2017 Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge

West Side Community Centre vs. North End Recreation Centre

When: February 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Where: Pictou County Wellness Centre
Why: Have fun and raise money for WSCC

If you would like to support this great fundraiser event, you can do so by making a pledge with a player from our team or make a donation online by clicking HERE. To make a donation online, simply click “Donate Now”, choose an amount and select the Broomball Challenge from the Fund/Designation drop-down menu.

There will be an annual door to door fundraising blitz Saturday January 21-23. Volunteers and broomball players will be canvassing homes on the West Side looking for donations. We hope to visit every home on the West Side but if we don’t make it to your house, you can still make donation, either online or by e-mail at We are asking that you support the WSCC and the activities in any way possible. It is with your support that the Community Centre will continue to thrive and be a hub of recreational activity in our community. Funds raised will go to the WSCC to pay for maintenance fees, programs, events, etc.


Want to Play Broomball?

Broomball is a recreational ice game originating in Canada and played around the world. It is played in a hockey rink, either indoors or outdoors, depending on climate and location. In a game of broomball there are two teams, each consisting of six players: a goaltender and five others. The object of the game is to score more goals than your opponent. Goals are scored by hitting the ball into your opponent’s net using your broom. Tactics and plays are similar to those used in sports such as ice hockey and roller hockey.

Players hit a small ball around the ice with a stick called a “broom.” The broom may have a wooden or aluminum shaft and has a rubber-molded triangular head similar in shape to that of a regular broom. Players wear special rubber-soled shoes instead of skates, and the ice is prepared in such a way that it is smooth and dry to improve traction.

The only skill required for the Jean MacLeod Memorial Broomball Challenge is the ability to have fun and raise much needed funds for the West Side Community Centre. If you are interested in playing, contact Rodney Hynes at

The History behind Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Broomball Challenge

In the late 1930’s, a child fell through the ice while skating on the East River. James D Macleod brought together a few leading business people and organized a fundraising effort to build an outdoor skating rink on the west side of town. The goal was to make it easily accessible to all town residents

His daughter, Jean Macleod, became heavily involved in the rink in many capacities all through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and stayed a loyal supporter during the course of her lifetime

Before her passing, Jean expressed her desire to start an event that would pay tribute to the past and at the same time promote volunteerism in the community rinks, which had reached an all time low

The last four broomball challenges have been a rousing success with large turnouts of both participants and fans. Money raised by the Westside and North End groups has exceeded $17,000 each year.