The Badminton and Racquet Club, Toronto
Most Torontonians lead fast-paced lives that sometimes makes it tough to look after their health. While there are various health clubs located in the downtown core, those looking to play racquet sports rely on the Badminton and Racquet Club.
Boasting 2500 members, the club is conveniently located at 25 Sinclair Avenue West and has been a local mainstay since its opening in 1924. In addition to offering first-rate tennis, squash, and badminton courts, there is a dining lounge and gym facilities. This sort of inclusiveness, combined with the clean facility and professionality of the staff has earned the Badminton and Racquet Club the fine reputation it continues to enjoy.
While the club only offered badminton upon opening, it has since become renowned for its tennis. Everyone from children to seniors use the courts, and the staff coaches are members of the Tennis Professionals Association. Tennis is often a sport enjoyed by families, and the Club provides the sort of safe and social atmosphere that both parents and children appreciate. Competitions such as the Canadian Racketlon Open make use of the club’s courts as a venue for the world’s best players to demonstrate their abilities.
The Club has also earned notoriety as the only place in downtown Toronto where you can play the unique sport of platform tennis. A variation on tennis played outdoors in winter, platform tennis is not well known but has its enthusiastic adherents. Fortunately, those who desire to play good old-fashioned tennis during the winter can still do so in comfort.
The facility recently underwent a renovation that saw the addition of fitness and wellness facilities. These further enhance the organization’s all-in-one nature, but the changes did not compromise the members’ racquet sport options in any way. In fact, one of the goals was to make the tennis selections even better.
In order to accommodate the continued demand and provide enough court space, the management recently expanded the appeal of this Toronto institution by adding a new air-supported dome. The facility’s four Har-Tru clay tennis courts have hosted everyone from casual enthusiasts to Olympic athletes and are now accessible for play all-year-round.
Measuring 188’x115’x40’, the dome allows participants to concentrate on their game in full, environmentally controlled comfort. While outdoor play enjoys the benefits of the sun during the spring and summer, members enjoying themselves indoors need not worry about inadequate lighting. Illuminated with 32 new LED lights, the facility offers effective, even lighting that allows comfort for the eye while also making sure that the ball remains visible as it zips back and forth across the court.
LED lights also turn on immediately. The metal halide lighting used in some stadiums can take a good ten minutes to turn back on the event of a power failure. If the lights were ever to go off in the Sinclair Avenue area, they would immediately return once the power resumes. This means increased safety and a minimal interruption in players’ games.
Air-supported domes from the Farley Group make it possible to enjoy your favorite sports all year-round. Contact the dome in your area for more information about their activity schedules and how you can play your favorite sports throughout the year!