Community Broomball Shelburne

Organization Sponsor: Shelburne, Municipality of the District, Recreation and Parks Department

Organization Partner: Recreation Nova Scotia (formerly Nova Scotia Recreation and Parks Association)


Program Description

Broomball is offered as an activity during the "Take the Roof Off Winter" Community Events. It is open to all ages and equipment is available free of charge. There is a community partnership involved in the sharing of the equipment. The Recreation Dept provides the staff and the arena has helmets. They use the free cost of ice program. People love this event. Broomball was very popular in the 70-80 but seem to die out. There has been a renewed interest. One 10 year old kids actually went and booked his own free of ice to play more broomball. All ages play together. About 20 people play at a time and many show up just to watch. Broomball allows everyone to play regardless of skill.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Shelburne and the local arena

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This activity can be played by anyone regardless of age , skill or equipment needs. Broomball is play without skates so if you can walk you can play.

Impact Of Program: 

This activity has been enjoyed by the community and has been booked to its capacity. About 50-60 people come to each game.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from community and participants.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The town buys 100 hours of free ice time to be booked by anyone from the community. There is a partnership between the recreation dept and the rink. The rink provides helmets for free, brooms are borrowed and recreation provide staff.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Because of the age and sex difference you have to choose the teams for the players and distribute evenly as possible. You form teams before each game.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Broomball has been offered since 2007.

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