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TPTC Tennis Starter Program

The Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood is a transitional neighbourhood where lots of new immigrants find their first home in Canada. It is also home to the largest elementary school in all of North America, and as a result, the need for affordable sports and recreational programming for children is very high. To address this need, the Thorncliffe Park Tenants Association and the Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club have partnered up to create affordable tennis lesson programs for local children.

Starting in May of 2013, the first group of 60 children has been able to participate in this program and each child receives a club membership plus four weeks of lessons at a price of only $5. The remaining $45 are a subsidy which has been funded from a Canadian Tire Jumpstart grant. As the first program is moving towards completion, volunteers from the local tenants association and the tennis club are working hard to find follow-up funding to include more children in this program.

The demand for this program is extremely high and the lessons are very popular with the children. Ideally, we would like to run several hundred children through this program. Obtaining proper levels of funding will be very critical to maintain and expand the entire program.

Our next step will be to explore funding possibilities from local service clubs, private donations as well as corporate sponsors. If you would like to contribute to this program and have any funding ideas, please contact us at