Club offers tennis for everyone, all ages
Members of the Orangeville Tennis Club (OTC) are already back on the courts, enjoying the early spring weather.
“Usually the courts are wet but because of our weather we’ve been able to play,” said former OTC president Anne Yeager. “Our official opening is April 28th, but tradition is that if the weather is good we put up some nets and we invite people that were last year’s members to come back and get back into shape and start thinking tennis.”
The official opening will take place at the OTC location in Rotary Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, when a barbecue and refreshments will be available for new or returning members.
“We’re the community tennis club. We’re all volunteers on the executive, it’s totally non-profit,” said Ms. Yeager. “We work in cooperation with the Town of Orangeville and they’ve been wonderful to work with.”
She says the goal of the OTC is tennis for everyone, so it’s very accessible price-wise. There are no court fees, just the initial seasonal fee. New members can join as an adult, a junior or as a family.
“We do have a website, www.orangeville tennisclub.com, and you can download the membership forms from there and mail them in or you can come on opening day, we’ll have people doing registrations that day,” Ms. Yeager said. “A lot of our focus is fun and fitness for all ages and those that like to be competitive that option is here too.”
Members have a full range of options available. There is social tennis right up to a competitive A team. There are also club tournaments with options like ladies’ doubles or a mix tournament as well as social tournaments where you are constantly playing with a new partner.
“We also have lessons and clinics for those who want to learn the game or improve on their game,” she explained. “In the past few years, and I’m hoping we do again this year, we have a kids’ fun night, so we introduce tennis to children as young as four years old. We have little junior racquets they can use, we have junior nets and the foam balls and the court becomes half the size so they can have some success playing.”
Ms. Yeager believes one draw of the OTC is the accessibility. It is located right in downtown Orangeville, the price is very reasonable and it is one of the cheapest things you can do as an individual or a family for fun and fitness. She says they have members ranging from very young right up to 80 years old.
“This year, the big news is that we’ve gotten approval from the town to have the four courts,” Ms. Yeager says.
She explains that right now the OTC has three courts and a fourth court is fenced off, belonging to the Town.
“We’ve been working for that for like 10 years and we’re finally going to pull it off,” said OTC president Rod Yeager. “One of the things we’d like to do with additional courts and that is we want to expand our programs, particularly for juniors.”
Ms. Yeager explains that the fourth court hasn’t been well maintained throughout the years and now that the Town has turned it over to the OTC they will be removing the fencing and resurfacing the court.
Once you are a member of the OTC you are given the combination to the locks for the courts, enabling members to use the courts whenever they would like, unless there is a scheduled event or lessons in progress.
An agreement with the town now being drafted outlines certain hours for public time on the courts.