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Culpeper Times • March 8-14, 2018

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➤ Now under direction of Culpeper Wellness Foundation, club is keeping kids busy By Jeff Say

CULPEPER TIMES STAFF WRITER

Culpeper Sport and Fitness Club is participating in the youth movement. The longtime Culpeper business (formerly known as the Culpeper Sport and Racquet Club) is putting more of a focus on youth programs, ever since being purchased by Culpeper Wellness Foundation Sept. 1, 2017. Shari Landry, President, Culpeper Wellness Foundation, said that was a main part of the focus when CWF started discussing purchasing the business from Culpeper Sport and Fitness manager Preston Will. “We were looking to expand the Powell (Wellness) facility and discovered we were not going to be able to do that in the near term,” Landry said. “We wanted to expand our services, to serve more young people. There was an opportunity to purchase the business here.” Will, who has been a member since he was 5, was open to selling the business and has stayed on as manager. “I thought there was a great opportunity to combine forces, and do better for the community,” Will said. On a recent Wednesday groups of students took tennis lessons the green arti-

ficial indoor courts while other athletes participated in sports performance classes - focusing on agility, speed, strength and balance. They are also working with youth organizations like Kid Central and Young Life to partner on other programs. They recently hosted Young Life for a pickleball tournament and Kids Central will have 30 kids coming out each week. “We’re just starting to try to introduce more programs for youth,” Will said. “We’re inviting families to come participate in classes together.” Pickleball is like tennis, ping pong and beach paddle ball in one sport. Children play with a wiffleball play with a paddle on a miniature sized tennis court. Classes like pickleball appeal to the younger generation but the fitness club doesn’t stray too far from its roots as well, offering tennis lessons for a reasonable $7.50 per class per child. “What we try to do is keep the tennis for the little ones as reasonable as possible,” Will said. Their rates are also reasonable, $36 per month for a single plan, $65 a month for a couple and $73 a month for a family plan. Family plans also include daycare. Members at Powell Wellness Center can also purchase a total fitness package, providing them access to both facilities. “We offer scholarships for people here as well,” Landry said. “I think it’s not well-known. We have more people at Powell who take advantage of it.” Scholarships are offered for residents within 200 percent of the poverty line and ➤ See Club, Page 7

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