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Pick your teams for 'pickleball'

SPORTS fans in Paisley are being invited to get themselves in a pickle.

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One of the fastest-growing sports in America, named after a boisterous dog, is coming to Renfrewshire.

And on Saturday there is the chance to try out taster sessions of 'pickleball' at the Lagoon Leisure Centre.

Pickleball is a racket sport for two or four players combining the features of badminton and tennis.

The game is played on a badminton court using a net but has rules similar to tennis.

Players use a solid bat or paddle to hit a small plastic ball back and forth across the net.

The game was invented by a US politician, Joel Pritchard in 1965.

His family were bored and he tried to set up a badminton game, but couldn't find a shuttlecock.

Instead, he lowered the net, made bats from plywood he found lying in a shed and used them to hit a plastic ball to each other over the net.

The unusual name for the game came from the family dog, Pickles, who continually disrupted their games by chasing after the ball.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, which runs sports and leisure centres locally, said: "Pickleball might have been invented as a backyard game, but over the years it has become an organised sport in America.

"It has become popular with both adults and children as it is a fun game for players of all skill levels.

"We're always looking for new and unusual sports and games to introduce to our facilities, giving a wider choice of activities for our customers."

Anyone interested in the pickleball taster sessions, or booking a court to play the game from April at the Lagoon, Johnstone Sports Hub, Erskine and Renfrew sports centres and the On-X, in Linwood, should log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com

vivienne.nicoll@eveningtimes.co.uk

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