The Rossland Tennis Club is over a century old and still serving the community.
The club is run by long-time volunteers who maintain and upgrade the facilities and property, which are owned by the City of Rossland.
All three courts enjoy the best view in town overlooking the Columbia River Valley, and while still functional, there are numerous cracks that span the surface. The last time the courts were refurbished was in 2008 and volunteers say a rebuild is long overdue.
“It was an overhaul and not a rebuild, which we need,” said tennis club manager Laura Pettitt, a member for more than 35 years.
“It gets worse every year. We have been in contact with them (the city). They have been aware of the problem since 2004. There is no point in resurfacing, otherwise the cracks will show up right away.
Volunteers meticulously fill the fissure, keep the grounds free of leaves and other debris, provide lessons, equipment, upkeep and upkeep of the facility’s utility shed and restrooms.
The city provides annual funds to help with maintenance, and the club offers very reasonable memberships.
“We’re not a ‘members’ club, we’re a public ground so anyone can play,” Pettitt said.
Rosslander Caley Mulholland and his sons Aaron and Torin Bennett joined the club this year and took lessons from fellow tennis volunteer Paul de Villiers.
“We play and we love coming to tennis,” Mulholland said. “It teaches good hand-eye coordination and after school exercises and it’s really fun. And it’s easy to do because it’s right in the center of town, you don’t have to go far It’s a beautiful facility, so accessible and a great community asset.
The facility also offers an area where individual players can practice with a soundproof backdrop. Players can also use equipment adapted to their level of play.
“It’s a great game,” said member Patricia Senecal. “We were just talking about the learning curve, it’s not something you take and become an expert.”
Research has shown that approximately 75% of gamers experience technical glitches that hinder their progress.
Most of these flaws could be attributed to past practice issues, such as starting with the wrong ball, or switching to a new tennis ball too soon, or not taking the time to learn proper form before moving on. to something else.
“There’s a different level of balls, so when you get good at one, you move on to the next, and the next, so you can hit the balls back and forth right away,” Pettitt said. .
Rossland Tennis Club offers lessons and equipment to help beginners, intermediate and advanced players improve their skills.
Although the outdoor season is coming to an end, the Rossland Tennis Society invites all to learn about the club and tour the facilities on the corner of Park Street and LeRoi Avenue.
Rossland’s first organized group was the War Eagle Tennis Club founded in 1901, and the current courts at 2630 LeRoi Ave. were built in 1907. “It’s a pretty quiet sport that fits in well with the neighborhood,” added Pettitt. “All the neighbors love it and the kids in the neighborhood play a lot. The accessibility and affordability is really appealing.
Residents can join the Rossland Tennis Society for $20 for individuals or $40 for a family, or just come and play for $2. For more information or to register, go online to rosslandtennis.ca.
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