With the sun starting to set earlier in the Third as the dog days of summer come to an end, the Sport and Social Club CBRM (SSCC) is beginning its transition to activities indoors.
The club will continue to offer its core programming throughout its winter season, but will move indoors when the darkness and chill in the air force sets in a few weeks from now. Ultimate frisbee, soccer, and basketball are guaranteed fitness offerings during the season, but the club will also plan special activities, such as inner tube water polo and curling.
Board game nights, a Fancy Dance, learn-how-to events, cookie decorating, and seasonal activities, such as pumpkin carving, have also been on previous fall and winter agendas.
The Sport and Social Club CBRM was started in February of 2021 by a group of newcomers to the Third. Erin Flynn and her partner William Roy are two of them. They moved to the Third about a year before Covid began. They both found it difficult to make friends and meet new people, and Covid restrictions were not helping to expand their social circles.
So, when the restrictions around sporting activities began to lift, the collection of newcomers decided that they should start a club to bring people together. The club is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who want to make it easier for adults (19+) to build connections, find friends, and get active.
SSCC philosophy encourages fun-first play rather than the traditional competitive nature of sports. That approach, says Flynn, helps to bring people together and encourages all genders and fitness and skill levels to participate.
“We have a really good group who both enjoy and understand non-competitive play,” said Flinn. “Some are high-level athletes that can play hard together because they have the same skill level.”
But overall, the club’s members gather to have fun, make friends, and get fit. For example, aligned with its fun first policy, players are responsible for calling their own fouls and rules violations; teams determine points at the end of games based on a three-point system; and all members are included in play regardless of their skill level.
The SSCC is a drop-in club. Flynn told The Third that the club would like to grow large enough to develop a league-based organization, but for now the club is consistently getting out between 16 and 24 Thirders, enough to divide the players and have a game.
Flynn told us that the club consistently gets a good mix of members out, with the youngest being 19 and the oldest 65. The majority of members of newcomers, but as word gets out, Flynn says some locals are starting to show-up, particularly during times when other local sports aren’t offered.
While the current schedule represents the summer offerings, other than the locations and maybe times, the activities will likely continue to be offered on the same days during the week.
SSCC current schedule
Mondays, 6:30-8:15PM, Ultimate Frisbee (Open Hearth Park, grass field)
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:15PM, Soccer (Open Hearth Park, grass field) Thursdays, 6:30-8:30PM, Basketball (St. Theresa’s Hall)
People can find updates about SSCC’s schedule and upcoming events on Facebook and Instagram @sscc.cbrm or at sportandsocial.ca