‘Ready to go?’ Jack asked after the warm-up.
Alice twitched the corner of her mouth into the tenth of a smile. She had to give it to Jack: he really tried to find the right tone of voice. And every morning, he ran new variations by her to fine-tune the way he spoke. He never tried patronising. He was tuning the jolly instructor further down. Thanks for that. He had given the drill master and the chummy sympathy guy a miss after the first mild attempts. By now, he was reaching a pretty neutral voice. Practical and informative without any of the animating, cheering up or whatever else people came up with for their workouts.
book 1, beginning
Apart from a wide range of sports opportunities, this town will develop and build everything that is needed in sports, from clothing to footballs, running shoes to canoes and so on.