The South Cowichan Pickleball Club was registered as a Society using the Provinces' model bylaws in December 2019, with no paid members and Rick Hollingworth, Brian Johnson and Laurie Vasey listed as Directors.
The purpose of establishing this Society, was to use the weight of club membership numbers to lobby government and service organizations for funding to increase access to pickleball venues in the South Cowichan Area (Electoral Areas A through E). The Club endeavored to get the word out to decision makers that the South Cowichan Area has 32% of the CVRD’s population and no free play dedicated outdoor courts and no indoor courts in the winter.
The original plan was to hold a first meeting to amend the bylaws, determine the annual dues, elect directors and conduct a membership drive at the Kerry Park Recreation Centre when it opened up in April 2020. Due to COVID restrictions this did not happen, and is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. Therefore, an Expression of Interest in joining the SCPC from people who attended sessions at Kerry Park over the past few years was circulated. Over 70 players confirmed their interest.
Fast forward to February 24th 2021. Prior to that date the Club's focus (Phase 1) had been on getting more courts in the South Cowichan. That all changed with the announcement of Provincial funding for 6 courts at the Kerry Park site, with construction to commence in 2021. With the announcement a membership drive yeilded over 100 paid members as of March 31, 2021.
We now move into the next phases:
Phase 2 - Our goal is to ensure that we have input into court design to maximize the playing enjoyment of all players on the planned courts. Concurrently we are seeking paid members.
Phase 3 - Finally we will transition into an operating Club (running tournaments, booking court time, running clinics etc.)