Pickleball is coming to Bushey

December 5, 20180

Hertsmere residents who are looking to get active have a unique opportunity to try a new, fast growing sport at a taster session.

The Pickleball sessions will be taking place at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre on Aldenham Road between 1-2pm starting on Thursday 10 January for six weeks and are aimed at older adults.

The game of Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island in Washington and is similar to tennis and badminton, but instead of traditional racquets, players hit a ball over a net using paddles made from plywood.   The game is named after the Pickle boats familiar to English yachting.  The court on which the game is played is similar to a badminton court and measures 20ftx44ft, while the ball is served under arm from behind the baseline.

Point scoring is similar to tennis and play ends when one side commits a fault, such as hitting the ball into the net.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “This is a unique opportunity for Hertsmere residents to have a go at a new sport or for those who would like to lead a more active lifestyle to try a game that is good, healthy fun and easy to understand.

“If you are looking for an activity that gets you moving, but isn’t too physically tiring, then Pickleball may be the perfect sport for you.”

Sessions cost just £3.50 and can be booked at reception or by calling 01923 470140.

To view a video on Pickleball, visit https://binged.it/2IattSm.

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