Town offers many athletic and fun activities

Grab your gym bag and get ready to work out your body and mind.

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville will have many programs running this fall starting the week after Thanksgiving.

As per current provincial direction, all programs and activities will be run on a registration only basis, with reduced maximum class sizes. No drop-in activities will be allowed even for programs that typically have that options like pickleball, lane and leisure swim and group fitness, although those will have registration now.

“We will offer workshops and programs designed to encourage physical distancing while providing patrons of all ages with as many options as we are able to,” said Ginger Derochie, recreation program supervisor. “The town anticipates offering adult pickleball and badminton, and youth basketball and karate when the gymnasium is ready to re-open.”

At the Leisure Centre, the Fitness area is open and the following is available: Group Fitness,  Classes of various levels, Cycle Fit, access to the cardio and weight training equipment, and Personal Training with the assistance of a certified personal trainer.

The pool is also open and the following is available: Leisure swim, Lane swim, Aquafit, Private swim lessons, H4O lessons – ratio of 4 children/1 instructor, and Leadership –  lifeguard/instructor and first aid training courses and recertification classes.

The gymnasium at the Leisure Centre will offer Pickleball (register for pick up play, equipment provided if needed); Badminton (register for pick up play, equipment provided if needed); Basketball skills children’s programs which teaches the basics of basketball: rules, dribbling, passing, shooting; Preschool play/parent and tot which is an open play environment with balls, nets, climbers, mats; and Preschool/ Children ball sports: working on fine and gross motor skills involved with playing various types of ball sports.

Over at SoccerCity, you’ll find WS Walks: walking for fitness on the field; Tot Spot: cooperative group program for caregiver and child to participate together  in structured activities, promote learning and encourage independence.

At the Latcham Hall, children and their families can enjoy either Karate/children/family: learn the fundamentals of karate that improve confidence, discipline, concentration and fitness; or for those that are more creative than they are athletic, there is DIY Crafts: create do it yourself inspired craft projects.

Local seniors will want to head over to the 6240 55+ club and check out virtual programming including:  a variety of workshops, social opportunities, discussion groups, trivia nights, physical activity fitness classes.

All activities and programs are tentatively scheduled based on reaching sufficient registration numbers and locations may change as needed. The programs will be permitted to run subject to direction from the Provincial government and Public Health.

For more details, visit townofws.ca/whatsnew. Residents can also sign up to receive updates on the programs at townofws.ca/enews.

Photo: Stouffvillians are ready to Zap, Pow and Bam and so much more at the upcoming fall recreation programs put on by the town.

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