5 ways to meet your mate: Sports clubs

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5 ways to meet your mate
Get the skinny on dating options that could work for you

By Leigh Felesky
First published in Chatelaine.com’s January 2003 issue.
© Rogers Publishing Ltd.

Sports clubs


How about hitting the beach for love? There are sport and social clubs offering organized beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, snowboarding and more popping up all over the country. Rumour is, they offer a great place to meet your mate.

The lure
Do an online search for a club near you and sign up for an activity. Usually, you can join a group sport as an individual and get assigned to a team. You’re often guaranteed a mix of men and women on your team since most clubs are co-ed. Cost: about $75 for a 12-week season.


The hook

“There aren’t many places where you can get together in a relaxed atmosphere that’s casual,” explains Lisa Edgar, a coordinator at the Toronto East Sport and Social Club (TESSC). The team spirit adds an element of closeness you don’t find as easily in other potential dating environments. “Lots of people get together romantically through us, but we also have couples, brothers, sisters, you name it,” says Edgar. And if you don’t find a mate, at least you’re getting exercise.


The snags

Sports aren’t for everyone, but don’t be intimidated if you feel your skill isn’t up to snuff–sports clubs such as Vancouver Sport offer beginner to competitive levels and everyone is welcome.

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