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Pickleball shows no signs of slowing down in Newcastle

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It’s already been described as one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.

Now, pickleball is taking it up a notch at Newcastle, too, by integrating it into school curriculums in the Hunter.

Several local educational institutions have begun utilising the Broadmeadow facility for their PE and elective programs.

And, they’re designed to offer students a unique, engaging and active learning experience.

The pickleball complex at Broadmeadow.

Under the guidance of certified level 2 coach Tony Morgan, the pupils are developing skills, enhancing their physical fitness and fostering a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

The mentor is renowned for his expertise and dedication to nurturing young talent.

“Newcastle presents a fantastic opportunity to be the state hub with its central position along the eastern coastline,” Morgan said.

“We also have long-term plans to form the largest Pickleball Academy in NSW.

“Who knows, we might unveil the next big thing?”

Pickleball’s latest collaboration with various schools is already reaping the benefits.

One of which is the St Laurence Flexible Learning Centre in Newcastle.

Student Josh highlighted the significant impact pickleball has had on his school and social life, as well as his general wellbeing.

“I was first introduced to it after hearing about it from my dad,” he said.

“Having grown up playing tennis, the transition was intriguing.

“Choosing pickleball as an elective at the beginning of this year was an easy decision due to my background in tennis.

“Playing with people I know, especially having a friendly rivalry with a staff member, really encouraged me to play my best and drastically increased my enjoyment of the game.”

He also noted improvements in his coordination and agility.

“They’re vital skills that translate well beyond the pickleball court,” Josh said.

“I’ve noticed a development in my reaction time.

“It’s encouraging to see that I can now make shots I previously missed.”

The Discover Pickleball Academy plans to be more than just a sports centre.

It’s a community where students like Josh find joy and a supportive environment.

“No matter if it’s your first time playing or if you are one of the best players in the school, you will have fun,” he explained.

And, with a visionary coach like Morgan and a dedicated community of schools and players, Discover Pickleball Academy, backed by the community-based support networks of PAG, will revel as a central hub for youth development in the sport.

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