The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre was the place to be for kids and families as Engage Sport North put on a free Family Day event at the venue.

Teaming with the City of Prince George and the UNBC Timberwolves, sports like soccer, badminton, and pickle-ball were offered to kids for free.

This was not the first showing for the event, as coordinator Francois Loignon explains what’s new this year.

“We have a draw with many different prizes for people who come and participate, we want them to participate in many different sports so we created some sort of rotation so every 30 minutes if they want to try different sports they can rotate, and we also have wheelchairs this year to make it accessible for families with non-able bodies.”

The big kicker for this event is the ability to put it on for free.

As Loignon explains, he’s happy to see kids participate when they otherwise may not have been able to.

“We’re really proud offering free programs here,” he says.

“The partnerships with coaches and organizations, it gets our community to come and try things, when sometimes they don’t have the funds to do it, and when you offer free sports and programs like this parents really like it and it opens they might be able to participate in many different sports because they think ‘I loved soccer when I played there on Family Day’ so it really opens their eyes on what we have to offer.”