Players will forgo soccer balls for snowballs in Nanaimo today.
Soccer Saturday is cancelled due to the recent heavy snowfall and Nanaimo United FC players, coaches and friends are being invited to take part in a fun day, Nanaimo United Snow Day Extravaganza, instead.
Jade Richardson, the soccer club’s member services coordinator, said the club has never seen this much snow and the field is a disaster, but that doesn’t mean players can’t have fun.
“All of the kids are supposed to be playing soccer and we cancelled a bunch of games last weekend too, so we were like, ‘Oh you know what? Since the games are cancelled, we might as well offer something fun for the club to do as an activity,’” said Richardson.
She said there will be rules in place to ensure that it is a safe event and staff will go out prior to the event and choose and line a section of the field that looks untouched.
“It’s honestly one of those things, if people don’t want to throw snowballs, they don’t have to,” said Richardson. “The field is absolutely massive and we just kind of want to engage everyone to come together as our little soccer community. They can make snow angels, build snowmen … people have been here all week doing things, sledding down the hills, we can see them from the office.”
Richardson said the fun begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the soccer fields at Beban Park. Hot chocolate will be served at the nearby clubhouse afterwards, she said.