Fall youth sport sign-ups begin June 1
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department's fall fast-pitch softball, youth soccer and girls volleyball seasons will open registration on June 1 for family annual members and on June 15 for open registration. Sign-ups close on June 29 or when the group is full. The fee is $25-60.
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Coed soccer is offered for ages 4-5 and 6-7) as of July 31. Fast-pitch softball is for the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age groups (as of Jan. 1, 2016). Volleyball will have age groups 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 (as of Oct. 15). The softball and volleyball teams will travel for games throughout Johnston County and into Wake County for games. All seasons run from August through October.
Kids run, jump and throw for free
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free hands on learning program to get kids excited about physical activity to basic running, jumping and throwing skills in track and field at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 at East Clayton Community Park (2027 Glen Laurel Road). There is no charge to participate but participants should register online at runjumpthrow.usatf.org; check in starts at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
Summer Playground Program
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Playground Program runs from June 15 until Aug. 14 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays. Registration is now open. The fee is $60-110 per week plus a $25 registration fee. There is a 10 percent discount for multiple siblings. The Summer Playground Program features daily activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, gardening, and many more activities. Campers will need to bring lunch, two snacks and drinks. Our Summer Camp is mainly outdoors, weather permitting.
Girls Volleyball Camp
A Volleyball Camp for girls ages 9-14 will be held at the Clayton Community Center gym from 9 a.m. until noon from June 16-19. Basic skills and other fundamental basic game principals of volleyball will be the focus. The camp fee is $45 for residents and $90 for non-residents.
Weekly Baseball Camps
Two half-day instructional baseball camps will focus on the fundamentals of the game with college coaches from William Peace University at the East Clayton Community Park in July. The camps will help participants enhance their skills, while going through drills and game situations. A camp for ages 7-10 will be held July 20-24 and a camp for ages 11-14 is July 27-31. Camp runs from 9 a.m. until noon each day. The camp fee is $100 for residents $130 for others.
Tennis Camps planned for summer
Two tennis camps with the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will be held July 27-31 (a Quickstart camp for ages 7-10) and Aug. 3-7 (a camp for ages 11-16) at Clayton Community Park. The camps run from 9 a.m. until noon daily and if a rain day is needed, it will be held on Saturday of that week. The fee is $60 for residents, $75 for others.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of exercise classes, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, cardio kick and more for all ages. For information on the offerings, times and costs visit townofclaytonnc.org online.
Clayton Community Center Memberships
Memberships for use of the Clayton Community Center are available through the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department for residents of the Town of Clayton and non-residents. Non-residents rates vary from $50-160 yearly (depending on ages/numbers of family members), $8-20 monthly or $6-10 monthly. Residents fees are only $5 per year.
Tae Kwon Do
This Tae Kwon Do program for ages 7 and up focuses on self-confidence, discipline and physical fitness. The instructor, Joey Reeder, is an International Tae Kwon Do Federation certified black belt. Regulation uniforms are not mandatory. Testing to advance in belt rank is done for an additional fee. Classes start on the first Tuesday of each month and run from 6-8 p.m. Fees are $25-40.
The Clayton Parks Dept. is always looking for volunteers. Opportunities include park beautification, special events and work in our community garden.
If you are interested or know a group that is looking for community service opportunities, call 919-553-1550 or come by the Clayton Community Center (715 Amelia Church Road).
Info: 919-553-1551 or townofclayton.org