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A club where every game is friendly Rose City Sport & Social Club swaps competition for fun natasha marar Windsor’s only adult sports and social club — aka recess for grownups — is entering its second year with an expanded selection of organized activities. “Starting the Forest City Sport & Social Club in London and then the Rose City Sport & Social City Club in Windsor, for me was all about the people and the connections,” said founder Kyla Woodcock. After operating five years and gaining almost 9,000 members in London, Woodcock branched into the Windsor area in March 2013. The RCSSC now boasts over 350 members and roughly 50 teams. “We are off to a good start, but we’re certainly not resting on our laurels. We’re working to make sure that more Windsorites and [Essex residents] know that we would love to meet them and we would welcome them.” Popular sports currently include dodgeball and volleyball. “As the club grows and we offer more sports like golf and curling ... [they’ll] attract people from a different demographic,” said Woodcock.
RCSSC has three seasons each year. April 3 is the deadline for indoor registration for the spring season, which runs from April to early July for indoor leagues. Those interested in playing in outdoor leagues from May to August must sign up by May 22. Among the club’s offerings last year were dodgeball, basketball and court volleyball. This spring it’s introducing outdoor soccer, softball and All-Sorts-of-Social, where players try out a different sport each week. “You’re always meeting new people, getting new teammates, having new opponents … versus playing with the same people all the time. It’s much more socially focused than our other [offerings],” explained Woodcock about the All-Sorts-of-Social league. The recreational co-ed club is geared toward adults 19 years and older (the average ages range from 22-45). RCSSC employs a pay-for-what-you-play model allowing people to pay only for the league they participate in each season, rather than annual fees. Woodcock said the fee for most leagues averages $5-6 per game. Players can sign up as individuals or teams.
The leagues are divided by skill level but are not competitive and there’s a healthy balance of male and female players, according to Woodcock. Of course, with RCSSC the socializing happens both on and off the field. Players are encouraged to hangout with teammates and competitors at partner pubs after games. As the Windsor leagues grow, Woodcock plans on hosting standalone social activities such as canoeing or kayaking, wine tasting and trips to major league sports events. “[Social events] have been incredibly successful for us with our club in London, and we have already heard in Windsor that they’re looking for more of the social aspect,” she said. Co-ordinating all the game play with a limited team spread between two cities can be challenging, according to Woodcock. The leagues play at a number of rotating local venues. “We have a great relationship with both school boards in Windsor, the City of
Windsor has been great renting facilities to us, there are lots of private facilities and charity facilities … we’ve established those relationships [to] accommodate the demand,” she said. “For now facilities aren’t a problem … but it’ll become increasingly challenging as the club grows.” Despite the fast-paced growth exhibited by both social clubs, Woodcock said she’s considering starting up recreational leagues in other cities. “I’m an entrepreneur at heart and I am incredibly passionate about connecting people and introducing play into people’s lives. I think we work too hard and play too little. I’m not in a hurry. Windsor is a really good opportunity and I think there’s a lot of people who would play if they knew about it.” For more information about Rose City Sports and Social Club, visit rcssc.ca.
Published on Mar 27, 2014
Published on Mar 27, 2014
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