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New Pickleball courts open in South Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 15:05 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:51 17 July 2018

Players in action at the opening of the new Pickleball courts in East Bergholt. Picture: TOM MADDAMS

Players in action at the opening of the new Pickleball courts in East Bergholt. Picture: TOM MADDAMS

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The first facility of its kind in the county for a fast-growing new sport has been opened in Suffolk.

Players in action at the opening of the new Pickleball courts in East Bergholt. Picture: SUE NICOLPlayers in action at the opening of the new Pickleball courts in East Bergholt. Picture: SUE NICOL

South Suffolk Pickleball Club unveiled their four new courts in Capel St Mary earlier this month, giving locals a place to play the sport – which is a cross between tennis, badminton and table tennis.

The club was founded after chairman Sue Nicol discovered Pickleball on holiday and started a club on her return – now it’s 40-members strong, with ages ranging from 16 to 72-years-old.

And the new courts are not only the first in Suffolk, but also among the first in the country – only six or seven outdoor facilities are thought to exist in the UK.

Nicol said: “Pickleball is the fastest-growing racquet sport in North America but is still in its infancy in the UK, although it is rapidly gaining in popularity. The beauty of this game is that all ages can play together.”

Visit www.southsuffolkpickleball.co.uk for more information.

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