Sooke’s revamped racquet courts a community effort

Sooke’s revamped racquet courts a community effort

Grand opening features free clinics

Rick Stiebel

Sooke News Mirror

Come out on Sept. 16 and see for yourself what all the racket’s about.

Sooke Tennis and Pickleball, a non-profit volunteer racquet sports group, is hosting the grand re-opening of the Throup Road Community Tennis Courts from 1 to 3 p.m.

The event will feature free clinics with loaner racquets and paddles supplied, demonstrations, games, door prizes, refreshments, and a chance to socialize, said Marilyn Erickson, who spearheaded the project with Leah Gronow.

“A great group of passionate volunteers and racquet players got together to save a wonderful community asset,” Erickson noted. “The emerging sport of pickleball will be on full display. It’s a great way for seniors and families to get outdoors on a smaller court for fun and fitness.”

The project to refurbish the courts was made possible by a $7,000 grant from the District of Sooke. Courtside Sports stepped up to help with the purchase of racquets and equipment and the Saunders Foundation are sponsoring the open house, Erickson said.

“We are very grateful to the local businesses who are helping out with donations and door prizes as well,” she added.

Plans are underway for more fundraising initiatives and grant applications to make more improvements in the future. Organizers ask that those interested in attending RSVP if possible at

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