Our roots began way back in 2017, when a small group who wanted to grow the sport, got together to create ideas. They felt this unique sport, that could be played by all ages and ability, improved community cohesiveness, increased physical activity and over-all small-town comradery. Since we didn’t have any place to place, temporary courts were set up on main street.
Two coaches were brought out from Regina and lessons began. After instruction inside the 50 Plus Club, half of the group went to the community hall to have instruction indoors and the others took to the street.
The action began! Pickleball grew from a handful of eager to learn beginners and has blossomed to a very active group. These two instructors we integral in helping get Pickleball Southey well on its way.
AND SO IT BEGAN…… Today Pickleball Southey is proud to say we are a very active pickleball club. In addition, pickleball in Saskatchewan has become a sport recognized by Sask Sport. Until COVID struck, the club was playing twice a week. In the winter we’d play in the school gym and in the rink during the summer.
Pickleball in Southey began as an “activity” with our Southey Senior 50 Plus Club. As membership and interest in the sport grew, it became necessary to form an independent club. In July of 2020, the official organization, now known as Pickleball Southey, was formed. Our ties to our original organization, Southey Senior 50 Plus Club, remain strong.
Pickleball Southey has become well known for it’s famous July 1st tournament.
Pickleball Southey's second Annual Tournament was sold out and was a marvelous day and great success.
In 2018 Pickleball Southey offered a Junior Pickleball camp. With the help of grants and local community assistance a 6 day camp for 16 kids was held. Our local club provided the volunteer instructors and snacks for the children. The equipment that was purchased and used was donated to the school. This included over 30 paddles and 3 nets. Local players also provided lessons to the teachers so the fun could continue in the school.
Even though COVID caused problems with access to facilities to play, we didn’t give in, and sought alternate location options. Dysart, a nearby community, allowed us to rent their community center, which is a retired school and therefore has a gym. Play occurs regularly twice a week, although we took a break in December of 2020 and will resume in the New Year of 2021.