Work It! Sports and Recreation in Manchester, Tennessee
In the past year, the Manchester Recreation Complex (557 N. Woodland St., Manchester) has hosted tournament swim meets, youth baseball tournaments and girls’ pitching tournaments, among other youth sporting events for hundreds of young athletes. According to Bonnie Gamble, director at Manchester Parks and Recreation, the “tremendous” growth of tournament ball and youth traveling sports teams will continue to bring an influx of athletes into Manchester in the years to come.
In fact, Manchester has become an idyllic location for this growth. The city is central to the state, home to dozens of hotels and restaurants for visitors, and easy to navigate with virtually nonexistent traffic. Moreover, the local schools—like the city’s Coffee County Central High School and Coffee County Raider Academy, the system’s school exclusively for freshmen—also continue to influence the high amount of youth sports activities in the area.
Looking forward to a promising future for youth sports in Manchester, Gamble is continually reevaluating the complex and its role in the community. Noticing a rising market for soccer and biking, for example, Gamble says that the rec center will be prepared to accommodate any growing interests of young athletes in the area.
“In terms of youth sports, we are the go-to-place for information,” she said.
If you’re looking for a place to be an athlete or cheer for athletes in Manchester, check out these facilities and recreation centers offered by the city of Manchester and the local school systems.
If you are in the mood to enjoy America’s favorite pastime, Manchester’s Fred Deadman Park (101-166 Wilson St., Manchester) is home to four lighted baseball fields, one each for the American League, the National League, a T-ball League and the Babe Ruth League. For those hoping to cookout before the game, picnic shelters and a gazebo are nearby in the park.
Rental Fees: $25/field for 2 hours, $75/field for all day.
Coffee County Central High School’s softball field, home of the Red Raiders, has bull pen areas and dugouts for two teams, a full press box, a concessions stand, lighting system, and seating for 500 people. The length from home plate to the outfield walls is 300 feet. The school also has an indoor, lighted hitting facility with numerous batting cages.
The Coffee County Raider Academy has a small on-campus gym with an LED lighting systems, restrooms, a sound system, scoreboards and seating for 800 people.
Directly inside the 69,000-square-foot Manchester Recreation Complex are two high school-size basketball courts. See the daily admission prices for the Complex below.
Coffee County Central High School’s on-campus gym (Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gymnasium) also has three full-size basketball courts. The gym also has a concessions stand, restrooms, an LED lighting system, a sound system, two scoreboards and seating for 2900 fans.
While Middle Tennessee offers countless options for authentic mountain climbing outdoors, Manchester Recreation Complex also has a climbing wall available for use by youth and adults. In order to climb the small wall, visitors are required to wear rubber-soled shoes and athletic wear.
Coffee County Central High School is the home of the Coffee County Red Raiders, who compete against the Tullahoma Wildcats each fall for the highly anticipated Coffee Pot game.
CCHS has a full length football practice field and a full-size weight room facility with 12 weight racks, over 10,000 pounds of free weights and ample space for weight lifting competitions.
The school system’s 9000-person football stadium is located at the Coffee County Raider Academy. The stadium has two concession stands, press boxes on both sides, a scoreboard, lighting system and locker rooms.
Cheerleading and gymnastics classes are held every Thursday at the Manchester Recreation Complex. Managed by two former University of Tennessee Scholarship Cheerleaders, Tennessee Cheerleading and Gymnastics offers classes that are a combination of tumbling, cheerleading and physical fitness for children ages 4 and up.
Also located at Fred Deadman Park, Manchester’s skate park is a poured-in-place concrete ball, unlike many ramp-only small town skate parks.
The Manchester Sports Park is the new home for Manchester’s soccer complex, which is still under construction. One of the new fields will be college-sized. Picnic areas and a playground will also be built in the park, which sits alongside the Little Duck River and Manchester’s greenway.
The Coffee County Raider Academy has a full-sized soccer field with two dugouts, a concessions stand, press box and seating for 200 people. There is also additional room for chair seating and available locker rooms, restrooms, scoreboard and lighting system. A practice field is located directly behind the field.
Though originally an indoor sport, softball today is mostly played outdoors, and Manchester has 5 softball fields for both slow-pitch and fast-pitch games. While one field is located at Fred Deadman Park, the other four lighted fields are across the railroad tracks at Dave King Park (240-298 N. Ramsey St., Manchester).
Rental Fees: $25/field for 2 hours, $75/field for all day
Coffee County Central High School’s softball field, home of the Lady Raiders, has bull pen areas and dugouts for two teams, a full press box, a concessions stand, lighting system, and seating for 600 people. The length from home plate to the outfield walls is 200 feet. The school also has an indoor, lighted hitting facility with numerous batting cages.
Though the outdoor pool and its colorful slides are the most visible aquatic element of thee Manchester Recreation Complex, the complex also has an eight-lane, 25-yard long indoor competition/lap pool and an indoor warm water therapy pool. Deep water aerobics, water aerobics, adult swimming lessons and swim meets are held in the lap pool. The pool is also home to the Manchester Makos, a parent-governed year round competitive swimming organization for ages 4 to 18. See the daily admission prices for the Complex below.
If looking to channel your inner John McEnroe, stop by Fred Deadman Park’s four lighted tennis courts. All of the courts are USTA standard, and there are both small and standard sized courts at the park.
The Coffee County Raider Academy has four newly built tennis courts. Restrooms, seating and lighting are not currently available.
The Coffee County Raider Academy has a newly expanded and surfaced eight-lane track at its football stadium. All track and field events, with the exception of pole-vaulting, can be held at the stadium.
Coffee County Central High School’s gym has the capability to set up three full-size volleyball courts. The gym also has a concessions stand, restrooms, an LED lighting system, a sound system, two scoreboards and seating for 2900 fans.
Manchester Recreation Complex
Daily Admission Prices
Children under 3 months: free
Children (3 months–4 years): $4
Student (5-18): $5
Adult (19-54): $6
Senior (55-79): $4
80+ Seniors: $2
10-Visit Pass: $35
All inquiries about scheduling tournaments or competitions through the recreation complex should be directed to Bonnie Gamble. (email@example.com, 931-728-0273).
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