Mathew Perry watching PPA finals.

Hello Ipoppers!

Time flies as much as a whiffle ball on a Pickleball court! Here comes the holiday season…while most of you migrated into community centers, gymnasiums or jetted down south, I took to month to treat my painful pickleball elbow, it’s feeling better, and with a managed “slow” return to play, it should be good for the new year. If you want to avoid this issue, check out my blog on the subject here. We’ve got some exciting news to share with all our fellow pickleball enthusiasts out there. Brace yourselves for the grand opening of the Inclusive Place of Pickleball (IPOP) Pop-Up in downtown Vancouver, BC! This temporary haven will feature 8-10 30X60 tournament-ready courts, a lounge area to chill, and a rinky-dink practice space. And that’s not all – there are plans to have a mini-pro shop to cater to all your pickleball needs.  Stay tuned for the exciting announcement coming soon…

Pickleball Elbow

Treatment time for my pickleball elbow

In a fantastic collaboration with Pickleball BC, IPOP has submitted an application to the City of Burnaby to host the BC PROVINCIALS in Spring 2023. The tournament will be co-hosted with Pickleball BC and managed in collaboration with volunteers from pickleball groups in Burnaby and New Westminster.

Further solidifying Mayor Mike Hurley’s vision for Burnaby to be the Pickleball capital of BC. You might remember the Mayor cutting the tape at the Squint Lake Pickleball courts’ official opening – an event that drew pickleball peeps from all around, as documented here.

But that’s not all – we’re gearing up for a presence at The Wellness Show on February 4 & 5 at the Vancouver Convention Center. Make sure to mark your calendars and visit our booth (143A) to soak in the pickleball vibes. Pickleball BC will have a display court set up right beside us – an exciting opportunity to showcase our sport’s charm!

We recently had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Top Spin Pickleball in Abbotsford, rubbing shoulders with legends like Brock, Doug, and even Steve Deakin!

Our Learn to Play classes in New Westminster are a hit – once again, sold out! It’s heartening to witness the growing appetite for this awesome sport, and at IPOP, we’re thrilled to nurture this new wave of enthusiasts as they form their own vibrant community within our larger pickleball tribe. Check out our January schedule [link to the schedule] and join the fun! Click here to get more information

On a recent trip to LA, I heard that Matthew Perry loved Pickleball. Of course, I had thought that maybe, just maybe, I’d be running into him on the courts or perhaps at a meeting. We have much in common, especially our love of pickleball and recovery. Somehow, I think he is running around up on that big pickleball court in the sky! RIP kindred spirit. May you find the sun on the pickleball court in the sky.

The Keswick Park Sunday morning crew is braving the cold to hone their pickleball skills and drills. From lobs to volleys, serves to game positioning, they’re committed to becoming pickleball pros.

And last but certainly not least, our survey has garnered responses from over 500 pickleheads, providing invaluable insights into the local pickleball community’s hopes, dreams, and desires. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to fill out our survey here and share it with any fellow players who can help us on our quest.

Let’s continue to build a vibrant and inclusive pickleball community together! See you on the courts!

We’ve been busy…..a recap of exciting updates

From gripping competitions to youth classes and charitable collaborations, the Surrey Pickleball Club (SPC) and CLASSESIPOP have been making waves in the world of pickleball. Here’s a roundup of recent events and upcoming initiatives that are taking our sport to new heights locally!

Skills and Drills at Keswick: Fostering Skill Development and Community Bonding

At IPOP, we understand the importance of continuous skill development. That’s why we introduced Skills and Drills sessions at Keswick on Sundays. Originally intended to enhance our own skills, these sessions have turned into a community affair. On early Sunday mornings, we’ve had the privilege of hosting over 40 players eager to learn focused and practical skills and drills. It’s a testament to the commitment of pickleball enthusiasts to grow and improve together.

Keswick Park End-of-Summer Tournament Fundraiser

And that’s not all! We’re gearing up for the Keswick Park end-of-summer tournament fundraiser, an event you won’t want to miss. Keep an eye out for announcements and updates as we prepare to bid farewell to summer in style, all while contributing to charitable causes through the power of pickleball.

Fundraiser’s Collaboration: Giving Back through Pickleball

We’re excited to announce our collaboration with PADS and PickleballBC for an inaugural fundraiser tournament at Robert Burnaby Park. Stay tuned for an upcoming press release, where we’ll reveal more details about this exciting event scheduled for April 2024. This tournament embodies the spirit of pickleball by using our passion for the sport to support worthy causes.

SPC’s Grip and Rip Tournament: A Resounding Success

First and foremost, we’d like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the competitors who participated in the SPCs GRIP and RIP tournament last weekend. It was a dazzling display of skill and sportsmanship, with over 360 players coming together to celebrate the sport we all love. The event was a resounding success, and we want to express our gratitude to everyone who visited our booth during the tournament.

While many players couldn’t resist the allure of the famous IPOP Pickleball Magic Power cookies (rumor has it, they might be the secret to winning gold), there was something even more remarkable that captured everyone’s attention. Two teenagers defied the odds and clinched the silver medal in the all-ages men’s doubles category. It was a heartwarming testament to the inclusive spirit of pickleball, proving that age is just a number on the courts. This is an embodiment of pickleball appeal to competitors of all generations

CLASSES @ IPOP: Nurturing the Next Generation of Pickleball Players

IPOP is honored to be at the forefront of pickleball development in the City of New Westminster. We’re thrilled to announce our upcoming beginners’ youth and teen classes, in addition to our adult Learn to Play program. Starting on Tuesday, September 19th, these classes will be held at the Queensborough Community Center. Participants can expect to dive into the foundational techniques of pickleball and gain an understanding of the rules, and basics of game strategy. It’s a fantastic opportunity for individuals of all ages to learn and grow in this dynamic sport.

Looking Forward to 2024: Finding the Perfect Location

As we continue to strengthen the pickleball community, we want to share our exciting plans for the future. IPOP is in the process of finding the perfect location in our local area to create a dedicated pickleball haven. We are sifting through the many options and are committed to providing a state-of-the-art facility that will cater to pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Our goal is to open this remarkable space in early 2024, offering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all pickleball lovers to enjoy.

In conclusion, the inclusive place of pickleball is thriving thanks to the passionate players, organizers, and supporters who make it all possible. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, there’s a place for you in the pickleball community. So, pick up that paddle, join a class, and get ready to make a difference both on and off the courts. The future of pickleball is bright, and we can’t wait to see where this incredible journey takes us next. Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to be part of something truly special in early 2024!

Yours in Pickleball,