Tennis Yukon is a non-profit society providing year-round programming to develop and promote tennis for all ages and abilities. Tennis is an activity with documented physical and social benefits that may be enjoyed throughout a lifetime, a true “sport for life.” In Whitehorse for example, we have players ranging from 3-75. Tennis Yukon delivers group and individual lessons to all ages and abilities with Tennis Canada certified instructors.
Accessible and available
Participation or membership is available to everyone in the community. Tennis Yukon manages the Mt Mac courts with a season pass system available to everyone, including price discounts for seniors, students, juniors, and families.
With the possibility of improving access to the courts at the north gate, it is hoped to provide programming for limited mobility/wheelchair players.
For several years Tennis Yukon hosted multi-sport day camps in the summers. In addition, Tennis Yukon provides school programming, reaching hundreds of students. Tennis Yukon has delivered programs at Holy Family, Christ the King, Whitehorse Elementary, Jack Hulland, Elijah Smith, and Ecole Emilie Tremblay. We have provided equipment for programs at FH Collins Secondary School and for programs at the Mt Mac courts for École Émilie Tremblay and Porter Creek Secondary School.
Tennis Yukon is committed to community partnerships and activities that increase the accessibility of tennis to everyone. Tennis Yukon is pleased to have partnered with the City of Whitehorse, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Bethany Church, Mt. Lorne Community Association, Mayo, Girl Guides, Mountain View Golf Course, Yukon Soccer Association, Boréale Mountain Biking, and the Marsh Lake Community Centre to introduce tennis to hundreds of kids.
The only tennis facility in Whitehorse
The Mt Mac courts are the only tennis courts in Whitehorse. There are 4 courts and two backboards. From Sept – April, tennis programming is provided in school gyms and the CGC flexihall. There is no private tennis facility or organization in the Yukon.
Management of the Mt Mac Courts
The City of Whitehorse owns the Mt Mac courts. When they were built in 2000, there was never a dedicated budget for the maintenance of the Mt Mac courts. All the maintenance was through volunteer efforts. In 2011, Tennis Yukon assumed management of the courts to obtain funding for re-surfacing. As manager of the Mt Mac courts, Tennis Yukon is committed to responsibly taking care of them to keep them in good condition. Proceeds from season passes and drop-in fees go ONLY to care and maintenance of the Mt Mac courts. This player-supported contribution system was decided upon after researching other outdoor facilities across Canada and several public meetings. The objective is to maintain this important recreational asset so it is available for years to come for the community.
Tennis Yukon is in good standing with Corporate Affairs, having annually submitted required reports and financials.
Tennis Yukon hosts an annual challenge tournament with Juneau in the summer. The Capital Cup was re-started in 2008 and has run every year since (until canceled in 2020 for COVID-19). This usually brings 20-30 Juneau residents to Whitehorse for a weekend of tennis and socializing.
In addition, Tennis Yukon hosts a territorial championship annually. This has several divisions, adult and junior, and usually has about 40 participants.
Non-profit society run by volunteers
Tennis Yukon is a non-profit society with a volunteer board. Care and maintenance of the Mt Mac courts, including crack repair, windscreens, and nets are all done on a volunteer basis. Only the coaches are paid.