In December, Canada Soccer hosted an IDEA (Inclusive, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility) Day dedicated to bringing together Club leaders passionate about creating an inclusive soccer environment that recognizes and values diversity. This was the first event of its kind for the organization and focused on LGBTQ+ Inclusion and New to Canada participants. Featured guest speakers were Farkhunda Muhtaj, Director of Culture and Conscious at Respect Group, and Kurt Weaver, Chief Operating Officer at You Can Play.

Next up in IDEA:

Free Kicks Day Grant:

As part of our commitment to IDEA, Canada Soccer is excited to offer funding opportunities to community soccer clubs. The grant program, funded by Sport Canada, aims to reduce barriers for all new to Canada participants while promoting inclusion in organised soccer through club-hosted Free Kicks – Try it Event.

The application window for eligible organizations is now open. Grant funds can be used to cover the costs of hosting a Try It Day, designed to welcome more new to Canada participants, and/or an event celebrating inclusion within an organization.

The dates below reflect the overall grant timelines:

  • Applications are now closed 
  • Recipients are notified by 21 February 2024
  • Organisations host Free Kicks – Try It Events –  1 March to 31 May 2024

IDEA Training:

Sport is not an equal playing field: An introduction to Anti-Racism Literacy and Action

In collaboration with the Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign, Canada Soccer is pleased to bring you the ‘Sport is not an equal playing field: An introduction to Anti-Racism Literacy and Action’ workshop. This interactive session is designed for all sport stakeholders. Participants will receive a workbook that will enhance their engagement with the material.

  • Thursday 29 February 2024 – 12.00-15.00 ET / 09.00 -12.00 PT (delivered via Zoom)

Workshop participants will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • An introductory understanding of anti-racism literacy
  • The current state of racism and sport in Canada
  • Skills and tools on how to be an anti-racist in sport

Registration is now Open

*Workshop is limited to 50 participants.

February 29, 2024 IDEA Training Registration
Registration is now open
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Resources

Guide to Accessibility and Inclusion
Canada Soccer’s Pride Guide