|Summary||The Pickleball Group will meet on Monday & Friday 10-12|
|Venue||Ladybridge Park Residents' Social Club in Edenbridge Road, Cheadle Hulme , SK8 5PX|
|Contact||Julie Suckling - Telephone details are in the paper/email copy of the newsletter|
|email@example.com with 'U3A Pickleball Enquiry' as the subject|
|Overview upto 2021
Pickleball is a relatively new sport designed to give moderate exercise with a little competition. It is often described as a cross between badminton, tennis and table tennis. It is played on a badminton court with a light plastic ball and plastic paddles like oversized table tennis bats. The rules are specifically designed to limit aggression and powerplay and to encourage placement, positioning and tactics. To see it played either google it or go to YouTube and enter pickleball in the search box. Previous experience is not needed - we are all beginners - and all necessary explanation and help will be given to new members. As a group we enjoy the competition involved in the game but not at the expense of fun and enjoyment.
Bramhall's Fab Four
Four of Bramhall u3a's regular pickleball players successfully completed their Pickleball Leaders' training recently. The qualification is provided by the National Association Pickleball England. It gives the players the skills to help new groups get started, to learn the rules and to understand basic playing strategies so that newcomers to the sport can enjoy themselves from the beginning. The four new Leaders pictured below (L to R: John Bramich, Steve Goodall, Jackie Latham and Phil Kay) can now offer assistance to local groups as they set themselves up and grow. It is unusual for one club to provide four successful candidates from one course and Bramhall u3a is proud of their achievement.
2021 Report: View
The Pickleball Group continued to play outdoors at Bramhall Park Lawn Tennis Club throughout the year, when Covid regulations permitted.
Several new members have joined this year as the sport continues to become better known.
We run sessions for 6 people at a time most mornings, and occasional afternoons, every week.
We intend to continue with outdoor play and BPLTC have established an Associate Pickleball Membership for U3A players, giving us access to the clubhouse and security of venue.
2020 Report: View
The Pickleball Group continued to thrive in 2020, despite the Covid
Indoor play was suspended in March, but we adapted to playing the game
outdoors. With the help of Bramhall Park Lawn Tennis Club, who kindly agreed to let us play on an unused hard surface tennis court suitably re-lined for
Pickleball, we were up and running again in July and a good number of the group felt able to take part.
Strictly adhering to the social distancing rules, we ran sessions for 6
people at a time most mornings, and occasional afternoons, every week.
This continued despite the rain and cold weather until the end of the
year, apart for a short break for the November lock down.
We intend to resume outdoor play, weather permitting, as soon as
2019 Report: View
Pickleball continues to be popular with a membership approaching 30 and the regular twice weekly sessions attracting a dozen or more players keen to improve their skills and enjoy some competition. One highlight this year was the success of Peter McWhirter who, less than a year after starting playing, became English National Singles Champion in the seniors category. He also won medals in mens doubles and mixed doubles. During the year we were happy to welcome back Elaine Shallcross, Regional Director for North West Pickleball, who ran a successful skills improvement workshop. We continue to receive expressions of interest from new members and are in the process of introducing them to the game and integrating them into the group.
This document last modified Wednesday March 02, 2022
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