A three court tournament in South Surrey
Peace Portal Alliance Annual Tournament
November 7, 2014
Many people have indicated they cannot do much with one, two, or three courts. At South Surrey we have the potential to have four Church led groups with up to 4000 families in one program. The Peace Portal Alliance Church has a large congregation and three courts in a nice gym with short ends and generous sides.
They have offered a Friday only program , stratified with beginners in the morning, teaching mid-day or early afternoon and accomplished players in the Friday evening. After Four years they now have over 100 players , some of whom play on other days of the week in our South Surrey Rec center, the largest program in Canada. On Fridays, combining South Surrey and Peace Portal Alliance we would approach 200 players . This augurs well for our planned campaign to bring 26 courts to South Surrey – 10 indoor and 16-18 outdoor.
This would put South Surrey into the position of an A park for Pickleball, appropriate as they have no tennis indoor program here but do have eight courts for tennis two blocks away. The South Surrey park outdoor courts have been substandard for years in terms of finish and design . The pickleball people would bring usage for the 10 months of the year that tennis is not seen here. If the weather is not raining , we would be playing.
Finally, this 50 person tournament at Peace Portal is restricted to those who had payed their club fee and have a 3.5 rating by USA standards., so , although it is free to play there, there are restrictions ( IFP is OK ) and religious (not OK) to compete there. One player at our center today indicated he was not allowed, although a member of the church as he is not a 3.5 player in their opinion. He is an octogenarian. In Canada, we can be more welcoming eh.
In contrast, the USA Nationals in Buckeye AZ this week will have some 800 players on eight courts for a whole week instead of one day. Many Canadian 5.0 players will be there like Luba Jehovic and Dave Touchet from South Surrey. The American system runs on competitive play , whereas the Canadian System operates on a recreational model primarily.
Let’s hope more of our programs will follow the lead of Peace Portal Alliance, Sechelt,
and Dufferin Park at the Truck Crossing Border to do a tournament as well.
Yours in Sport and health,