The fastest-growing sport in North America is coming to the Ashcroft HUB starting Monday, September 19. That’s when pickleball—which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis—starts up for anyone aged 15 and up.
“The first night will be to teach people how to play,” says HUB site manager Vicky Trill.
The game is for two, three, or four players, who use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a whiffle ball, over a net.
“We received a grant from VIA Sport,” says Trill, “which allowed us to buy all the equipment and pay for an instructor.”
The cost is $10 for the first session, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., and Trill says that they intend to have pickleball every Monday evening, on either a drop-in or play-day basis.
The Epicentre Kids program started on September 14, with children under the age of 13 able to learn to sew, crochet, and cook, as well as take part in sports, from 3 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday.
Students taking part will be met at Desert Sands Community School and walked to the HUB for the program.
Wednesday also see the Epicentre Teens program, which started this summer as the Teen Sports program. “There will be indoor and outdoor sports activities,” says Trill, “but we’ll also offer other activities for the non-sports-oriented.”
Adults can make use of the adult room at the HUB, which contains pool and foosball tables, as well as a place to relax and hang out.
The room is also available to be rented out for family events, parties, or training sessions.
A gym membership at the HUB costs $50 a month for adults ($40 for seniors/youth/disabled persons), and gives access to Merv’s Gym fitness facility from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
A class membership (same rates) gives unlimited access to the many fitness classes, such as Zumba, Zumba Gold, yoga, circuit training, and much more.
For $65/$55 per month, members can have access to all the HUB’s fitness facilities and classes.
For more information about any of the events going on at the HUB, call Vicky Trill at (250) 453-9177 during office hours.