How I started to play the fun, fast-moving sport with the funny name!
Mike and I were visiting friends in Arizona for a month and were playing a lot of tennis when we were introduced to pickleball. Those of you who already play will not be surprised to find that we had so much fun playing that we almost stopped playing tennis altogether and instead played pickleball for the remainder of our holiday. We bought paddles and balls for ourselves and returned to England determined to continue playing. We found that Leisure Centres were unwilling to allow us to play on the badminton courts at first (because they had not heard of the sport) but by simply booking a court without mentioning pickleball we were able to lower the net and get cracking and soon amassed a following. Sadly, a fractured elbow put paid to me playing for a while. I was also made redundant around the same time and following advice to do what I enjoyed and because there were no UK based suppliers I decided to invest and start selling pickleball equipment.
I have learned a lot in my first two years of on-line selling and have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with so many wonderful people from all over the UK. I am playing again and am a proud member and Treasurer of South London Area Pickleball (SLAP) which is the first pickleball club inside the M25 (https://www.facebook.com/SLAPpickleball) and also a member of the Runnymede Royals Pickleball Club. I was also approached by a local boarding school and became a pickleball coach one night a week with my own official whistle!
I would love to help to grow this wonderful sport within the UK and invite anyone to contact me for any advice and/or information about paddles and how and where to play, even if you are not buying from me I'm always happy to talk about pickleball.