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All Abilities Program Deliverables 2018-2019







The Pickering Football Club’s All Abilities program has been offering accessible recreational opportunities to children and youth in the Durham area for the past 12 years. Today, we offer numerous programs year round at the Pickering Football Club and through our community partners in the Greater Toronto Area. Through growth and innovation, we have been able to pilot new projects every year offering expanded accessible programs to diverse populations.

In an effort to provide future accessible programming, we have established the All Abilities Development Fund. In partnership with Sport4Ontario and the National Sport Trust Fund, we are able to issue tax receipts for all donations.

Proceeds from the All Abilities Development Fund will be used to:

  • Create and implement All Abilities outreach programs in the Durham area
  • Purchase upgraded sport and recreational equipment
  • Provide leadership and accessibility training to our coaches and volunteers
  • Establish athlete and volunteer bursaries

Every child deserves the opportunity to participate in recreational opportunities that are fun, incorporates fitness and develops friendships. This holiday season, make giving back a holiday tradition. Consider supporting the Pickering Football Clubs All Abilities program.

Donate here:
Organization Name: Pickering Football Club
Project Name: All Abilities Development Fund
Project Number: 155

All Abilities Smiles

Happy Soul Play Day at U of T Nov. 24/19

Thank you to our All Abilities coaches Jarod and Sarah who attended the Happy Soul Play Day at U of T this past Sunday. The Pickering Football Club's All Abilities program was honored to take part in this amazing event. This inclusive play day provided a great backdrop for the launch of the 2020 Different is Beautiful Calendar which was created to spread awareness about the importance of inclusion for children of all abilities. The Play Day and Launch Party showcased the calendar, and gave everyone in attendance the opportunity to learn about inclusive games such as soccer, boccia ball, wheelchair basketball and dance.

For more information about the Happy Soul Project, please check out their website at

Meta Vocational Services supports PFC All Abilities

We are proud to announce that META Vocational Services will be sponsoring our All Abilities End of Season celebration. META provides employment services to help facilitate a more resilient, vibrant, and ever-changing community. We are grateful for their support of our All Abilities program and look forward to working with them this season!

For more information about their services, please check out:

What Else we Did...

Active Start

Working in  partnership with Ontario Tech University's Dr. Meghann Lloyd, PFC All Abilities are offering the new Active Start program.

Physical activity is essential for healthy development. The key is to encourage basic movement skills because these do not simply appear as a child grows older. These skills develop based upon an individual's heredity, environment, and activity experiences. Therefore, participation in programs that are active, safe, and fun such as this Active Start program should be a priority.

The goal of Active Start is to improve the skills of 4-6 year old children with autism using an 8 week curriculum targeting various Fundamental Motor Skills. FMS are important for activities of daily living and are an essential component of physical activity participation later in life. Research has also linked the advancement of motor skills to social, behavioral and communication skill improvements. Although the purpose of this program is to improve motor skills, the ultimate goal is to provide these kids with a space to lean, feel included and have lots of fun.

We are honoured to be the first organization offering this program within the Durham community.

  • June – August,  2019 ( 8 weeks)

Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital All Abilities Program
The Pickering Football Club presents the All Abilities Soccer Program in partnership with, and hosted by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital. Combined with physical literacy, the program offers structure, flexibility, encouragement, group activities, and sport that meet the unique needs and abilities of each athlete.

  • Winter: October  – March (14 weeks)  
  • Spring:  March  – May (8 weeks)

All Abilities Multi-Sport Program

Based on feedback from our All Abilities athletes and families, we introduced a new program. The All Abilities Multi-Sport program was created to offer our families a spring program that would introduce them to new activities and sports. With help from our parents/caregivers and volunteers, our athletes got a taste of Soccer-Baseball, Baseball, Football, and Soccer-Rugby.

  • April – May 2019 (8 weeks)

There is More...!

All Abilities Outreach

  • Grandview  –  October 2018 &  May 2019  The Pickering Football Club’s All Abilities program hosted the Grandview Youth Group for an All Abilities soccer session and mini-social. As the Pickering Football Club partners with Grandview on several key projects, we not only provide annual All Abilities outreach programs but also host this twice-a-year development event. The goal is to provide Grandview Youth Group members with an opportunity to visit/explore sport locations outside of Grandview and engage in accessible soccer.
  • Stewart Home  –  July – August 2019  This summer our All Abilities coaches executed a 6 week outreach program with Stewart Homes – Glenview location. Stewart Homes – Glenview, is a local group home that houses 8 residence who are medically fragile with complex care needs. The goal of this summer program was to bring the All Abilities Soccer program into the community, to residence that experience a barrier in accessing the program in our facility. By facilitating this outreach program, we exposed the residence to new recreational & sport activities and social opportunities. It also provided a unique learning opportunity for our coaching staff, by exposing them to people with a variety of disabilities that we don’t regularly see in our program.  
  • MLSE Launchpad – August 2019  MLSE LaunchPad is a place where youth facing barriers use sport to recognize and reach their potential. The All Abilities program partnered with MSLE LaunchPad to deliver an afternoon of sport programing to their summer boys age 11 – 14,  leadership camp.
  • Durham Regional Police Children’s Games – October 2018  The DRP Children’s Games have enjoyed a long history of providing a fun and inclusive sporting opportunity to children ages 5 to 18 with a variety of physical disabilities. Each year the Pickering Football Club’s All Abilities program is invited to participate in this event and run a soccer station as part of their games.

Athlete Socials

PFC offers a number of social events for our athletes through the year. These socials are an excellent opportunity for our athletes to get to know one another a little better.... making friends while having fun! Making friends can be challenging for many of our athletes. Our socials events assist our athletes in building friendships that we hope extend beyond the field.

  • Holiday Hot Chocolate & Games – Sat Dec 21, 2018
  • Crafts and Games Day –  Sun Jul 14, 2019
  • Friendship Tournament –  Sat Jul 20, 2019
  • Picnic & Splash Pad Social –  Sat Aug 10, 2019

Additional Volunteer and Staff Training

  • All Abilities Winter Volunteer Training – Sat Oct 20, 2018
  • All Abilities Summer Volunteer Training – Sat May 8, 2019
  • Transitional Coaching Workshop presented by Queens University -  Fri Jun 7, 2019
  • Active Start Program Training presented by UOIT – Tue Jun 11, 2019

Volunteer Socials

Without funding, or our volunteers, we would not have a program. This year, we have recognized the importance of volunteer bonds and have provided a number of opportunities for those bonds to be ignited. Volunteer socials build community, increase socialization between our volunteers, and improves self esteem. These socials also provide a great opportunity for conversation and for our staff to receive feedback about the volunteer experience in a casual environment.  

  • Volunteer Feedback Meeting – Sat Feb 2, 2019
  • Volunteer Appreciation Training & BBQ – Sat Jun 1, 2019