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Newcastle’s largest pickleball facility opens in Broadmeadow

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In a significant boost to Newcastle’s sporting landscape, Broadmeadow now boasts the city’s largest dedicated pickleball facility.

The new hub, already equipped with eight courts and expanding to 10, is set to be a game-changer for enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Pickleball, a fusion of tennis, badminton and table tennis, has rapidly gained popularity in Australia, following a trend that has seen it become a phenomenon in the United States.

With its easy-to-learn yet skilful play, it’s no wonder the sport’s captured the hearts of millions.

The Broadmeadow facility, unique in its dedication to pickleball, offers a much-needed space for players who previously had to contend with multi-purpose areas.

“Our ambition extends beyond just offering courts; we’re in the process of cultivating a vibrant community centred around pickleball, thanks to the support and partnership of PAG,” a spokesperson said.

“PAG’s involvement is instrumental in fuelling ‘pickle’ down under and, together, we’re committed to making this facility a pivotal element in Newcastle’s sporting scene.

“Moreover, we’re excited about PAG’s initiative to introduce Padel to the city, further enriching our sports offerings and engaging more people in these dynamic, social sports.”

January’s inaugural tournament at Broadmeadow was a resounding success, drawing in more than 80 players, showcasing the sport’s appeal in the region.

It also signalled a bright future for pickleball in Newcastle.

Further enhancing the offerings at the facility, Tony Morgan, a local legend, has joined as the head coach.

Renowned for his expertise and passion, he’ll not only lead regular sessions but also play a pivotal role in the strategic plan to advance pickleball in Newcastle.

“He is set to develop various academies aimed at nurturing the competitive spirit of the sport,” the spokesperson said.

“His vision and leadership are geared towards helping more local players reach competitive heights.

“This initiative highlights our commitment to raising the standard of pickleball in the region and providing pathways for talent to achieve national and, potentially, international success.”

To welcome new players and further encourage community participation, the facility has launched the Pickleball Intro School.

Priced at $36 for three lessons, it’s designed to make the sport accessible to a broader audience.

Additionally, in an effort to foster family involvement and enjoyment of pickleball, Broadmeadow is opening up its courts on Saturdays (27 January and 3 February) from 1pm to 3pm.

During these family sessions, both kids and parents can play for free, providing a wonderful opportunity for bonding and introducing the sport to younger generations.

“As the facility gears up for the completion of its additional courts, the anticipation among the pickleball community is palpable,” the spokesperson said.

“The Broadmeadow venue is more than just a sports facility.

“It’s a new chapter in Newcastle’s sporting narrative, one that embraces diversity, inclusivity and the joy of play.”

For more information about the facility, to book a court or to enrol in the Pickleball Intro School, visit the website at www.discoverpickleball.com.au.

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