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Fancy learning and playing Pickleball with Sevenoaks u3a?

Pickleball is a relatively new ball sport in the UK. It fosters mobility, fitness and good health; it can be competitive .. and is always fun!

Pickleball was developed in the US and is played either indoors or outdoors as singles or doubles. It’s played on a court similar in size and markings to a badminton court but players often use an actual badminton court or mark out pickleball lines on a tennis court. Players hit a light plastic ball across a net which is similar in height to a tennis net using lightweight “paddles" roughly double the size of table tennis bats.

The rules have been evolved to limit aggressive play and to encourage position and tactics above strength and power. This makes the game perfectly suited to any age group but particularly for older players since it can be learned quickly, games last minutes rather than hours and skill is the winning weapon.  It is most suited to people who have played racquet sports or table tennis.

We have a new member who would like to set up a Pickleball group for Sevenoaks u3a. If you would like to find out more about this interesting new game, please click on the link below.

For a quick intro to the game - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTvPYdKZqO0

For more information - From the u3a national website https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/subjects/pickleball

This longer and more detailed video also discusses scoring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vk-c8TdC28

If you are interested in joining the group, wish to find out more and/or would like to try playing Pickleball, please get in touch with Sue Christy, in the first instance, at groupdev@sevenoaksu3a.org.uk and she will give you the contact details of the lady wanting to start up the group, June Hitchcock.

 Pickleball - a new way to be active with Sevenoaks u3a!