New Athletic Training Center, Home Turf, opens in Hayesville

Brooke Young

Home Turf Training Center is officially open for business. Located outside of Hayesville, at the corridor of U.S. Route 30 and State Route 60, the 15,000 square foot facility offers training for soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse in particular, along with speed and agility training.

Ben Ferguson, local businessman and founder of Home Turf said the facility is “open to a variety of lessons, classes and sessions.”

Among these possibilities are pilates, yoga or tumbling courses. Although nothing is “carved in stone yet,” Home Turf will be offering a few indoor leagues next fall. Ideas for the leagues include dodgeball, adult kickball and more, and they are planning to offer both adult and youth leagues.

He also cites his children’s “need for indoor turf training spaces to continue training and progressing in the colder months” as a need he saw in the community that he wanted to address.

“I have the vision of making the overall area better. And by better, I mean helping to offer opportunities that are often only found in bigger cities,” Ferguson said.

One distinction that Ferguson wants to make is that Home Turf does not serve as a recreation center, but rather, while they are open and inclusive to all, there should be a specific sport or training in mind prior to coming to Home Turf.

Mike Volz, a local coach of 14U travel baseball team, JABC, Johnny Appleseed Baseball Club, said Home Turf provides “a good opportunity for local teams to be ahead of, or at least at the level of teams in much larger areas. Teams in smaller areas are usually at a disadvantage because there are very limited spaces in a small community that provide opportunities like Home Turf does.”

With his baseball team beginning to participate in scrimmages and games in the early spring months, he stressed the importance of having an area where players can work and get prepared for the upcoming season.

At the moment, 11 teams are already using the Home Turf facility, with many more preparing to begin.
According to Ferguson, the reviews for the facility have already been immensely positive, and he urges those with athletic needs to inquire about the facility.

The hours of operation throughout the school year are Monday through Friday 3-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information about the facility, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/HOMETURFTRAINING/ or call (419) 651-2070.