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Tennis
Director of Racquets / Tennis Professional - Aidan Mifsud

Approach the Oakville Club down Water Street and gaze upon the picturesque setting of the five outdoor tennis courts available for play day or night.

An array of programs awaits every skill level and age. There are house leagues for mixed, men, and women, along with round robins, junior clinics, lessons, tennis fitness and a variety of tennis clinics. The tennis team organizes a host of events throughout the season, with round robins and themed dinners celebrating the Grand Slams, and opportunities for families to challenge each other on Parent and Child day.

With the early spring warmth comes the start of the daily junior clinics with programs for all ages, and carrying on into the summer camps. Aidan brings his enthusiasm and love of tennis to all the programs. He is a Tennis Canada qualified coach at Club Professional 3 level and has a vast amount of experience from his many travels.

The tennis courts in the summer are the place to be. Compete, challenge fellow members on the singles ladder or just enjoy a game of doubles on beautiful court 5, while the boats sail by on Sixteen Mile Creek.

Badminton
Head Badminton Professional: Stu Arthur

Badminton at the Oakville Club is synonymous with tradition. Four courts occupy what once served as an airplane hangar during World War I. Now, feathered birds fly through the air controlled by strings in the orchestrated movement of doubles and singles.

Programs for every age and ability have been expertly designed by Stu Arthur, our Badminton Professional of 11 seasons. This year-round sport is rich with organized leagues, round robins, socials and reciprocals.

Juniors of all ages engage in superior instruction and fun play through a host of teams and tournaments. Stu Arthur runs a competitive, intermediate and beginner junior program for ages 4-18 every evening on the Badminton courts. Stu has been the Club Professional for 11 seasons and brings his expertise from being a director of the Canadian Badminton coaches association and a former member of Canada's National Badminton Team. Badminton is a fun, fast paced sport that is a great work-out and, most of all, a great time!

Group and private lessons are always available to develop shots and strategy. Entertain your competitive side by participating in the club championships. Join other Members to celebrate the season at the popular annual badminton/squash bash. Adult Badminton Leagues run almost every evening during the week. Join fellow Badminton enthusiasts on Friday evenings for our Round Robin and Social.

Squash

Four international squash courts provide an arena for opponents to measure their skills in triumph or defeat in the din of echoing tin. From house leagues, ladders, and round robins to tournaments, there are tiers for beginners to masters.

Through a variety of instructional programs, members learn new strategies and fine tune their strokes. A vibrant junior program engages the future stars in skill development and match play, while giving them the opportunity to prepare for competitive play beyond the Club.

The more competitive players represent the Club in the Toronto and District league, or for bragging rights within the Club challenge each other on the Gossling Ladder. The two house leagues bring close to 100 players to the courts. Monday night is for the novice to intermediate players, while Thursday night is for the more advanced players.

An active squash committee plans many special events from play the pro nights to themed seasonal evening of squash and entertainment. Every season reaches a climax with the Club Championships followed by The Bash, the annual squash and badminton party.

Pickleball

The game started during the summer of 1965, a few friends intended to play Badminton with their families, but the birdie was missing! They improvised with a Wiffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed. Although some sources claim that the name "Pickleball" was derived from the family dog, Pickles, the name actually came from the term "pickle boat", referring to the last boat to return with its catch. Somehow the idea the name came from our dog Pickles was attached to the naming of the game, but Pickles wasn't on the scene for two more years - The dog was actually named for the game!

we have 2 badminton courts set up for pickleball in the summer season, May - September, with a drop-in every Monday from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. Aidan, our Director of Racquets, will be on site to give tips, set up matches and introduce new players to the game.