PGOSA launches ‘Summer Sports in Winter’ program

Free demo set for Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Arbutus Meadows indoor arena

The Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA) will launch a new Summer Sports in Winter campaign with a free demonstration day Sept. 27 at the Arbutus Meadows Complex indoor arena.

“This is the start of a big, new sports program in our little town,” organizer Rob Jonas said.

The indoor arena turf at Arbutus Meadows will be made available to PGOSA members this season for lawn sports including bocce and croquet, for slo-pitch for players 69-over, and for walking soccer, which Jonas termed the “next pickleball” worldwide for its growing popularity.

Next week’s free demo (from 2-4 p.m.) will showcase walking soccer and other activities at the arena, where PGOSA will have a registration table set up. Participants must be PGOSA members to take part.

Men’s and women’s walking soccer and slo-pitch for men 69-over (open to women 55-over) will each cost $40 for a 10-week season. Bocce and croquet will cost a $2 drop-in fee, pay as you attend. The majority of member fees provides group insurance and subsidizes equipment and rentals for PGOSA activities, said Jonas.

As of last week, nearly 200 participants had signed up for the Summer Sports in Winter program, Jonas said.

To sign up or to learn more, stop by the PGOSA table at Oceanside Place Arena Monday, Wednesday or Friday from

9-11 a.m., or drop-in at demo day at Arbutus Meadows. New members may join PGOSA for the balance of 2016 for $5.

More information is available at www.pgosa.org.

— Submitted by PGOSA