Two women playing pickleball, one serving

Pickleball is a fun and unique racquet sport, loved by everyone who tries it!

Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and shares features with many other sports, for example the layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis.

The pickleball court is similar to a doubles badminton court. The actual size of the court is 20×44 feet for both doubles and singles. The net is hung at 36 inches on the ends, and 34 inches at centre.

Pickleball is unique in being easy for beginners to learn, but equally moving quickly in to a fast-paced, competitive game. It can be played in a doubles or singles set-up and requires minimal equipment.

Health Benefits

“If you want to stave off death for as long as possible, you might want to reach for a tennis racquet,” The Guardian recently reported. With so many similarities to tennis and badminton, Pickleball shares the associated health benefits.

Research carried out by Oxford University studied over 80,000 people and found that racquet sports, such as Pickleball, were more effective in reducing mortality rates than activities such as walking and football.

The Telegraph reported that “scientists say the difference may lie in the social aspect which goes alongside sports like tennis and squash, which often involve clubs and organised activities outside of the game”. Additionally, Pickleball is not affected by seasonality and can be played all year round on an indoor court.

Pickleball is most definitely a social sport, with many participants forming their own clubs and leagues: there are numerous opportunities to play throughout the week in Shepway.

Getting Started

Pickleball requires very little equipment. For those who get more involved in the sport, there is the option to purchase your own paddle, however most clubs and sessions will provide these for you. Shepway Sports Trust Pickleball sessions include all equipment and are suitable for any level. Just bring yourself, some suitable footwear, a bottle of water and an appetite for fun!