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. We didn't realise at the time that this would be a life-changing moment! Although we were initially sceptical as we loved our tennis, those of you who already play will not be surprised to find that we had so much fun 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 years of online selling and have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with so many wonderful people from all over the UK and Europe. I'm a proud founder member and Treasurer of South London Area Pickleball (SLAP) which was the first pickleball club inside the M25 (https://www.facebook.com/SLAPpickleball) and am a committee member of the PEC (Pickleball Events Committee) which organises the annual Young Player Championship and Pickleball Festival at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.
My mission was and still is to help to grow this wonderful sport, particularly within the UK, and to offer players the widest possible choice of equipment. I now have great paddles at every price point to suit any budget and work with the most respected manufacturers in the game. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any advice and/or information about paddles and how and where to play and even if you are not buying from me I'm always happy to talk about pickleball.