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Our Mission: By offering comprehensive tennis programming from a professional staff we will strive to be leaders in the Lower Mainland public tennis community. We will provide the facility, instruction and service required for people of all ages and all levels of playing ability to improve their skills and enjoy their tennis experience.

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August Long Weekend Facility Hours

Hours for UBC Recreation facilities for the August (4th – 6th) long weekend are as follows:

Student Recreation Centre

Saturday, August 4th – 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, August 5th – 9:00am – 9:00pm
Monday, August 6th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Birdcoop Fitness Centre

Saturday, August 4th – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, August 6th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The ARC

Saturday, August 4th – CLOSED
Sunday, August 5th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, August 6th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

UBC Aquatic Centre

Saturday, August 4th – 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, August 5th – 8:00am – 8:00pm
Monday, August 6th – 10:00am – 2:00pm

UBC Tennis Centre

Saturday, June 30th – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – CLOSED
Monday, July 2nd – 10:00am – 6:00pm

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Facility Hours

Saturday, August 4th – CLOSED
Sunday, August 5th– CLOSED
Monday, August 6th – CLOSED

Pro Shop Hours

Saturday, August 4th – 9:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday, August 5th – CLOSED
Monday, August 6th – CLOSED

UBC Camps Office

Saturday, August 4th – CLOSED
Sunday, August 5th – CLOSED
Monday, August 6th – CLOSED

UBC Boathouse

Saturday, August 4th – CLOSED
Sunday, August 5th – CLOSED
Monday, August 6th – CLOSED

War Memorial Gym

Saturday, August 4th – CLOSED
Sunday, August 5th – CLOSED
Monday, August 6th – CLOSED

UBC Baseball Indoor Training Centre

Saturday, August 4th – CLOSED
Sunday, August 5th – CLOSED
Monday, August 6th – CLOSED

UBC Tennis Centre August Facility Operating Hours

During the entire month of August, the UBC Tennis Centre will have reduced hours on weekends. All weekend operating hours (Saturdays and Sundays), with the exception of the long weekend, will be from 8:00am-6:00pm. If you wish to play on outdoor tennis courts past 6pm on a weekend, we recommend playing at the Totem Park Residence or Place Vanier Residence courts. Thank you for your cooperation.

Josh’s Fresh Take: July 2018 Edition

The Legend, Bob Exell – Part 2

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

As previously mentioned in part 1 of the Bob Exell Story, Coach Bob is a staple here at the UBC Tennis Centre. His quiet demeanour, sense of humor, and wealth of knowledge has made a tremendous impact on players and coaches alike. He is always happy to chat about the game of tennis, give coaching advice, or simply crack a joke. Especially the latter.

On court when I am working alongside Bob, I will often entice him to tell a joke or two to the class, just to see the reactions from the kids to a punch-line that goes way over their heads… and usually over my head as well. I still get a kick out of it and so do the kids, even when we don’t quite understand it.

This has been one of the themes that I’ve noticed about Coach Bob. Not necessarily the “great jokes”, but his love of the sport and his passion for coaching kids. As a tennis coach with only three years of experience, I am inspired to see someone who has been coaching for years and still has the passion and excitement on a daily basis.

“It keeps me young! First off, I am one of the oldest coaches, as a matter of fact I think I am the oldest coach here, and I enjoy working with young people. They keep me feeling young. I obviously love the game and I want to inspire kids to have the same enjoyment.”

Aside from coaching, Bob has also kept in touch with his competitive edge in tennis, as he has been invited to play for the national team on several occasions.

“The last couple of years I have been lucky enough to be selected on the national team. This year I was again selected to go to Germany, unfortunately through family obligations and a minor health issue I have decided to not participate… but I am hoping to train again for next year and hopefully make the team. It is always exciting to play for your country and it is a thrill to get asked. You have to be in the top four-to-six players in the country to get an invitation, so it is not easy, and you have to play a couple tournaments to get ranking points to potentially make a team. It is very competitive across the country and there are a lot of talented players so it is always exciting when you get asked. As you get older it gets harder and harder because you’ve got to maintain your health and your skills, as well as needing to play a lot. As a coach and player, it is hard doing both because you are on the court a lot and then you obviously have to find time to train too.”

Only time will tell if Coach Bob will play on another national team. Until then the jokes will keep coming and the legend will keep building. For now, here are some parting words about working at the UBC Tennis Centre from the man himself;

“I love our staff, I love the Centre and I love the clientele. I can’t think of a better place to not only work, but to also play.”

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

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Canada Day Long Weekend Facility Hours

Hours for UBC Recreation facilities on the Canada Day (July 1st) long weekend are as follows:

Student Recreation Centre

Saturday, June 30th – 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, July 2nd – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Birdcoop Fitness Centre

Saturday, June 30th – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, July 2nd – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The ARC

Saturday, June 30th – CLOSED
Sunday, July 1st – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, July 2nd – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

UBC Aquatic Centre

Saturday, June 30th – 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – CLOSED
Monday, July 2nd – 10:00am – 2:00pm

UBC Tennis Centre

Saturday, June 30th – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – CLOSED
Monday, July 2nd – 10:00am – 6:00pm

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Facility Hours

Saturday, June 30th – 6:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – 6:00am – 11:00pm
Monday, July 2nd – 6:00am – 11:00pm

Pro Shop Hours

Saturday, June 30th – 11:30am – 10:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – CLOSED
Monday, July 2nd – CLOSED

UBC Camps Office

Saturday, June 30th – CLOSED
Sunday, July 1st – CLOSED
Monday, July 2nd – CLOSED

UBC Boathouse

Saturday, June 30th – CLOSED
Sunday, July 1st – CLOSED
Monday, July 2nd – CLOSED

War Memorial Gym

Saturday, June 30th – CLOSED
Sunday, July 1st – CLOSED
Monday, July 2nd – 9:00am – 4:00pm

UBC Baseball Indoor Training Centre

Saturday, June 30th – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 1st – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, July 2nd – CLOSED