Recreational sports with a sociable twist? The Charlottetown Sport & Social Club is on it
Photography by Alanna Jankov
Text by Meredith Morrison
Competitive sports not your thing? You’re not the only one.
Considering most of us hit our athletic peak somewhere around sixth grade, the thought of joining a sports team where people actually know what they’re doing can seem pretty intimidating. What if all you really want to do is get out of the house once in awhile and just have fun?
Luckily, people like Darcy and Ashley Murnaghan get that not everyone is into competitive sports, which is why they started the Charlottetown Sport & Social Club as a way for adults to be active, have fun, and network with one another.
Ashley & Darcy Murnaghan (pictured here) are gearing up for a winter season full of sport and social activity.
Think of it as recess for adults. The CSSC organizes co-ed recreational sports leagues where anyone 19 and older can resister for a full eight week season playing basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball, or indoor soccer once a week. After the games, instead of juice boxes and cookies, club members get together for a post-game social hour at a local bar. Even if you’ve never been a part of a rec league before or this is the first time in a long time you’ve played on a team, the CSSC is a great way to stay active and social during the winter months.
The idea of a Sport & Social club isn’t new, but it is new to PEI. “We had never heard of it until a friend in Halifax told us about the Halifax Sport & Social Club,” says the couple. “She was playing in a co-ed dodgeball league, which we thought was pretty cool. She told us about all the new people she was meeting and how easy it was to get involved. We thought it would be great if there was a club in Charlottetown.”
They contacted the HSSC who got them in touch with Nicki Bridgland, who founded the Ottawa Sport & Social Club in 2003 and has since expanded to cities such as Halifax, Moncton, Kingston, London, Victoria, and Boulder, CO. Bridgland encouraged the couple’s effort to start their own Sport & Social Club in Charlottetown and within six months, they had a home for the CSSC at the Murphy Community Centre and were ready to get the word out.
Through pamphlets, social media and good old fashioned word of mouth, the couple started generating buzz around the city about the sporty social concept. They approached local businesses and groups to gauge their interest in putting together corporate teams, stressing the importance of happy, active employees and the impact that has on productivity. “Playing sports is a great way to meet new people in a positive environment,” says Darcy. “Employers are now trying to encourage their employees to maintain a balanced lifestyle outside of the office. Playing sports builds teamwork skills and camaraderie among staff.”
Whether it’s a team, a few friends, or individuals, everyone is encouraged to get involved in the CSSC. “We realize that not everyone wants to play in a competitive league,” says Ashley. “We hope the CSSC will fill this gap and provide a fun league where males and females can play together and have fun. All skill levels are welcome. The main thing is that everyone has fun.”
As CSSC membership grows, Darcy and Ashley hope to develop the social aspect of the club to include special events on off-game nights, such as cross-country skiing. But for now, getting together with the players for post-game drinks is a great way to kick things off and make connections within the community.
“If we can get a few more people to be active and connect socially, we will consider it a success,” says Darcy. “We tried out Ultimate Frisbee for the first time this summer and had a blast. You don’t realize how much fun it is until you give it a try.”
The first season of the CSSC kicks off January 30 and runs until April 7. If you missed out registering for the winter season, the next season picks up again in the spring with sports such as soccer, slow pitch softball, flag football, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Want to learn more about the Charlottetown Sport & Social Club and how to register so you’re not missing out on the fun? Check them out on Facebook at Charlottetown REC, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreational sports with a sociable twist? The Charlottetown Sport & Social Club is on it Photography by Alanna Jankov Text by Meredith Morrison Competitive sports not your thing? You’re not the only one. Considering most of us hit our athletic peak somewhere around sixth grade, the thought of joining a sports team where people actually […]
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