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Hope and Health Soccer Event returns to Naniamo August 17th

Hope and Health is an annual event that that builds resilience and connection for Aboriginal children and youth through the wonderful sport of soccer. The annual event is in its 6th year in Nanaimo. It will run on August 17th from 10am to 3pm at Merle Logan Turf Field. Registration opens at 9am.

A partnership between KL and the Hope and Health for Life Society, the day-long event brings together players and coaches from Vancouver Whitecaps FC and VIU, with Aboriginal children and youth to learn life and leadership skills through soccer skills and drills.

In addition to being able to meet, learn from and play with professional soccer players, there is also a boot drive gifting new and gently used cleats, snacks and lunch, and other fun games.

Hope and Health aims to inspire hope, as well as improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and life conditions for Aboriginal children and youth.

There is still time to register! Click here for the registration form. children will be accepted the day of the event as long as they have the registration filled out.


August 17th at Merle Logan Turf Field

  • Registration OPENS at 9am

  • Event runs from 10:00am - 3:00pm


Please be aware that we are gifting gently worn and brand new cleats, collected through our Boot Drive on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS (one pair per participant)! Please note that smaller sizes are very limited.


Please be sure that your child/youth is dressed in layers and has a hat for shading. We will have continuous water to keep everyone hydrated! We will ALSO provide snacks and lunch :)


You may drive into the parking lot and drop off the kids/youth at the entrance of the fields. You are welcome to drop off your child/youth to participate for the day without your supervision but PLEASE be on time for pick up at 3:00pm as we do not have any supervision at the field beyond 3:30pm.

You may ALSO stay and spectate, if that is your preference!

We look very forward to welcoming your beautiful children and youth on the pitch on Thursday and enjoying an active and inspirational day! We have 10 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Players super pumped to meet and greet the kids and we are implementing a new program that teaches life and leadership skills through the soccer skills and drills :) How cool is that?!

If you have any concerns or questions at all, please call or text me (Deana Gill) at anytime at 604.388.4673.

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