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OSU Kick-Start Program builds soccer accessibility

By OSU Force Academy

OSU Soccer is proud to announce the launch of the Kick-Start Program, designed to help support children in need across the City of Ottawa by providing them access to soccer equipment.

This year especially, the role that sport will play in children’s lives is that much more valuable, so OSU has made it a priority to help by donating new soccer balls to children from the City of Ottawa who wish to participate.

When in-person activities becomes feasible again, the program plans further growth and is planning to offer soccer training within the communities, making it possible to access quality programming possible to all who are interested.

The Kick-Start Program has come together through with the partnership of three community leaders. Each partner will support the program in the following ways:
Ottawa Police Service will personally deliver the soccer equipment to families across Ottawa using their neighbourhood teams.

The Catholic Centre for Immigrants will help promote the program to families and community groups they are in contact with, to ensure all children have the chance to participate.

Ottawa South United will be donating all equipment through an extension of its Help The Kids Play Fund.

In addition, through personal equipment donations (i.e. gently used cleats and shin pads), the program will be further enhanced beyond a soccer ball for many children.

OSU launches Community School Partner Program

OSU is supporting bringing back sport for all children in our community through its Community School Partner Program.

OSU will hold one-day School Soccer Festivals in the Spring or Fall on location at partner schools, providing accessible soccer programming to all students.

Two scholarships per school will also be provided for children to join OSU’s recreational program in the summer who may not be able to otherwise.

The scholarships are made possible thanks to the generous donations received to OSU’s Help the Kids Play Fund.

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Jean-Robert-Gauthier Sports-Study Soccer Program

Since 2019, the École élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert-Gauthier, in partnership with OSU Soccer has offered a Sports-Study Soccer Program to students from grades 3 to 6.

The program encourages student learning and development as well as their sense of discipline by following a flexible schedule that combines education and training.

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