2020 Herts Pickleball Festival
BaD organised the 2020 Herts Pickleball Festival on March 14 and faced a tricky decision whether to cancel or proceed in view of the developing coronavirus situation at the time. The event was a big success, enjoyed by all attendees and turned out to be the last big UK Pickleball event of 2020.
The American way
Club members gathered at the end of November 2019 for some friendly competition in an “American” Tournament. This consisted of 5 rounds of mixed doubles and 5 rounds of gender doubles.
The random nature of the format produced some “interesting” pairings and lots of exciting play, enjoyed by all participants. Although fun was the primary aim, trophies were presented to the players who amassed the most points across the rounds.
BaD players shine at the English Open
A team of 22 players from the club attended this fantastic event in Nottingham in 2019 – and came away with a clutch of medals, including golds!
The three-day event consisted of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
The winners included:
Nick Pomery Silver in the mens singles 50 to 60 age group
Diane Derrick and Pam Stoten Gold in the ladies doubles, 60 to 70 age group
Pam and David Stoten Gold in the mixed doubles, 60 to 65 age group
Christine Neyndorff and Ceri Why Bronze in the Ladies doubles, 60 to 70 age
John and Linda Shanley Gold in the mixed doubles, 65 to 70 age group
Christine Neyndorff and Rick Kirby Bronze in the mixed doubles, 65 to 70 age group
Tina Hughes Nickel medal for the highest scoring pair playing in the age group below (she played in the 19 –59 age group and is 59 !)
Mike Varney and Liz Batty Nickel medal for the highest scoring pair playing in a lower age group. (they played in the 65 – 70 age group instead of the 70 to 75 age group)
John Shanley Silver in the men’s doubles in the 65 to 70 age group
CONGRATULATIONS to all those who took part
Sport England grant
We are excited that Sport England have given us a grant award to develop pickleball in Hertfordshire. We are looking forward to implementing the award and believe we are the first successful pickleball related grant award from Sport England.