If you fancy trying a new sport, head down to Berkhamsted Leisure Centre and try one of the free Saturday and Thursday pickleball sessions run by West Herts Wizards.
Join in the fun and find out what staying out of the ‘kitchen’ means in this enjoyable sport for all ages and all abilities.
Pickleball is a fast-growing racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. In the US, there are now 5 million pickleball players. The club tells us that it’s an easy sport to learn, with no previous racquet sport experience necessary.
They told us: ‘Pickleball is a great way to meet other people, it will keep you fit and active, whatever your age, and you’ll be amazed how quickly you pick up the basics. The rules are simple and it can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive sport once you become experienced.’
Pickleball is played indoors and the club is growing fast with 50-plus members. The sessions are all-inclusive for all ages and all abilities and are organised by experienced club leaders.
Free taster sessions are held on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-3pm. There’s no need to book, equipment is provided – just turn up in your sports gear and indoor sports shoes.
The game is played on a smaller court than tennis, and six members have trained as Pickleball Leaders through Pickleball England, and will be going into local schools after Christmas to introduce the sport to the younger generation.
Club members went to the Pickleball English Nationals in Bolton recently and came back with four bronze medals.