Beaudesert pickleball to start at the showgrounds tonight

IN A PICKLE: Kay and Ron Andrews joined locals at the Beaudesert Tennis Club in November to have a go at pickleball . Photo: Larraine Sathicq
IN A PICKLE: Kay and Ron Andrews joined locals at the Beaudesert Tennis Club in November to have a go at pickleball . Photo: Larraine Sathicq

After a come-and-try event at the Beaudesert Tennis courts in November, pickleball enthusiasts can now enjoy a regular game at the Beaudesert Showground.

Pickleball Beaudesert co-ordinator Wayne Jackson said the response from the trial last year was phenomenal and while the showgrounds' Teese building would only be a temporary arrangement, it would be a start.

"We can only fit three courts at the showgrounds and we'll need more," he said.

"We will have games from 6.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday nights and from 7am to 9am on Saturday mornings."

Mr Jackson said there was no need to register and they were not taking memberships until a local club was established.

"This is good for us to make a start and then we'll see what happens," he said.

Pickleball is a fast-growing sport which combines elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton.

Played with a paddle and perforated ball, it is popular among the elderly and those with injuries because of the low-impact nature of game play.

Organisers said there was also the possibility of the sport starting up in Boonah.