My name is Michael de Groot (I'm Dutch) and I discovered Pickleball in May 2022, whilst interviewing Clinton Young (Pickleball Pro Commentator and Player), a guest on my Podcast. I had just joined, in January 2022, my local u3a in the Wyre Forest region in Worcestershire and started playing Badminton weekly.
Cut a long story short, with the assistance from pickleballEngland, we ran some Pickleball tasters for our u3a members and now we have 60+ people playing weekly at our local leisure centre, Wyre Forest Leisure, who very kindly supported us by purchasing paddles, Pickleball nets and balls.
I also deliver beginner introductory sessions Pickleball Coach and Play on a Thursday evening 6-7pm and anyone is welcome to attend. It takes at least 2 Coach and Play sessions to master Pickleball. These session are £15.00 per hour and it includes equipment, court hire costs and my coaching time.
I am a member of pickleballEngland, the official non-profit Pickleball body in England and hopefully when you stay with this sport, please register for free on their website to assist them to keep track of Pickleball player numbers. I was appointed Worcestershire County Representative at Pickleball England in February 2023, helping to set up new Pickleball activities across the county of Worcestershire and assist in growing the sport.
Pickleball in the Media
What is pickleball?
Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, over a net. All players are welcome, from those who have only recently started playing to those with a bit of experience. Watch a UK TV report. Below are some video resources (on the left) for you to familiarise yourself with how to play Pickleball and I have also included (on the right), a pro mixed doubles match with the world no. 1 female and male players, Anna-Leigh Waters and Ben Johns at the USA Nationals in 2023. As mixed doubles partners they are ranked no. 1 and they are playing against the no. 2 ranked couple, an interesting match. It's more important for your learning to see how a proper pro-match is played. The watch the videos full screen, click on 'Watch on YouTube'. Enjoy!