MAPLE RIDGE COMES TO BC PICKLEBALL AT MAPLE GREEN PARK TO LEARN
THE GENTLE ART OF PICKLEBALL
On April 21st 28 students, drivers, teacher and four dedicated volunteers came to help teach a cohort of grades 6 & 7”s from Maple Ridge Haney who drove from Alouette elementary- Woodhouse near Haney just off of 216th ave to Maple Green park in Surrey. The drive was about 40 minutes, arriving about 9:30 . Meanwhile, Bert C Coates, Doug Joyce, myself and Maxine Boroko were busy setting up and marking with chalk ( by joining the premarked dots previously painted by parks and Rec ) four courts in the mid – tier with portable sets from Bc pickleball . The lower tier had a dedicated PB court but no net which bc pickleball has kindly supplied for free – to anyone who has access to a key to the lock box, ( I have copies ) .
The lock box was supplied by parks and Rec. on Condition that we keep it stocked with free paddles and balls FOREVER . A sign on the front FENCE says “ THIS IS A TENNIS – PICKLEBALL FACILITY “
At 8:30 AM a class from Surrey Christian HIGH school , located in the area was already playing lacrosse in the open area . They finished as we were to start our instruction – so in fact, on this day ,
some 75 people used the park to play, or recreate. Considering that the park does not even have a washroom, that is very good.We thank Brianna Kirkham for the port-o-potty for such a large group. By 9:45 we were ready to go and start the level 1 instruction and warmups. By noon , and lunch, some provided by bc pickleball , although most had a lunch packed, the students were ready for a mini – tournament. By 1:45 pm, a gold, silver and Bronze medal winner had been declared amist much excitement from the kids. The sun shone on us all day , even though it rained in the evening.
This class is one that is unique in their school system and that the student direct a lot of the learning into areas not in the curriculum . Even though Surrey high schools have pickleball on their their core curriculum does not mean that all schools do. We hope that this was a good learning experience for these students and that they will carry it forward to the other classes at their school.
Pickleball is “ a game for all “ “ un jeux pour tous “ our Motto. It is also a sport that can be lifetime, with few injuries, and fun as well as social – all of these characteristics were demonstrated on Tuesday by these very respectful young people. We , at bc pickleball are honoured to have been allowed to teach them.
We invite other elementaries and high schools to do the same and help us put this sport on all school curriculums.
Yours in Sport and health,
BC pickleball assoc
ph – 604-536-9602
Photos to Come