Q. What do you get if you cross badminton, tennis and table tennis? A. Pickleball - the fastest growing racquet sport

Pickleball, the fastest growing racquet sport in Europe, is coming to Letchworth with a new club starting on 24 November.

Pickleball is played on a badminton court, with a net similar to those used in tennis and using table-tennis style bats. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The new club follows a successful trial session earlier this month, which saw close to 40 people take part. Active Letchworth is now supporting two volunteers to create a club in the town.

Helen Newman, Active Letchworth Partnership Lead said: “Pickleball is a sport that can be played by all ages and a variety of different skill levels, so I was excited when I was approached to bring an open day to Letchworth. The session proved very popular, and I’m looking forward to supporting the community in creating a more regular club in the town.”

The new club in Letchworth will start on Friday 24 November, between 10am and 12pm at North Herts Leisure Centre. There will also be an evening group taking place with a day and time to be confirmed in the near future.

Each session costs £2 on a pay-as-you-play basis, will all the equipment supplied and instructors available at the sessions to help teaching the rules and techniques of the game.

To find out more about Pickleball, visit pickleball.org.uk or you can get in touch on 01462 476048 for more information on the Letchworth sessions.