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Anyone for tennis in Headingley?

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The wish list of leisure facilities the R.M. of Headingley came up with at its Feb. 25 town hall meeting didn’t include tennis courts.


It should have.


Here’s why:
Tennis is not only great fun but, unlike team sports such as hockey, baseball and soccer, it is a pursuit that one can continue to enjoy throughout one’s life and wherever one goes.


And the vigorous exercise afforded by tennis is excellent for fostering cardiovascular fitness and hence better health and longevity.


What’s more, it’s cheaper than most other sports. You can buy a racquet for your kid for 15 or 20 bucks, balls for two or three, and you’re away. No bank-breaking green fees, memberships, uniforms, equipment or travel costs.


Nearby courts would enable parents to introduce their children at an early age to a pleasurable, healthful, safe and largely expense-free pastime.


Recreational tennis is probably as much about socializing as it is about athletics. It’s a great focal activity for getting together with family and friends as well as for making new acquaintances.  


Plus when it comes to cost comparisons with other items on the wish list such as indoor pool or indoor arena, tennis courts need a relatively modest outlay. Aside from the land required, a couple of regulation tennis courts could probably be put up for about $75,000.


Most towns in south-central Manitoba the size of Headingley — and some much smaller — have tennis courts and find them to be enhancing amenities.


Actually, Headingley did once have tennis courts. They fell into neglect and were eventually sacrificed to make way for the skating rink. But that was in another era. The golf course once located at Roblin and Alboro, also in a bygone era, was dispensed with as well.  Others came to replace it.


Establishing tennis courts in Headingley is not only a feasible project for the community. It entails an activity that is inexpensive, hazard-free, portable and healthy for participants.

Tennis is a civilized game that promotes socializing and the development of community spirit.
Some say there isn’t much support for tennis in Headingley. I think there is but it just hasn’t surfaced.


What do you think? Would you support a drive to get tennis courts in Headingley?  
If so, contact me. You can reach me at 204-831-1023 or at rainmakr@mts.net.
 
Bob Holloway is a community correspondent for Headingley.

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