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Where are my Sport and Social Club Games?
- Let's have a look at a map, because a picture is worth a thousand words:
- As you can see, our general outdoor playing area is bordered by Islington Avenue (on the western side) east to Victoria Park Avenue (on the eastern side) and south of Steeles Avenue.
- Our general indoor venue area is bordered by Islington Avenue (on the western side) east to Victoria Park Avenue (on the eastern side) and south of Finch Avenue
- Certain programs may be located outside of this catchment, but this is always delineated very clearly in the information pop-ups located at the sports offered page.
- While it would be ideal for many of our members to play their games within the downtown core, this is not realistic. There are simply not enough fields and gyms in the concrete jungle.
- While some members prefer the downtown locations, there are many members who work and live in various regions within the city. So, while the High Park area may not be convenient for you, it is perfect for someone else. Likewise, facilities north of the city are actually preferred by some of our members. Recognizing this, we always attempt to equalize the number of games that each team plays at each location when more than one facility is used for a league.
- As the leagues continue to grow, it may even become necessary to further extend our playing area so that we can accommodate all of our new members.
- Sport and Social Club applies for every gym and field within our playing catchment. If we were able to have our choice of locations we would obviously pick the best facilities. Unfortunately there are over 500 other groups who are also attempting to acquire permits in our area. In addition, the City of Toronto has a mandate to allocate at least 70% of the field locations to youth groups. With such intense competition for fields and gyms, our hands are somewhat tied in our ability to always acquire the best fields.
Transit Accessibility / Traffic
- Many of our members rely heavily on the TTC for transportation, and the majority of our locations are situated in TTC accessible areas. However, while not every location can be situated directly next to a subway, there is usually some form of transit that gets players to and from the games.
- There are locations that are more difficult to get to then others, but our experience has shown that players (especially individuals) usually carpool after the first few games.
- The traffic in Toronto is beyond our control.. The reality in Toronto is that to get from point A to point B, a lot of patience and time is required. Whether you are commuting to work, going to watch a Leafs game or meeting up with friends, traffic is going to slow you down. Traveling to Sport and Social Club games is no different: give yourself lots of extra time.
What We Are Doing to Improve?
- We spend approximately 400 hours annually to acquire, maintain and improve locations for members. Aside from the regular City of Toronto permits, we are constantly contacting private schools, companies, churches, community centres and other organizations in an attempt to find bigger and better locations for you.
- Where possible, we always strive to improve the facilities that we use e.g. cutting the grass on fields. At certain locations, our attempts to improve the facilities ourselves have been denied due to union laws and restrictions within school boards.