Friday, July 27, 2012

Nanaimo Soccer Goal Post Safety


July 26, 2012- In light of recent tragic events the City of Nanaimo, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department wishes to inform the public of the following information regarding soccer goals used on municipal properties. The majority of the City’s soccer goals are regulation 24’x 8’x 6’ nonadjustable, aluminum goals with welded joints, with no nuts or bolts as fasteners. The goals are placed on the field and anchored in two places into the ground which prevents a goal from tipping over. There is also a luminous colour warning sticker on each goal illustrating and stating to ‘never climb on a goal’.

The McGirr Sports Field Complex is also equipped with the same type of regulation aluminum goals that are anchored in place at the beginning of each soccer season.

For younger players, McGirr and Nanaimo Youth Soccer Associations provide a range of goal options, from blow up goals for the 5 & 6 year old players, PVC style goals for the 7-9 year olds and the super 8 size metal goals for ages 10 and 11 years old players, which are fastened into the ground.

Safety for all field users is of primary concern and all City maintained fields and infrastructure are inspected weekly and documented by City parks staff. As with all City Parks Recreation and Culture facilities and equipment the public is encouraged to report any concerns they may have to the parks operations office at 250 755 7515.

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