TFC Lesiure / Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centres
Chris Warren, Managing Director, shares his inspiration behind the philosophy of Rocks Lane.
It all started on a chilly Saturday in Yorkshire when I was 9 years old.
I’d just finished playing for my school team and I headed down to the local park with some mates. We arrived at the park and there in the distance were 6 massive football pitches with big goalposts and even more exciting …… something we’d only seen on TV …. NETS!
So we sprinted over to the nets and smashed the ball into the back of the net, what a thrill seeing the net bulge and then recoiling, arm in the air and my index finger pointing to the sky in celebration ( just like Alan Clarke on Match of the Day).
Then, all of a sudden, we hear a shout “Oi, get off of that pitch!’ and a man in a donkey jacket is running our way.
So we all leg it as fast as we can into the woods and then sneak back on at half-time, while they are distracted eating their oranges, to relive some more of our goal scoring dreams.
The full time whistle goes and we can get our last 5 minutes of fantasy football before the groundsman comes along and takes the nets away ….. and the goals don’t seem special anymore, so we wander off in the twilight for our tea.
When summer arrives the groundsman takes the goals down for the whole summer and begins marking out a little pitch on the grass, with little goals and shiny white nets.
Perfect for us, we think.
So we run onto the pitch and try out a few moves and dribbles. But, before long an irate groundsman comes running up to us and tells us to ‘Get out of here’.
‘But, the goals are the perfect size for us’
‘No laddy, they’re for the grown ups, off you go’
So we reluctantly wander off and throw our jumpers on the ground waiting for a chance to sneak back on and score the winner in the Cup Final!
We have based our philosophy at rocks lane on those feelings, desires, hopes and dreams of that 9 year old boy.
Play, Learn, Compete
Have fun whenever!
At all of our centres you can Play, Learn, Compete and Have Fun whenever you feel like it and I promise that no irate parky will chase you off when you’re about to win the Cup!
Turn up with your mates, have a kick around, swing a racket, shoot a hoop, tumble around on our soft play areas, swing and slide in our playground.
Children start from the age of one in our mini multi-sport sessions, following Early Years Learning principles, coupled with Montessori style teaching.
Giving children the opportunity to develop agility, balance and coordination is an essential foundation for them to enjoy sport for the rest of their lives at Rocks Lane
We offer numerous opportunities for all children to enjoy competition.
Friday Night Fives, for instance, is a junior five-a-side football competition across all of our centres, attracting over 2500 children between the ages of five and 16 every Friday evening in term time.
Friday Night Fives
Our junior five-a-side competition where the kids are in charge.
Thank you for your interest in the plans.
We hope to get a positive response from the Planning Inspectorate and then we can really open up discussions with the local community.
If you would like to get involved in shaping how the centre works for the local community we would love to hear from you.