Coaching session with Pickleball Scotland

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the world.  It is a central net, rebound game played with a ball and paddle (like a hard racket) and was invented over 50 years ago by a family in the USA. Pickleball is played on a court very similar to badminton and uses elements of racket skills from tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis.  However this game is unique – for one reason, no other sport has a ‘kitchen’ in the middle of the court!  The rules and scoring system also mean that pickleball is much more accessible by the young and not-so-young, making this a fantastic family activity for everyone to enjoy.



Pickleball with Duns & District u3a

We are a friendly group of women and men who meet in the sports hall of Berwickshire High School, Duns on a Thurs evening from 6-7pm. Bring comfy trainer type shoes to change into and clothing you can move freely in. No need to worry about paddles or balls as we have plenty to spare. The link below explains the rules and how to play but we are a very relaxed group. We do have a mix of beginners and more experienced players and welcome all abilities to join the fun.



In April 2022 our u3a Pickleball group had a very special treat!
We were lucky enough to have a two hour extra training session on a Saturday afternoon which was just fantastic.
We were delighted to welcome Mhairi Adam Chair of Pickleball Scotland, Professor Nanette Mutrie (MBE) – head of Education and Training, Pickleball Scotland and Sheena McDonald – retired PE teacher/previous international squash player.
All three have been playing pickleball for a number of years and they were so generous with their time, coaching and encouragement that we had a wonderful afternoon.
We were also thrilled when they announced that our Group Leader Pat Harrower has been appointed as a Pickleball Ambassador for Scotland!

Happy people play pickleball !

Group Leader: Pat Harrower

Meeting day/time: Weekly, Thursdays 6-7pm

Venue: Berwickshire High School

Start date for 2023 : 19.01.23 Last session 23rd of March

2 thoughts on “Pickleball

  1. Trying to set up a Pickleball Group in Wokingham u3a.
    Our sports facility has no Pickleball nets We don’t have funds to buy nets at the outset of this exercise. Did your sports facility provide Pickleball nets, or did you buy your own, or do you play wit badminton nets?


    1. Hello there. My apologies for slow reply but I was away for the weekend and was unable to access your message on my iPhone.
      Our Pickleball group plays in our local high school using their badminton lines and nets. Our members have purchased their own paddles and the group leader already had a supply of balls.
      I hope that helps and wish you lots of luck setting up your group.
      Best wishes
      Val – Group coordinator (and somehow currently the website bod!)


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