Visiting Remuera Rackets Club (RRC) is like going to a delightful community haven where you can work out, play your favourite sport and catch up with friends.
Tucked away in Dilworth Avenue, Remuera, it’s clearly visible from the Southern Motorway yet is something of a local secret. “Some people don’t even know we’re here,” says club president Heather Worley.
RRC boasts six squash and ten all-weather tennis courts, a gym (including group training sessions), a Bodywise Pilates studio, sports massage, saunas, pro rackets coaches, Future Proof Physiotherapy, a swimming pool, a lounge complete with bar, snacks, an open fire for winter, an inviting deck for summer and a table tennis table.
“We have over one hectare of land and it has a lovely aspect with the lounge, deck and the gym’s cardio floor overlooking the courts.”
This fantastic multi-sports facility has been in existence for over 100 years, 64 of those in its current location. Heather, and general manager Megan Crockett, are working with an enthusiastic new board to revamp the facilities. “We have over one hectare of land and it has a lovely aspect with the lounge, deck and the gym’s cardio floor overlooking the courts,” says Megan. “The gym is a very important part of RRC. We’re starting our refurbishment in the cardio area with new flooring, the latest equipment and a cloud based audio/visual system. It should be completed by early October.”
As well as being president, Heather is RRC’s physiotherapist and has been part of the club for eleven years. “We’re very family and friends orientated and we’ve got many long-standing senior members and a strong junior membership,” she says. “It’s great. The kids can be on the tennis court while mum’s in the gym or mum and dad can have a drink while the kids are having lessons or playing in one of our tournaments. We also encourage people to bring friends — if they’re playing there’s a nominal fee — but we love it when people invite friends and family. Friday is Thai night where you can buy a Thai meal and we have lots of fun fundraisers. We have a really nice time.”
Exciting times are ahead. Along with an upgrade, RRC’s hosting the national squash championships in August 2016. “We won the Mitchell Cup for women’s squash this year, which was fantastic,” says Heather. “And we’re hosting unisex Caro bowl matches on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons in October and November where elite men and women play incredibly good quality tennis.”
Go along for Free Friday’s during September, there are also kids and junior tennis coaching clinics on September 13 from 10:30am for those wanting to just have a go or looking at joining inter-club.
Members can join with access to everything and participate in a social or competitive way, school groups are welcome as are associate members who come to the club to change, go off for a run and come back to shower and then head to the bar for a drink.
“We’re very excited about where we’re going,” says Megan. “We’re having an open day in November and we’re looking forward to showcasing RRC to our local community and businesses.”
Words: Jenna Moore
REMUERA RACKETS CLUB
17 DILWORTH AVE | REMUERA
09 524 885