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Outreach Programs Outreach Programs


ABYSA is proud to offer year-round Outreach Programs that provide soccer programming to over 800 under-privileged and under-served youth in the community. ABYSA partners with Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department, the YWCA, Asheville City Schools Foundation, and Project March’s Children First program. With the help of volunteers and community support, ABYSA offers several outreach programs, such as Go To Goal!, Project Kickstart, and Soccer in the Schools. These rising programs have received only positive feedback, constantly working to pursue their goal of providing children in Asheville and Buncombe County with the health, social, and developmental benefits of youth team sports in an age appropriate and emotionally safe environment.” 

Project Kick Start

Project Kick Start, ABYSA’s expanded outreach program, just celebrated its three-year anniversary this past May. Each year, Project Kick Start provides over 800 at-risk children in Asheville with the opportunity to be involved in soccer or other team sports. Through the game of soccer, we strive to provide these children with the health and social benefits of youth team sports.

Project Kick Start offers the benefits of physical exercise, healthy snack opportunities, team-building, skill acquisition and mastery, life skills development, team participation, self confidence development, and confliction resolution skills—to a target population of low-income, at-risk children youth who are otherwise neglected by other youth sports organizations.

This summer marks the start of ABYSA’s third year partnering with Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts’ Summer Playground Program. The program delivers eight weeks of soccer to 450 children at 10 recreation centers throughout the city of Asheville and Buncombe County. During each session, coaches implement activities that challenge children physically, encourage their creativity, and foster their cooperation.

For the past two years, we have partnered with Children First’s Project March to implement 10 weeks of soccer programming during the spring and fall for 40 children living in the Pisgah View, Deaverview, and Woodrige neighborhoods. In addition to an hour of fun and enriching soccer activities each week, coaches also meet with the children to help with homework.

ABYSA has received only positive feedback for all of these programs and will continue to work to fulfill their mission: “To provide children in Asheville and Buncombe County with the health, social, and developmental benefits of youth team sports in an age appropriate and emotionally safe environment.”

Go To Goal

For 14 years, Go To Goal! has been providing under-served girls in Asheville with a successful after-school athletic and life skills program. Through the game of soccer, the program reaches teacher-refered girls between the ages of 8 and 11 and challenges them both mentally and physically in an effort to facilitate their academic and social development within the school setting. This life skills and athletics program is provided at no cost to participants, their families, or the school. ABYSA provides healthy snacks during practice, all of the appropriate soccer gear, and transportation to and from home for games and practices.

Each season, 20-24 girls participate in Go To Goal! In addition to working hard at practice, the girls get to demonstrate their progress each season in ABYSA’s U11 Recreation Program. This competition not only provides the Go To Goal! team with the opportunity to demonstrate their soccer skills, but it also offers them the opportunity to demonstrate the team chemistry and sportsmanship that the program strives to instill in each player.

Soccer in the Schools

ABYSA’s Outreach program "Soccer in the Schools" reaches over 20,000 students (Kindergarten through 6th grade) each year through Asheville and Buncombe County schools and many private and charter schools. ABYSA’s professional staff works with area Physical Education teachers to take the school through a week of soccer during their normal P.E. classes.  Since its inception in 2005, ABYSA’s Soccer in the Schools program has educated over 4250 seperate classes and has spent over 170 weeks working with local schools in an effort to promote healthy living and a passion for sport.

The focus of the program is to provide students with a fun and engaging PE class, while educating them on the benefits of sport and exercise, and encouraging them to join an after school activity that will contribute to their health and well-being. The ABYSA Soccer in the Schools program understands the benefits of an active lifestyle, and through its programming, strives to establish healthy patterns of living that will continue into adulthood.


ABYSA TOPSoccer is a community based soccer program for young athletes with exceptional needs ages 5-18. The emphasis of this program is on development, training, and meaningful participation rather than on competition. TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the USYSA’s mission statement, which is “to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and abilities”. Our goal is to enable these young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer. 

The program is offered each Fall and Spring. The season is structured to run 7 Sundays although sometimes we will run on Saturday to avoid a Mother’s Day or other holidays. The program is structured in a way that players are assigned a “soccer buddy” and are grouped by age or ability and work through stations on the field with the focus on “High Fun” At the end of the play date their will be in informal scrimmage with those who want to stay and play which will last about 15-20 minutes. 

Registration for this program is quick and easy by clicking on the SIGN UP NOW. Your register in ABYSA Fall Recreation soccer and select TOPSoccer once in the registration.   Once you register you’ll receive details about the season.

***If you have any questions about playing, coaching, or serving as a soccer buddy for the TOPSoccer program then please contact Shane Weems at 828-299-7277 Ext. 304 or email him at [email protected].

Helpful Links

Outreach Program Staff Contacts

Josh Jackson - ABYSA Outreach Coordinator; Go to Goal Coordinator
[email protected]
828-299-7277 x315

Shane Weems - Soccer in the Schools and TOPSoccer Coordinator
[email protected]
828-299-7277 x304

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Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

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