By Tina Comeau
The Yarmouth Clippers Soccer Club is holding a soccer fun day at its new soccer field in Hebron on Saturday, July 23.
The event is also being held in memory of Janet Smith.
Smith was a strong supporter of the local soccer movement and the Yarmouth Clippers Soccer Club. She died last December in an automobile accident on Highway 101. July 23 would have been Smith’s 53rd birthday.
As part of the events on Saturday the new field, which is located on Highway 1 between the Yarmouth Municipal Building and Maple Grove Education Centre, will be named the Janet Smith Memorial Field.
Pam Mood, the president of the Yarmouth Clippers Soccer Club, says Smith, along with others, had long advocated for the establishment of a dedicated soccer field in Yarmouth. While there are soccer fields in Yarmouth County, they are part of school properties, as opposed to a stand-alone field. And over the years the club has also had to use baseball fields to accommodate its soccer programs.
Smith also played soccer and also helped to organize local soccer events. She also served as the registrar for the club. Her passion for the sport could be seen in her involvement both on and off the field.
In addition to the naming of the field, an official opening of the soccer club’s clubhouse at the field will take place. Just recently the club announced that the canteen at the clubhouse is now operational.
The soccer field is being used four nights a week for programs involving soccer players ranging in age from three year olds to 10 year olds.
There are around 500 players registered in the Yarmouth Clippers Soccer Club’s summer programming. All age divisions are invited to participate in the July 23 event in Hebron.
The activities on July 23 are:
Pancake breakfast 9-10 a.m.
Skills competition 10-11:30 a.m.
Official naming of the field 11:30 a.m.
Cake and barbecue 12 noon
The cost for the soccer fun day is $3 a person.