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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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Pickleball making a great start

We have had three full sessions and the group have made a great start to this exciting game. We are beginning to get to grips with its rules and strategies mainly thanks to our coach, Chris Garne, and the enthusiastic participants.

The courts are booked for every Thursday in September from 2pm to 4pm.

The junior holiday activities take precedence in the hall during August but we are hoping to book some evening or weekend sessions to keep our momentum going.

Members will be informed.

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

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