Leveling the playing field: E Co-op students launch KW's first bubble soccer league

Bubble soccer in actionWhen I enrolled in the Math and Business Double Degree program at Waterloo, I planned to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams through a technical startup. Instead, I ended up working on a more traditional sports and recreation business—although the recreational activities we provide are anything but traditional!

My co-founder Edward Qian and I are spending an Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) term working on GeeseRabbit. Our goal at GeeseRabbit is to introduce or create new types of recreational activities that people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy together. Typically, these activities are goofy, fun, and bring teamwork to a whole new level.

Bubble soccer—fun, safe, and full-contact

Currently, we specialize in Bubble Soccer, a fun rendition of traditional soccer in which all the players are encased in giant bubble suits. This makes it a fun—and safe—full contact activity. 

Edward first tried bubble soccer in China during the summer of 2013. He loved that he was able to play on par with his more athletic friends and that the bubbles made physical contact both safe and fun. We decided to bring bubble sports the KW and GTA communities. 

Mandy and Edward with E Launch awardLast summer, we had a very busy season. From there, we realized there were many more opportunities to grow the business, from starting a league to introducing more activities, if only we had the time for it. E Co-op provided a great opportunity to dedicate more time to the company.

Mandy and Edward won a $5,000 E Launch Award at the Ignition Week Pitch Competition.  

Launching Kitchener Waterloo's first bubble soccer league

We've been busy this term improving the design of our bubbles, ordering a batch of our newly-improved design from our supplier, and brainstorming other products to introduce to the local community (currently, we're considering getting a few earth balls). 

Bubble soccer in action

After much preparation, we are excited to launch the first Bubble Soccer league in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Taking place between January and March 2016, it will be open to the community and hosted in various public schools across the region. 

Our vision is to create a league where everyone is on a (more or less) even playing field.

Traditional soccer skills become obsolete once you are encased in a giant bubble. New strategies form around the physical contact aspect of the game, and players are forced to think quickly on their feet to deliver sharp kicks before being knocked to the ground. 

We hope that strong team-building will occur between players when they realize that the only way to win is to make sure everyone is standing upright. 

Interested in joining or sponsoring the league? Visit the GeeseRabbit website for details.

Players on the field

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