crop of volunteers and experienced match officials we wereContinue reading “Durham Region 2019 Ontario Para Sport Games”

First ever North American Blind Soccer course.

The fact that the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) stepped up and made this course happen was a big move forward for the game but the fact that they were open to welcoming three guest coaches from Canada demonstrated the enthusiasm to grow this game and the recognition that at some point inContinue reading “First ever North American Blind Soccer course.”

Ontario Soccer’s first Accessible Festival

Last weekends Accessible Soccer Festival was the first held by Ontario Soccer and the first held by any provincial association in Canada. A number of grassroots Clubs, notably Kitchener SC, Pickering SC and Fergus-Elora District Soccer (FEDS) have held small festivals in the past but only FEDS appear to have a formula for success with aContinue reading “Ontario Soccer’s first Accessible Festival”

Blind soccer at 2017 Ontario ParaSport Games.

Last weekend in Brantford, or Paris to be exact, we finally wrote the next chapter in the development of blind soccer in Ontario and Canada. It seems a long time since the success of the Toronto 2015 Para Pan Am Games. At TO2015 we were fortunate to see the World No. 1 Brazil as theyContinue reading “Blind soccer at 2017 Ontario ParaSport Games.”

Special Needs Coach Education

I recently completed my Canadian Soccer Association National B Audit, a task I had been eager to do for a long time and thankfully, as the CSA launched the new re-certification process I jumped on a recent course in Vaughan, Ontario. Aside from the physical effort required to participate in many on-field sessions that prepareContinue reading “Special Needs Coach Education”

Reflection: Grassroots special needs soccer programs

A meeting last month got me reflecting long and hard on the role of accessible programs within our communities. The meeting with the passionate and knowledgeable staff of Community Living Ontario (CLO) focused on the role of community based soccer (and sport in general) program. After summarising the wide and excellent variety of community basedContinue reading “Reflection: Grassroots special needs soccer programs”