Pickleball is growing quickly in Midlothian

Monday April 22nd 2024


Pickleball players at the Lasswade Centre.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

With 40 people coming along to a free family pickleball session during the Easter holidays at the Lasswade Centre and a waiting list to join Ageing Well games for people aged 50 and over, is this fun racquet sport becoming the fastest growing activity in Midlothian?

Midlothian Active Schools teams and their sport and leisure colleagues are certainly working hard to open up the sport, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, to as many local people as possible.

Pickleball is a racket or paddle sport in which two players or four players hit a perforated, hollow plastic ball with paddles over a 34-inch-high net until one side is unable to return the ball or commits a rule infraction. Pickleball is played indoors and outdoors.

If you just fancy a game with friends, you can hire a court at the Lasswade Centre and Newbattle Community Campus. As an introductory offer, equipment hire is free of charge when you book.

You can also play at the Glencorse Centre, Roslin Pavilion (Roslin Rhino’s) and pickleball is coming soon to Beeslack Community High School.

Watch out too for the next Active Schools flyer for opportunities for school age children after school at the Lasswade Centre.

All local schools will also be offered training and support and options are being explored to find funding for equipment.

Additional volunteer coaches will be needed for in and out of school opportunities for young people. If you would like to volunteer email activeschools@midlothian.gov.uk

Meanwhile, if you are aged 50 and over, Ageing Well pickleball sessions run on Tuesdays, 5.30pm-7.45pm at the Lasswade Centre and Thursdays, 12pm – 1.30pm at Gorebridge Leisure Centre. To join the waiting lists contact Vivian Wallace, the Ageing Well Coordinator, on 07825 356478.

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