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Badminton Christmas Special

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Back for one night only in this unusual season! Join us for a Christmas social and get into the holiday mood. Plus-one, spouse, exes, one-night-stands, FWBs, etc are welcomed.

WHEN
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
8:00pm to 11:00pm

WHERE
Hounsfield Heights – Briar Hill Community Association (community room and gym)
1928 14 Ave NW
Calgary, AB

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WHAT
Appetizers and mains will be provided
– Non-Alcoholic beverages will be provided
– Bring a snack or dessert item to share
– Food served at 8:00pm
– Gym opens between 9:00-11:00pm for badminton (regular drop-in fee applies or use your passes)
*NEW THIS YEAR* Bring a wrapped gift of about $10 in value for gift exchange game (optional)
– Bring a board game / party game
– GOOD TIMES

Minors are welcomed at the discretion of the parent/guardian due to proximity to adult theme and language.

The venue is operating under the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program. You must provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to attend.

RSVP on facebook or comment on this post for food order planning.

Facility Entry and Admission Update

In light of the public health measures announced by the Government of Alberta on 15 September 2021, our facility partner has indicated they will implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. Apollo Badminton must also follow the same approach in order to deliver indoor recreational sport activities as usual — at any venue — under the current state of public health emergency.

Beginning our session on Tuesday, 21 September, club officials, participants, and spectators must provide either one of the following in order to enter the facility:

  • proof of vaccination
    • single dose accepted between September 20 and October 25 if received 2 weeks before time of service
    • double doses required after October 25
  • documentation of a medical exemption
  • proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)

For the interest of efficiency, please take some time to print out a physical card-size vaccination record ahead of time for quick inspection. It is expected there will be long online queue simply to access the record on a mobile phone.

We will set up the registration table at the front door in order to work with our facility partner to complete the check-in as you enter. Those who have completed the check-in for the first time will have their name entered on a list that will be shared with our facility partner for future check-in at that particular facility. The list will only contain the name of the individual who has already been screened at that location.

Please be patient as you may be asked to show the documentation again more than once as we iron out a systematic approach with our facility partner.

While we have always welcomed spectators and spectators do not engage in sport activities per se, we cannot guarantee spectators will be admitted into the facility without the above documents.

If for whatever reason you would rather receive a refund for the unused portion of your pre-paid pass, please contact James and refund will be issued by etransfer only. Complimentary passes are not redeemable for cash. All passes purchased for the 2019-2020 season up to and including this year are valid until May 2022.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,


Apollo Badminton

Fall 2021 Update

As pandemic uncertainties drag on, it wasn’t a surprise to us that the Calgary school districts have again postponed public rentals. The school districts will reconvene later this year to discuss the potential of relaunching public rentals in 2022.

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Since no school venue is available this fall, we are scrambling for venues like all other groups and leagues. For now we have four dates in September booked. If there’s one thing we’ve collectively learned this last one and half year is that the only thing to expect is unpredictability, and not to take things for granted. We take these four September sessions as a “soft reopening”, and if there is enough interest and financially viable, we will post more dates as venues become available.

The September Calendar will be posted in a separate post.

We appreciate and cherish any opportunity to play at all this fall, and we do our small parts to limit disease transmission by practicing good hygiene. While there is currently no municipal mask mandate at this time, With the current provincial and municipal mandates, mask is recommended required in public areas of the venue. Hand sanitizer continues to be available as we had made it so in the early months of 2020. 

Please hang on to your passes as all passes will be extended to the end of May 2022, if we are able to have a full season at all. If you would rather receive a refund for the unused portion of the pass please contact James and refund will be issued by etransfer only. Complimentary passes are not redeemable for cash.

See you in September,

Apollo Badminton

2020-2021 Season Cancellation

On 20 October 2020, we have received notification that all three school boards serving the city will extend cancellation of all public rental to the end of the school year (31 August 2021) due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As such, we will not have a 2020-2021 season. Fall bookings are usually released in June so we will wait and see as the situation develops.

We are currently exploring other viable venue options but most community centres are still closed at this time. Even if a viable venue is found, the playing format will be very different under special badminton house rules in response to the pandemic.

All issued passes will be extended to the end of December 2021. However, if at this time you would rather receive refund for the unused portion of your pass, please contact James to process your request. Complimentary passes are not redeemable for cash (these are the ones with “C” punched out on the pass).

We will update everyone once we have news about September 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and may we meet again,

Apollo Badminton

Covid-19 Cancellation Update

Despite the current provincial relaunch and back-to-school plans, City of Calgary Recreation has announced today that due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, all three school boards serving the city will be cancelling public rental for the remainder of 2020. The decision will be reviewed later this fall if rentals can become available again in the new year. As such, our return to a badminton season will not be until January 2021 at the very earliest.

We are currently exploring other viable venue options but most community centres are still closed at this time. Even if a viable venue is found, the playing format will be very different under special badminton house rules in response to the pandemic.

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All issued passes will be extended to the end of May 2021. However, if at this time you would rather receive refund for the unused portion of your pass, please contact James to process your request. Complimentary passes are not redeemable for cash (these are the ones with “C” punched out on the pass).

We will update everyone once we have news about January 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and may we meet again,

Apollo Badminton

Season Cancellation

On 15 March 2020 the City of Calgary has declared a State of Local Emergency due to the outbreak of Covid-19. We’ve also confirmed the school board has cancelled all facility rental bookings. As such, Apollo Badminton sessions will be cancelled indefinitely including 17 March 2020. We are working with the City to confirm the duration of our cancellation. We will follow closely for any update as the situation develops.

While this may be disappointing news for many of our participants, we support the City and its decision to cancel rental bookings to limit the spread of the disease and limit exposure. We recognize this cancellation may take away one of the few remaining social outlets and sense of routine for our participants, but it is important that we all do our small part to practice social distancing for the sake of public health. The physical health and mental well-being of our participants and their loved ones are of our highest priorities. We encourage you to reach out and support your friends and loved ones, virtually, at this difficult time.

All complimentary and purchased passes issued this season (2019-2020) will be extended to the end of December 2020.

Keep well,

James W.
Apollo Badminton