Welcome to Pickleball.
The name might sound funny but there is nothing funny about it except the fun that is had playing the game. It was invented in Washington in 1965 and has become the fastest growing sport in the U.S. It combines elements of Badminton Tennis and Table Tennis and uses modified tennis rules. The court it is played on is similar to a Badminton court except with a lower net. A Paddle is used instead of a racket and a perforated ball is used which makes it a very suitable game for those who no longer want post game shoulder and back pain.
Originally designed for an older age group it has now also become very attractive to younger age groups. As a form of exercise it ticks all the boxes and makes for a great social outlet. Studies and research into staying well physically and mentally all point to exercise and staying connected with community as the most important factors to better health. Pickleball delivers on all of these.
You may have already heard about this strangely named game in Castlegregory. In fact we have been playing the game since last May. Initially in the yard of our local Mean Scoil thanks to the principal and now due to the darker evenings in the West End Hall. The game is very new to this part of the country although it is quite popular in the north west. Castlegregorys Slainte Seniors were the first club in the county to introduce this game to its members and it is hoped other clubs around the county will follow suit. We acknowledge the support of Kerry County Council through the Community Support Fund for allocating 500 euro to help make our Pickleball project a reality. Slainte Seniors also offer weekly exercise Monday morning two walks on a Tuesday outings to the Cinema to the Theatre various outings and nights away during the year as well as supporting each other and the community.
We play in the West End Hall every Monday night at 7.30 and Friday morning at 10.00am. This game may be just what you need to get you out among the people and exercising or just to have a bit of fun. Pickleball is open to everybody over 55 years who would like to give it a go and we welcome you all to join us Monday’s and Friday’s
Pickle Ball Workshop December 9th
Pickleball in Kerry.
Pickle Ball Ireland travelled to Tralee to run a coaching course for Pickleball instructors. Some of those attending will go on to introduce the sport to various sports centres around the county, while others now have the ability and confidence to teach the basics of the sport to newcomers to their clubs. A very positive development for the sport and something we hope other County Sports Partnerships will replicate.
A big thank you to Cora Carrig from Kerry Sports Partnership for recognizing the potential for this sport to the entire community and for bringing Pickleball Ireland in to run such a significant event. Also thank you to Debbie Quirke for putting a well run event together.