Sheila Woodward


Pickleball is a sport played with a hard “paddle” and a hard, hollow plastic ball with air holes in it. The game combines elements from badminton, tennis, and table tennis and is played on a court with the same measurements as badminton doubles, but with the net slightly lower than a tennis net.

Even though Pickleball is like tennis, there are important differences that make Pickleball more accessible for seniors:

  • Speed of the ball. A Pickleball ball travels at about a third of the average speed of a tennis ball.
  • Size of the court. The court is about a third of the total area of a tennis court.
  • The serve must be underarm.
  • There is a “no smash area” called the “Kitchen” either side of the net. Players are not allowed to smash the ball when their feet are in the Kitchen or if their feet follow through into the Kitchen after the smash

The sessions are on Friday at Monmouth Leisure Centre There will be 2 one hour sessions per week: The first at 5:00pm-6:00pm and the second at 6:00pm-7:00pm. The sessions will usually follow the same format:

  • Up to 30 minutes of specific practice drills
  • The remaining time to be used for games. The games will be run on a timed basis to ensure that everyone gets a fair amount of time on court

Please contact the convener for further information, or if you would like to join the Pickleball group.

Day: Friday
Time: Session A 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Session B 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Monmouth Leisure Centre

Accessibility at Bridges Centre

Members’ monthly meetings are held at Bridges Community Centre, Drybridge Park. Some group meetings and activities also take place at Bridges. Off street parking is available here outside the building, and disabled parking is adjacent to the building entrance. There are no external steps or slopes, and the entrance doors are automatic. The ground floor is fully accessible and level throughout, and there is space for wheelchairs. There is a lift to the first floor, and accessible toilets on both floors. There is a hearing induction system in the Agincourt room where the monthly meetings are held.

Accessibility at Ty Price

Some group activities and meetings are held at Ty Price, St Thomas Community Hall, St Thomas’s Square. There is no off street parking here. The approach on foot is a gentle slope to double entrance doors. The ground floor of the building is fully accessible and there is a disabled toilet. The stairs to the first floor are wide and well-lit with a handrail on both sides, but there is no lift. There is a hearing induction system on the ground floor.

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