Boost for fans of Pickleball in Alyth

Fans of Pickleball in Alyth are getting a boost thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

Strathmore Pickleball, which was set up last year and meets every Thursday evening at the Airlie Street Hall, has been awarded £2000 to buy new equipment and pay for the hire of the Hall for six months.  

Club organiser Nicola Carrie (pictured above) said:  “Pickleball is a fun game to play that everyone can do. It is a very social game where people can meet others and hopefully make new friends. This grant will help us introduce pickleball to more people.

“Being a relatively new game – invented in the 1960s – that a lot of people don’t know about, we’re hoping to get different people to come and try it out, not just people who already play sports,” she added.

Pickleball is a mix of badminton, table tennis and tennis, played on a badminton court with a low net using paddles and a plastic ‘airflow’ ball.  It can be played inside or outside with different balls. The game is the fastest growing sport in America and when it is played in doubles it is a good game for everyone to play, even people with mobility issues.

Nicola said:  “So far we have been borrowing a net and paddles from Tennis Scotland, but new equipment will make us more reliant and better able to accommodate more people.”

As well as its regular weekly sessions, the Club is also running free ‘Come & Try’ sessions in Alyth Primary School hall on Tuesdays from 16 April – contact strathmorepickleballscot@gmail.com for more information, and get all the latest news from the Club’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556617723008

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

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