New pickleball program kicks off in Wellington, FL

Wellington pickleball
Wellington had a pickleball grand opening celebration at the Neil S. Hirsch Boys and Girls Club in Wellington recently with officials from the village and Boys & Girls Club. (Liz Nunez/Courtesy)

The sport with a funny name had a grand opening celebration at the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club in Wellington recently.

About 30 residents, city officials and others took part in the ceremony to celebrate the new pickleball program at the club, 1080 Wellington Trace. The new indoor pickleball program will allow residents to play inside the gymnasium before after-school programming.

Wellington continues to offer outdoor pickleball at the courts in the uncovered hockey rink inside Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road).

Wellington pickleball
Wellington held a Pickleball grand opening celebration at the Neil S. Hirsch Boys and Girls Club in Wellington recently. (Liz Nunez/Courtesy)

The pickleball courts are open during the following days and times:

Boys & Girls Club from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon;

Village Park on Tuesday and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Participants should bring their own paddles because equipment is limited.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines the elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net.
Wellington pickleball

Mayor Anne Gerwig and Councilman John T. McGovern play pickleball at the new court. (Liz Nunez/Courtesy)

“Pickleball is a hit in Wellington, and these new pickleball courts are a great addition to our community,” said village spokeswoman Liz Nunez. “It’s a win-win for everyone; children at the Boys & Girls Club will now have access to this fun sport, and residents will enjoy the option of playing indoors, no matter the season.”

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