Tennis program, soccer and crokinole poised to start
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | May 24, 2018
It looks as though Algonquin Highlands will have a youth tennis program this summer.
Chris Card, manager of parks, recreation and trails, told council May 17 that Al Aubry had volunteered to run the program for eight to 14-year-olds starting the first Tuesday in July, and running every Tuesday until the end of August.
He said children could drop in to the program that will begin at 10 a.m. at the Stanhope tennis courts. He said it’s open to all skill levels. He explained it would be run by two volunteers every week and Aubry will take care of the schedule and work with the township on criminal reference checks.
Participants just need non-marking shoes and water bottles. They can bring their own rackets or borrow ones. It would be by donation. Card said all the township has to pay for is a ball hopper, estimated at $40-$80. Meanwhile, Card said plans are well underway for the soccer league this year. He said the township was successful in getting grants for six sets of new nets and for training coaches. Training is scheduled for June 2 at Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall.
“We will be offering a fundamental movement skills training through the Coaches Association of Ontario for our coaches,” Card said in a written report. He said Invitations will be sent to surrounding municipalities to join the training for a fee suggested by the program administrator of $65. He said 61 children had signed up for this year, ranging from five to 14 years old. Following registration this past Saturday, May 19, teams will be picked. And, resident Valorie Arnup has approached the Stanhope Recreation Committee about running a crokinole program.
She wants to hold an evening once a month, year-round, at the Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall. “Valorie belongs to the National Crokinole Association and is willing to volunteer her time in order to have this event available to the public,” Card said. He added she can get four crokinole boards and will not require any supplies.
This program will be operated as a drop-in by donation. The program would not have an age limit and would be accessible to all ages. For now, the committee is looking at Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Coun. Marlene Kyle said she supported the tennis and crokinole programs but does think the township needs a more consistent payment policy for these activities as some are at a small cost, others by donation and others free.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.