The Burlington Soccer Club is proud to offer the Embracing Ability program in partnership with the Special Olympics, Partners in Play. This is an integrated program designed for anyone between the ages of 5 and 13 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 work 1 on 1 with the athletes while implementing developmentally appropriate programming. This program allows participants the opportunity to enjoy and learn about soccer in a positive, accessible and inclusive environment, while learning and developing key social skills.

For inquiries, please contact Chloe Schleichkorn at

Interested in sponsoring the Embracing Ability program?
Visit our Sponsors & Offers page for more information.

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 also caring, creative, dedicated and enthusiastic individuals.

Program Information
  • For ages 5 to 13 years old, participants are separated into smaller groups based on ages/abilities.
  • Participants are provided a jersey, shorts, socks, and a certificate at the end of the session.
  • Participants must wear appropriate footwear (running shoes or soccer cleats) and are encouraged to wear shin pads to every session.

Sherwood Forest Park Domes

Age Group Dates Day/Time Location Notes
U6 – U14 Jan 19 – Apr 5 Sundays @ 2pm Dome 1 *Excludes Feb 16, Mar 15
U6 – U14 May 24 – Jul 26 Sundays @ 2pm The Pitch  
*All participants get an Embracing Ability T-Shirt
Registration Fee – $50


“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)

Want to Volunteer?
  • 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.