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Pickleball

During the structural work and changes at Hucknall Leisure Centre courts have been booked at the Kirkby in Ashfield (Festival Hall) Leisure Centre on: Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm. Please note the change of times from our previous 2pm start.

Several members acted as an advance party and played our first session since early March 2020 on the 20th May, 2021. Covid protocols are in place which restrict each court to a ‘bubble ‘of 6 players. This worked well on the first visit.

Location: Hodgkinson Road Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 7DJ

David and Terry

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Pickleball

The first meeting of 2020 is on Thursday January 16th 2.00 to 4.00 pm at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

If any members wish to ‘have a go’ they are most welcome to a free first taster session any Thursday afternoon.

To contact David Rose, the group leader, please use the form below:-

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Pickleball

Is Hucknall U3A unique in having the only Pickleball Interest Group in the UK? The players were introduced to the game by member Chris Garner who flies south to Florida for the winter. There the game is hugely popular with retirees, who mostly play outdoors. It is overtaking tennis in popularity as it is more suited to those whose most athletic years have passed and it’s a game that relies on touch and tactics and where raw power is largely negated. In the US there are tournaments in most states and the game is played by all ages, with professional coaches working from beginner to elite level. A Pickleball court has almost the same dimensions as a badminton court so many sports halls could offer this game. The net is set at 36 inches and players use a paddle (like a table-tennis bat on steroids) and an airball. The rules of the game are very simple and make for long rallies.

Pickleball

Basic equipment was bought to get the group started, but many members have now bought their own paddles. The group has 20 regular players but other members are most welcome to join us each Thursday from 2-4pm at Hucknall leisure Centre.

To contact David, the group leader, please use the form below:-

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Pickleball

The regular Thursday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 pm will continue until December, 13th, when we will hold a fun end-of-term doubles tournament.

In 2019 we restart on the 10th January.

To contact David Rose, the group leader, please use the form below:-

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Pickleball Season

Following intense, self-motivated, pre-season training throughout August, pickleball sessions start again on Thursday September, 6th, 2018 from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at the Leisure Centre.

They are then booked every Thursday throughout September, October, November and December. New players are welcome and your first taster session is ‘free’.

To contact David Rose or Chris Garner, please use the form below:-

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