Despite the well-established well being disaster, successive confinements and restrictive protocols, the AGS tennis continues to be in exercise and has a barely growing variety of members. “The tennis school can operate in small groups and only outdoors, which makes us dependent on the weather. We have sometimes canceled classes scheduled for Wednesday mornings on Tuesday evenings. We have to adapt and be very responsive. The feedback from the families is good and the teacher is playing along “, says Olivier Garcès, president of the club.
“We manage to do things for the children in spite of everything”, provides Anne Labonne, treasurer. “Handing over of Christmas presents in small groups to the young people of the tennis school and for the Galette des Rois 6 groups, 6 pancakes! It’s complicated but we take these important moments for children. There are also sides positive: the setting up of videoconference meetings with many participants, more than face-to-face. And the reactivation of the club’s Facebook page, the online sale of polo shirts, caps and other logo products. The crisis is forcing us to do so. to be inventive in order to move forward in spite of everything “. The curfew, alternatively, has a heavy influence on the coaching of grownup groups. “The club has positioned its annual tournament from June 11 to 27, but without any assurance that it will take place. The award ceremony will be associated with a major event: the club’s 50th anniversary! Finally, if the health situation allows it”, the leaders inform us. From March, an exercise shall be supplied to members: the Challenge Club. “The idea is to allow players of all levels to challenge each other and play friendly matches. If the health situation allows it.” Obviously.
Despite the lethal losses due to the cancellation of the lotto, the club’s funds have thus far not been undermined. “We have benefited from new memberships and offered a” dad and mom “formula that appeals to families. The tennis school prices have thus been reduced. On the management side, we remain very vigilant.” The leaders want to be optimistic. “The town hall supports us and we continue to reflect because there are plenty of things to do”.
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