The Pickering Soccer Club’s All Abilities Program is a unique program which offers children and youth with special needs a chance to have fun, make friends and get fit through the great game of soccer. We have grown to become one of the largest programs in Canada, and have earned multiple large Province of Ontario Grants for program development.
How Can YOU Help?
Our program’s success comes mainly from our dedicated and motivated young volunteer leaders who serve as volunteer mentors and coaches to our athletes.
We are always looking for volunteers to join our program. You will receive specialized training and the opportunity to truly make a difference in our community. Join our team to help us continue to bring much needed sports programs to the many, many kids in our community who may never get a chance to play and have fun in a sports environment.
What a unique, valuable and rewarding way to gain your high school community service hours. More importantly, you will make cherished friendships with our athletes and their families and contribute to our vision that every child deserves the chance to pull on a soccer shirt, lace up their soccer boots, and high five a teammate who has just scored a goal.
Bring a friend! Because what’s more fun that sharing a fantastic experience with your BFF?
Our volunteers have been honoured with City of Pickering Civic Awards, Pickering Soccer Club’s Hero of the Community Awards, Durham Region Accessibility Award, and Hon. Tracy McCharles Volunteer Leadership awards, to name a few – here are some highlights:
Pickering Soccer Club Hero of the Community Award
To recognize a volunteer for outstanding service to the club and community.
In May 2011, we put out the call for volunteers to coach and mentor in the special needs program. Many members of the 1999 under 12 girls program immediately stepped up. Through their incredible dedication, passion and commitment to their community, they have provided the simple pleasure having some fun on the soccer field to hundreds of athletes with exceptional needs who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. Through rain or shine, whether it was the call to help at our fundraising events, or attend our coach training sessions, or coerce their parents to drive them to Peterborough to coach at the Special Olympics tournament during the coldest, rainiest most miserable August day ever, these girls have come through. Many of them have continued to be coaches, mentors and friends for our athletes for 3 ½ years – that’s 7 seasons worth (summer/winter) worth of coaching – collectively over 2500 hours of exceptional service. They have exemplified what it means to be a “Hero of the Community.” And now they are paying it forward, with Julia and the others helping to train and mentor a new crew of U11 players who have joined as coaches.
We also want to honour one other long time coach of the program; Azalea P. Last year, Azalea took a small donation of soccer balls from the club and with some crazy effort in less than a week, parlayed it to collect a total of 56 soccer balls to bring with her to Indonesia to donate to orphanages and the poor. Now hundreds more kids have the simple pleasure of playing the beautiful game – because of this Hero of the Community.
Girls, because of you, there are hundreds of new soccer players in Pickering in Indonesia. More importantly, thank you for the thousands of smiles you’ve create every week.
Julia H, Emma K, Emily E, Amethyst P, Sara A, Taylor D, Azalea P
Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Award
The The Honourable Tracy MacCharles, M.L.A. for Pickering-Scarborough East, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues and Accessibility awarded Amethyst P, Aubergine P, Sara A, Camellia D and Christina D – all long-time volunteers with the Pickering Soccer Club’s All Abilities Program – with the Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition award, for women and girls who are improving the lives of others through volunteer work.