Feeling stuck in a fitness rut? We totally understand. Going to the gym can get repetitive, especially when you have no idea what you’re doing on those strange weight machines. But fear not, because there’s a new sporting trend in Australia that’s worth checking out and it’s called pickleball!
Pickleball is taking the country by storm and is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. According to the Pickleball Australia Association (PAA), there are approximately 25,000 people playing across the country, with a significant number of players in Victoria.
So, what exactly is pickleball? It’s a bit like tennis, but with a twist. Two to four players use small paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. The goal is to keep the ball in play until the opposing team can’t return it or makes a mistake. The court is smaller than a tennis court, making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor play. This unique sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
In Victoria, pickleball is gaining popularity at an incredible rate. Pickleball Victoria reports that there are now 28 centers in Melbourne alone, with an additional 16 locations across regional Victoria where you can join in on the fun.
One of the reasons pickleball has become so popular is its accessibility. It’s easy to learn, social, and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re a kid, an older adult, or someone with a disability, pickleball welcomes players of all ages and abilities.
During the pandemic, many people turned to pickleball as a way to stay active while maintaining physical distance. It became a favorite among new generations looking for a fun and engaging sport.
If you’re eager to give pickleball a try, head over to Pickleball Victoria’s website to find your nearest pickleball center. And while you’re at it, why not explore other ways to stay active in Melbourne? Check out the best running clubs or discover the top day hikes in the area. If dancing is more your style, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best places to learn to dance in Melbourne.
So, grab a paddle and get ready to have a ball with pickleball!