Hello fellow Tennis enthusiasts. As some of you may know the courts are open again for tennis play. We have established communication this morning with the County of Brant, but we are not able to run our regular programming or lessons at this time. As things open up we are all hopeful that we can begin to provide lessons and return to our regular organized play. Over this past year if we have learned anything it is patience!
We are a community with many wanting to get onto the courts. The courts are open for all hours public play. If you are new to the club and are still looking to pick up a key please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up. We are encouraging everyone to follow us on Facebook and post if you are looking for a hitting partner or someone to have a match with. We are going to give this a whirl and see if we can stay connected to play in this way. If you are not able to get a response through our FB page from other members send us an email email@example.com and we will try and connect you. There are several of us who are eager to pull out our racket and play.
Direct communication from the Brant County Website. In order to use these amenities safely, you must maintain at least two (2) meters distance from any other person outside of your household. Team sports are not permitted at this time or other games that will result in individuals coming within two (2) meters of each other. As of May 22, 2021, an organized public event or social gathering with 5 people or less may be held outdoors. Please wear a mask when physical distancing may be difficult.
Prior to this most recent announcement, we were all looking forward to kicking off our season this weekend and have our Spring Jr. Sessions begin at the beginning of May. Tennis play across our province has been affected with Fords announcement last week. With great regret, this means that we have to delay our Club Opening! The nets are up and the windscreens are a work in progress. We are hopeful that the courts will be reopened soon and have been given a date of May 20th and that our provincial government will support outdoor sports that can accommodate social distancing when the province begins to reopen.
As soon as we her any news in either direction, we will let you know with an updated message here.
In the meantime stay healthy, dust off your racket and find a wall to hit some balls. As Coach Dora said last year in our first lockdown “The wall is your most honest and relentless opponent!”
Club Opening is just around the corner! ALL Memberships and Lessons are to be purchased online at theparisclub.ca. We are getting a lot of great inquiries about our 2021 Tennis Season. Thank you to everyone who has purchased their membership and pre-registration lessons to secure spots for our “8-week Spring Session”, beginning early May.
Club Opening Day, is still a go for April 24th in this lockdown with some Covid Safety changes. We are planning for those who have purchased memberships to offer Curb Side Key Pick Up from 10am-2pm. If you are not able to pick up your key on this day please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange an alternative day and time.
Jr. Lesson Tryouts are to be held on May 1st from 10-1pm. There is a limited number of spots with the lockdown so please ensure that you email our Head Coach Jourdyn email@example.com to reserve a spot for your athlete to meet & hit some balls with other athletes and help our coaches ensure that all athletes with similar skills are grouped together. Lessons will begin early May, weather dependant. If you have purchased the pre- registration lesson package please ensure that you have also looked after getting the Jr. Membership as well.
Let’s introduce our Coaches.
Head Coach Jourdyn Jourdyn is a University student at McMaster and started out volunteering with the PTC when she was in high school at PDHS. Jourdyn has been coaching with us for the past 3 years. She has a passion for tennis and supporting young athletes develop skills and increase their confidence on and off the courts. We are happy to have Jourdyn leading our young athletes with our Group Lessons, Semi private and private lessons.
Coach Dora Dora has been playing tennis since the age of 5. Dora runs The Stefanovic Tennis Academy to help tennis players reach their potential. Teodora has always emphasized a strong coach-athlete relationship, and prioritizes the mental and physical growth of all academy members. She works with several high profile junior players, including Team Canada members in U12 & U14 divisions. We are thrilled that Dora will be coaching our Intermediate Adult programming and Intermediate/Advanced Jr. Lessons on Wednesdays alongside Jourdyn.
Coach Maureen Maureen has been with the PTC since the beginning. She recently retired from PDHS as a Physical education teacher and head coach for the high school Tennis team. She coached Jourdyn and has been a mentor for so many young athletes in Paris on the courts. We look forward to having Maureen continue to support the growth of our young Jr. Athletes as well our Adult Beginner program.
Coach Tom Tom has had a passion for Tennis since he was a young boy. Joining the Club in its grass roots he quickly became an advocate for more tennis in our community. Tom brings such a positive inclusive energy to the courts that will not go unnoticed. He loves this sport as it is a sport that you can play for life. We are happy that Tom will be working with Jourdyn to support our Jr. programming as well our Adult Beginner programming.
Coach Julie Julie has been volunteering with the club early in its growth. She is a Fitness Coach that supports the other coaches on and off the courts. She is a Yoga instructor and has a passion for moving your body in a way that uplifts you and supports your mental and physical health. We look forward to having Julie support our Adult Fitness and Beginner programming together with Tom.
*Please note that during this pandemic we are following the guidlines set out by the OTA and County of Brant. During our Spring season Please note that the courts are on school property and members are not able to access the courts during school hours.
I trust that everyone had a safe and happy winter filled with as much outdoor activities as you desired. Now the birds begin to sing and the tennis courts begin to shine! Spring is officially here and the obvious questions then present….. When are the nets going up? How can I get a membership? When can I get a Key to the courts?
I’m happy to let you know that the nets will be going up at the beginning of April. You can get your PTC Membership online NOW! Yes that’s right, NOW! simply log onto our site theparisclub.ca and register for your membership. Our Club Opening Day is set for April 24th 10am-2pm (weather dependant). At which point you can pick up your key and meet some of of our board members, coaches and other players from your community.
If you are new to the club, welcome! We are looking forward to meeting you and sharing our passion for tennis. We have an annual tradition, we welcome our members to come out on Opening Day with some leaf bags, garbage bag, a rack (if you have one), a pair of gloves and help us tidy around the courts picking up all the leaves & winter debris. This is just one of our opportunities to show the school and the county how much we appreciate these 4 beautiful courts that are well maintained in our community.
We are looking at kicking off our Jr. Programming at the beginning of May weather dependant. Registration for our Programs will be online as well. We will be holding tryouts for everyone interested in Jr. Programming on Saturday May 1st from 10am-1. Please email your registration for this day to Coach Jourdyn. Please indicate your child(rens) Name, Age and Time slot.
Then there is the big pink elephant in the room that everyone is exhausted hearing about and talking about but is essential. Yup, that’s right, COVID! The PTC follows the guidelines that are put into place by the OTA (Ontario Tennis Association) and work with the County of Brant to ensure that safe play is top priority. The County looks after sanitation stations around the courts along with porta potty. It is important that we respect the rules that are put in place as Tennis is a sport that we all love and want to have available to us. The rules are constantly changing so please keep yourself informed and know that we are in this together.
Yours in Good Health, PTC Board
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The PTC is a member of the OTA (Ontario Tennis Association). As we are preparing our 2021 season we want you to know our board members are all volunteers that work hard to create a safe playing environment for our members during our programming to allow development of a beautiful sport and a fun atmosphere to play. Please note that the courts are shared with other members of the community and organized programming and may follow different guidelines. We are not here to police others on and around the court. We are here to ensure that we can create a Fun and Safe environment for our members and do this by following the OTA COVID Response Framework for Outdoor Tennis. SEE YOU ON THE COURTS!
Last call to register for the 2019 PTC championship finals. We want to see you all there for our last tournament before the winter hits.
PTC Championship Finals 2019
Where:Paris Tennis Club 231 Grand River St. N, Paris
When: Sept 27th-29th Events:
Junior Fun Day:
Social Doubles Tournament: Competitive Singles Tournament
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration due: Friday Sept 20th, 2019 $10 fee for non-members