While tennis in the Capital Region has been alive and well for decades, a fateful Sunday morning coffee among friends launched an exciting new chapter in the development and growth of tennis here.
No doubt the conversation went something like this. "Wouldn’t it be great to play tennis twelve months a year and not just six? More importantly, how can we make sure tennis becomes a sport of choice in our city so that every child plays this great game we love? Surely we can make a few phone calls, raise some money and make year-round tennis a reality!"
Before long, a flip chart was produced, a series of guiding statements were drafted and the commitment was made to build a year-round community tennis center in the Greater Fredericton Region.
Within months, tennis enthusiasts and parents of tennis enthusiasts created the Capital Region Tennis Association as the voice for the tennis community in the Capital Region and to promote tennis as part of the active living/wellness agenda in the Province.
In response to the creation of our new indoor tennis center, the Capital Region Tennis Association was dissolved and the Capital Region Community Tennis Center was created as the new organization in charge of operating and overseeing the facility.
The CRCTC is a non-profit association committed to:
Promoting tennis as a sport and recreational activity for life
Increasing the number of people engaging in active living through tennis with a focus on children and families
Partnering with local School Districts to develop programming in the schools with an initial focus on elementary and middle schools
Partnering with Tennis Canada to grow tennis throughout the Atlantic Region
Partnering with Tennis New Brunswick to grow tennis throughout New Brunswick
Partnering with the University of New Brunswick on multiple levels, including the Kinesiology faculty, Business faculty (Sport MBA), High Performance Lab and College of Extended Learning.
To say that tennis is alive and well in the Capital Region is an understatement; tennis is thriving! And within weeks, the Abony Family Tennis Center will be opening its doors to welcome players of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We look forward to even greater tennis growth and development in the years to come.