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Abbotsford Pickleball Association

Our Mission is to facilitate growth and development of Pickleball in Abbotsford and surrounding areas by:

  • promoting the health, physical and social well-being of participants of all skill levels and age groups through involvement in Pickleball;

  • expanding the availability of permanent and dedicated Pickleball courts within the community;

  • facilitating coaching and teaching Pickleball,

  • providing opportunities to develop local Pickleball coaches and referees;

  • organizing competitive tournaments on a periodic basis; 

  • scheduling opportunities for pickleball players of all levels to find the appropriate environment in which to develop their games; and

  • growing the sport of Pickleball through participation in local community initiatives.

 

Our Vision is to be recognized as the primary organization for development of Pickleball in Abbotsford and the surrounding area while promoting Pickleball as a recreation, a sport and a healthy, wholesome way to meet and interact with people.

 

Our Values include fostering a welcoming, respectful, safe, collegial and sportsman-like environment.
 

2024 Board of Directors

Our Partners 

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Documents 

Bylaws

History of Pickleball in Abbotsford

In April 2009 the city built an addition of gym space to the Abbotsford Rec Center. A group of 8-9 senior citizens from Abbotsford and Chilliwack talked the city into allowing them some gym space for their fledgling sport, which they played in the RV parks in Arizona & California. A younger rec Center staff was assigned to oversee the group and realized that the sport was more than just friendly competition. He organized social times for the players after the pickleball sessions. Within 3 months the sport had grown from using 3 courts to now using 8 courts, and were now playing every afternoon through the week. The only places in the lower mainland to play indoor pickleball were Chilliwack, South Surrey, and Abbotsford and only for ages 55+! The rec Center staff saw the potential growth for pickleball for people that worked during the day, the students and others and petitioned the management a time to have a drop in pickleball session in the evening. An evening was finally given late 2010 early 2011 on a trial basis to see if it could work using only 4 courts. Word got out and within 3 months 8 courts were filled with the under 55 crowd and the top level senior players locally. Because Abbotsford was the premier location to offer pickleball to the under 55 crowd players materialized from all over the lower mainland who would trek out to Abbotsford one evening a week to play the best pickleball around. Within the year a second night was added and the once fledgling local sport was now established.

In 2012 & 2013 The 1st & 2nd pickleball Canadian nationals history were hosted in Abbotsford.

In 2012 a small group of Abbotsford and Langley residents came together to find a way to promote the game they loved; they formed “Fraser Valley Pickleball”.  FVP noted there were zero dedicated outdoor pickleball facilities anywhere outside of Kelowna/Kamloops available and wanted to change that and promote the fastest growing game in North America.  Abbotsford had hosted the Canadian National Championships for 3 years in a row and yet only offered indoor play at the Abbotsford Recreation Center with limited times.  

 

After 2 years of conversations with the City of Abbotsford, Jubilee Park became the first location in Metro Vancouver to have a dedicated facility where people of all ages could gather, get fit, socialize and have fun playing this amazing sport!  Since that time, the game has exponentially grown and ALL other communities have caught up with Abbotsford and there are now many facilities throughout the Lower Mainland available for play.

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