Bonivital SC’s all abilities program gaining momentum
Recent two-day pilot a success, new programs slated to run into 2023
A key organizer of new soccer program designed to encourage participation of people of all abilities is encouraged by the success of its recent launch.
The two pilot program days for Bonivital Soccer Club’s all abilities soccer program were recently held on Oct. 29 and 30 at University of Winnipeg RecPlex, and both days attracted more than 20 participants.
One of the goals of the all abilities soccer program is to help provide children and youth aged between nine and 16 with intellectual and or/physical disabilities with an opportunity to learn about and play soccer.
Jason Moist, the project’s technical lead, said the pilot project proved to be a great success, and he’s grateful to all the athletes that took part on the pilot sessions and the volunteers that helped facilitate them.
Since the day after the pilot sessions, organizers have been working hard behind the scenes to determine what the next phase of the program will look like, Moist said.
“We had lots of good feedback and excited athletes,” Moist said, referring to the recent pilot sessions.
A longtime volunteer in the city’s soccer community who has coached at Bonivital for the best part of the last decade, Moist said a number of different factors have had to be considered when planning and developing the program, including the availability and cost of indoor space rental and the fact that “lots of our athletes need to be locked into a regular schedule.”
“We’re really excited to get the programs started,” he said.
At press time, it had recently been announced that regular programming will be available between the end of November and the end of April 2023.
Each program will consist of 10, 90-minute sessions, which will be held at the RecPlex on Saturday afternoons. The first session will be an all abilities deaf session for athletes aged nine to 16 on Nov. 26, which will be followed by an all abilities all session for the same age group (for athletes with intellectual or physical disabilities) on Dec. 3. The two different sessions will be held on alternate Saturdays. An ASL interpreter will be present at all of the all abilities deaf sessions.
In terms of registration capacity, Moist said there will be a limit of participants to ensure the quality of the programs are consistent and to maintain a safe space for participating athletes, so prospective participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Go online at www.bonivitalsoccer.com for more information, including times, dates and costs. Individuals are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get help registering and are asked to include their child’s name and date of birth when emailing.
Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at email@example.com or call him at 204-697-7111.