Vaughan Sportsplex sprawls its diversified athletic facilities across a 20,000-square-foot plot of land on Woodbridge's Westcreek Drive. Competitive and recreational athletes report to three indoor sports fields to engage in myriad sports from friendly touch football sessions on FIFA-rated X-Treme turf to more unique diversions such as full-field Nerf dart lazer tag. Vaughan Sportsplex also organizes league competition open to nearly all ages and skill levels, including adult competition in co-ed volleyball or men's soccer as well as kids' leagues in floor hockey and competitive sand-castle demolition.
The folks behind Vaughan Sportsplex II discovered a secret weapon against the rain, snow, and heat that assail outdoor sports. It's called the great indoors. The facility packs in a ball-hockey rink, three soccer fields layered in Xtreme artificial turf, basketball court, workout gym, and upper-viewing area with a lounge. These fields host league and tournament play for men, women, and children, as well as provide space for personal-training sessions. The facility may also be rented out privately for weekend warrior matches or birthday parties.
Microlinks Community Centre's crown jewel is
the versatile fitness studio. With wall-to-wall mirrors and and portable speakers, the studio is perfect for everything from belly dance practice to kids' jiu jitsu sessions. Whatever visitors' age and preferred fitness discipline, the center offers applicable classes—or appropriate courts. The complex boasts a badminton court and a volleyball court. Art classes complement the fitness amenities, covering everything from acting to playing the guitar, a step up from holding it and nodding rhythmically.
Founded by two York Region teachers in 2013, Rouge Valley Sports Camp fosters independence, emphasizes teamwork, and encourages critical thinking. But campers may not even realize they're acquiring those skills, since they'll be too busy playing basketball, baseball, soccer, or another sport. The camp also offers arts-and-crafts time. Indeed, RVSC's main program comes stocked with a diverse roster of activities. But the camp also offers activity-specific programs, with plans to expand into such areas as archery, rock climbing, and music in the future.
Head coach Robert Bethea founded Arroyo Volleyball Club as a way to grow the sport of volleyball and nurture young bump-set-spikers into confident and healthy individuals. The nonprofit organization deploys a professional cast of coaches—all certified through the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program—to locations throughout Durham, where they conduct practices, summer camps, and tournaments and invite all players to participate regardless of their experience level or whether they have springs implanted in their fingertips.
To ensure each student receives personal attention, the club strives for a 6:1 player-to-coach ratio and never lets it exceed 12:1. Instructors encourage each athlete to improve physical fitness and partake in Arroyo's team-based learning dynamic, which instills the lifelong virtues of responsibility, discipline, and always joining spontaneous massage trains.