Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club debuts new outdoor courts

News Sep 15, 2015 by Tara Hatherly East York Mirror

The Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club is inviting everyone to celebrate its grand reopening.

It officially debuts its new outdoor courts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party at the club, 15 Leaside Park Dr. There will be free tennis lessons, cake and refreshments, along with a round-robin tournament, 50/50 draw and silent auction.

Christine Barachina, club president, said she hopes the $70,000 revamp will help the club continue to grow.

“With the rise of tennis, with Eugenie Bouchard, Milos and all those tennis Canadian superstars, we’ve noticed a big jump in tennis in Canada and Toronto,” she said.

“So we’re hoping to gain more memberships through resurfacing the club.”

Membership has been increasing lately, especially among children, she added.

“The kids see these superstars on TV, and they were once upon a time just like them, they started at a grass-roots tennis club like ours,” she said. “And that’s great, because we always want to help the juniors, because that’s where the next generation of new tennis stars will come up.”

To encourage kids to try tennis, the club offers $50 youth memberships with four free starter lessons.

It also has lots for adults and seniors, with teams, tournaments and programs for all ages and skill levels, and social events. There is a social round robin on Wednesdays, where people can drop in to meet and play with other members, along with parties throughout the year. Adult memberships are $100, and seniors are $70. Discounted 2015 memberships are available for anyone looking to play before the club closes this fall.

Currently, the club has 300 members.

Open since the 1970s, this is the first time its courts have been redone since 2008.

“They were in really bad shape,” noted Barachina. “Most clubs in the city are at capacity, we’re one of the few that are not ... We couldn’t compete against them, because our facility wasn’t up to par, but now that we finally have been able to achieve this great goal, we’re hoping that we can.”

If the reopening is rained out, it will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 instead.

People planning to get on the courts should wear running shoes and comfortable clothing. A limited number of tennis racquets will be available for use for people who don’t bring one.

Julie Campbell, the club’s social director, encouraged anyone who’s interested in trying tennis to check it out.

“I think tennis sometimes gets an exclusive wrap,” she said. “Our club is very open to all people ... It’s a really inclusive atmosphere. I find people really, really friendly and welcoming. And our head, Jimmy, he always is willing to spend some time and give you some tips. I just find it a really welcoming, awesome environment.”

Campbell added she’s excited for the new courts, and hopes to see lots of new faces at the reopening celebration.

“I hope everyone comes out,” she said. “Explore your local community, and meet some new people.”

Visit www.tptc.ca for more information about the Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club, or contact info@tptpc.ca or 416-429-7108.

Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club debuts new outdoor courts

Everyone invited to try new courts on Saturday, Sept. 19

News Sep 15, 2015 by Tara Hatherly East York Mirror

The Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club is inviting everyone to celebrate its grand reopening.

It officially debuts its new outdoor courts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party at the club, 15 Leaside Park Dr. There will be free tennis lessons, cake and refreshments, along with a round-robin tournament, 50/50 draw and silent auction.

Christine Barachina, club president, said she hopes the $70,000 revamp will help the club continue to grow.

“With the rise of tennis, with Eugenie Bouchard, Milos and all those tennis Canadian superstars, we’ve noticed a big jump in tennis in Canada and Toronto,” she said.

“So we’re hoping to gain more memberships through resurfacing the club.”

Membership has been increasing lately, especially among children, she added.

“The kids see these superstars on TV, and they were once upon a time just like them, they started at a grass-roots tennis club like ours,” she said. “And that’s great, because we always want to help the juniors, because that’s where the next generation of new tennis stars will come up.”

To encourage kids to try tennis, the club offers $50 youth memberships with four free starter lessons.

It also has lots for adults and seniors, with teams, tournaments and programs for all ages and skill levels, and social events. There is a social round robin on Wednesdays, where people can drop in to meet and play with other members, along with parties throughout the year. Adult memberships are $100, and seniors are $70. Discounted 2015 memberships are available for anyone looking to play before the club closes this fall.

Currently, the club has 300 members.

Open since the 1970s, this is the first time its courts have been redone since 2008.

“They were in really bad shape,” noted Barachina. “Most clubs in the city are at capacity, we’re one of the few that are not ... We couldn’t compete against them, because our facility wasn’t up to par, but now that we finally have been able to achieve this great goal, we’re hoping that we can.”

If the reopening is rained out, it will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 instead.

People planning to get on the courts should wear running shoes and comfortable clothing. A limited number of tennis racquets will be available for use for people who don’t bring one.

Julie Campbell, the club’s social director, encouraged anyone who’s interested in trying tennis to check it out.

“I think tennis sometimes gets an exclusive wrap,” she said. “Our club is very open to all people ... It’s a really inclusive atmosphere. I find people really, really friendly and welcoming. And our head, Jimmy, he always is willing to spend some time and give you some tips. I just find it a really welcoming, awesome environment.”

Campbell added she’s excited for the new courts, and hopes to see lots of new faces at the reopening celebration.

“I hope everyone comes out,” she said. “Explore your local community, and meet some new people.”

Visit www.tptc.ca for more information about the Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club, or contact info@tptpc.ca or 416-429-7108.

Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club debuts new outdoor courts

Everyone invited to try new courts on Saturday, Sept. 19

News Sep 15, 2015 by Tara Hatherly East York Mirror

The Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club is inviting everyone to celebrate its grand reopening.

It officially debuts its new outdoor courts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party at the club, 15 Leaside Park Dr. There will be free tennis lessons, cake and refreshments, along with a round-robin tournament, 50/50 draw and silent auction.

Christine Barachina, club president, said she hopes the $70,000 revamp will help the club continue to grow.

“With the rise of tennis, with Eugenie Bouchard, Milos and all those tennis Canadian superstars, we’ve noticed a big jump in tennis in Canada and Toronto,” she said.

“So we’re hoping to gain more memberships through resurfacing the club.”

Membership has been increasing lately, especially among children, she added.

“The kids see these superstars on TV, and they were once upon a time just like them, they started at a grass-roots tennis club like ours,” she said. “And that’s great, because we always want to help the juniors, because that’s where the next generation of new tennis stars will come up.”

To encourage kids to try tennis, the club offers $50 youth memberships with four free starter lessons.

It also has lots for adults and seniors, with teams, tournaments and programs for all ages and skill levels, and social events. There is a social round robin on Wednesdays, where people can drop in to meet and play with other members, along with parties throughout the year. Adult memberships are $100, and seniors are $70. Discounted 2015 memberships are available for anyone looking to play before the club closes this fall.

Currently, the club has 300 members.

Open since the 1970s, this is the first time its courts have been redone since 2008.

“They were in really bad shape,” noted Barachina. “Most clubs in the city are at capacity, we’re one of the few that are not ... We couldn’t compete against them, because our facility wasn’t up to par, but now that we finally have been able to achieve this great goal, we’re hoping that we can.”

If the reopening is rained out, it will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 instead.

People planning to get on the courts should wear running shoes and comfortable clothing. A limited number of tennis racquets will be available for use for people who don’t bring one.

Julie Campbell, the club’s social director, encouraged anyone who’s interested in trying tennis to check it out.

“I think tennis sometimes gets an exclusive wrap,” she said. “Our club is very open to all people ... It’s a really inclusive atmosphere. I find people really, really friendly and welcoming. And our head, Jimmy, he always is willing to spend some time and give you some tips. I just find it a really welcoming, awesome environment.”

Campbell added she’s excited for the new courts, and hopes to see lots of new faces at the reopening celebration.

“I hope everyone comes out,” she said. “Explore your local community, and meet some new people.”

Visit www.tptc.ca for more information about the Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club, or contact info@tptpc.ca or 416-429-7108.