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CW Celtics looking to find other ways to play this season

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CENTER WELLINGTON – After learning that they will no longer have access to their usual space this year, Center Wellington Celtics officials are working to find other ways to play this season, while accommodating a raise inscriptions.

After the spring season was cut short in 2020 with COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, the CW Celtics have found ways to continue offering programming, but it hasn’t been without challenges.

As the club plans for the 2021-22 season, it continues to face limited options for gym time and space and with schools closed for community use again this year, it finds itself with limited options.

Jessica Robbins, board member, house league president and coach, said the club’s biggest challenge is not using Center Wellington District High School (CWDHS) in Fergus.

The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) recently decided to continue to ban community use of school gyms.

Programming for rep and home league teams would typically be handled by the CWDHS, but without access the club had to cut training time.

Robbins said the club have taken their case to the UGDSB, including offering to bring in their own cleaners.

“We rebounded from the idea of ​​meeting with other organizations in the area that use the schools – if we all came together with one voice, maybe they would listen to us – and also to contact the parents. to make sure we have their support too, ”she said.

Last year, the club managed to secure a gymnasium at the Central Pentecostal Church for rep programming, which Robbins says has been of huge support.

However, she noted that the gym is smaller than regulation size, making it difficult for older players, and the majority of the equipment is outdated.

The program would normally be run on the high school triple court format, while the church is a single gymnasium.

“So it had a significant impact on how many people we could have at any given time, but also how many players we could have overall, because of course they are using their gyms for their own purposes,” he said. she explained.

In high school, the club would have access to every night and Saturday, but with the church, Robbins said he could only have access on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

The club also had to cancel their home league lineup last season due to lack of available space.

Robbins said the Home League, which normally takes place on Fridays, would typically see around 40 kids per session, but the club can’t contain that kind of number in the gym he currently plays, which is why he had to cancel. the last season of the year.

She added that the province continuously changed its color zoning last year, which also changed the number of people who can be in the gym at the same time.

“So we had to constantly adapt to whatever the rules were,” she explained.

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“We always tried to stay one step ahead in order to always follow and keep everyone safe, not just for the sake of following the rules, but it was important to keep everyone safe and if our numbers stayed low, it meant we could keep playing and stay active.

Robbins said to make the most of the situation under tighter restrictions, coaches would hold practices in their aisles, where players could dribble the ball while being socially removed.

They would also host virtual workouts from their garage during lockdowns in an attempt to continue providing players with a sporting outlet.

“We have a few teams where the players are so excited and they’ll be dribbling down their alley in February just to get their hands on a ball,” she said.

She noted that when the Celtics were finally able to welcome the players, officials noticed a change in their level of activity.

“During our first camp this summer, we noticed that the conditioning of the children was not at the level that we had seen in the past,” she explained.

“By the end of the week they were sort of back where they were, but there were a lot of water breaks that needed to be taken. “

Robbins said another challenge the club has faced is the financial frustration of dishing out money for events that have been canceled and not getting the money back afterwards.

“Besides costing players their chance to play, it also costs us money,” she explained.

However, Robbins said that with all of the openings and closings over the past year, the club have chosen to run a scaled-down program at no cost to their players.

“We know everyone has struggled a bit financially with all of the changes and we’ve chosen to just run programs just to give our players and kids an activity they can go to and stay active.”

She added that the club unfortunately cannot do it again this year, as it is non-profit and relies on registration fees to manage the lineup.

Robbins said officials were working to sidestep the increase in interest and registrations they saw during the pandemic, adding that they were seeing a record number of players wanting to exit.

The club ran four weeks of programs in the summer which quickly filled up, so they added another six weeks of different programs, which also filled up right away.

Robbins said officials have been able to access the church again for the coming season and are working with the church to upgrade equipment.

“They try to work with us to give us more time, but it’s still not enough to do everything we need to do or what we want to do,” she explained.

Robbins said the current limit in the church is 20, which is more than what officials feel comfortable with given his size.

She added that they want to be able to accommodate everyone, but it is going to be difficult. To prepare, the club reached out to places in town with gyms that are not associated with the school board.

“We have two gyms that have agreed to give us the use of it and now we’re just trying to juggle all the time slots to make it work,” she explained, adding that the rep teams will have time to spare. reduced play and that the house league teams will be at different times and spaces.

“What was really good in high school was that parents could come and in an hour or two hours have all their kids play and now we’re going to have to spread it out all over Saturday which also conflicts with d ‘other sports like hockey,’ explained Robbins.

“So we expect that we will lose a lot of players with this change.”

She added that the club don’t like to turn away players, so instead of putting capacity limits, they will add more time slots.

“As long as there are interested children, we want to give them an outlet and give them a chance to be active,” she explained.

“While the coaches are all really passionate about the sport, it’s not just about making great players, it’s also about keeping kids active and healthy and giving them a place to go and do. part of a team.

“Most of the time, it doesn’t matter if they win or lose games, it’s just that they like to go out and play together. We just want to play.

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