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Fiona Edwards, an LTA accredited tennis coach, originally set up "Shrewsbury Pickleball" in her home town in December 2021, after first playing in a fun tournament on holiday in Devon in the summer.  
 

Shrewsbury Pickleball ran the first "Shropshire Open" tournament, and an internal league during 2022 involving 70 players.  We joined the social prescribing register for those in need of physical activity & improved mental health in the county.  We celebrated our first birthday with a UV party - inspired by picklers in the North who set the precedent! Awards were presented to members who generously gave their time and efforts to grow the group so successfully.

Pickleball Central UK (PBC UK) was formed in 2023 as numbers and demand for more venues increased. PBC UK organised the first "Central England Pickleball Festival" at Tipton, Birmingham in February to give players in this area of the country a chance to experience a festival and to socialize with picklers who travelled from around the UK to also attend this central base. We were so excited that the festival sold out with 200 players attending over the weekend as well as a special exhibition match by Thaddea Lock, the UK no 1 player, together with Julie Mac, Rob Williams and Sam Basford. In 2023 PBC UK put on tournaments, coaching events, festivals & promotional events both in the UK and in Portugal. By December 2023 membership of PBC UK had tripled to around 300 members, and these now encompass members from all over the UK & abroad !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We work in conjunction with talented level 2 pickleball coaches such as Rob WIlliams, Sam Basford  and pickleball companies like Dropshot to deliver coaching, festivals & events for everyone.  We especially thank Pickleball England for their support in our journey & for setting the bar so high in terms of delivering events in the UK. 

Whether you live in the central region or not, PBC UK encourages you to join our family of picklers & reap the benefits of being associated with us !

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PBC UK INTERNAL ACHIEVEMENTS 2023 

Congratulations go to:

TOP NEWBIE PROMOTERS:
Matt James, Beverley Fielding, Sally Phillips & Chech Rowland


TOP ASSISTANTS:
John Brownlee, David Cooper, John Malcolm, Howard Jones


MOST IMPROVED PLAYERS:
Ariel Perez, Tully Lyth, Jas Tutt, Bryony Walters


TOP FESTIVAL ASSISTANTS:
Mike Plume, Ben Watkiss, Ewan Skillicorn, Liz Bateson

 

PBC UK EXTERNAL ACHIEVEMENTS 

Over the last 2 years PBC UK members have achieved incredible results in external tournaments in the UK and in Europe.  At the English Open 2023 - PBC UK members won a total of 19 medals and at The English Nationals 2023 - PBC UK members won 21 medals! Congratulations to everyone and especially to Tully Lyth gaining Silver in the Nationals Juniors - his first official tournament, Jayne Knight & Sam Williams both winning 2 gold medals for Singles & Doubles at Nationals 2023, and Andrew Fennell for winning Bronze at mens doubles 3.5 at the Belgium Open. 

 

Jason Edwards Pereira (14 years old)

Cambridge Team Event 3.5 Silver 2022

U14 Singles European Gold 2022

U16 European Mixed Doubles Gold 2022

U14 Doubles European Silver 2022

U16 Singles European Gold 2023

U16 Boys Doubles European Gold 2023

19+ 3.5 Mens Doubles English Open Silver 2023

19+ 3.5 Mens Singles English Open Bronze 2023

Under 18 Runner-Up  English Open SIlver 2023

19+ 4.0 Mens Doubles English Nationals Bronze 2023

19+ 4.5 Mens Singles Nationals Fourth place 2023

19+ 4.0 Mens Singles Mediterranean Open Fourth place 2023

Ewan Skillicorn (16 years old)

U16 doubles European Gold 2023

19+ 3.5 Mens Doubles English Open Silver 2023

Under 18 Junior Champion English Open Gold 2023

19+ 4.0 Mens Doubles English Nationals Bronze 2023

19+ 4.0 Mixed Doubles English Nationals Bronze 2023

19+ 4.0 Mediterranean Open Mixed Doubles Silver 2023

Sabrina Edwards Pereira (18 years old)

U16 European Mixed Doubles Gold 2022

19+ 3.0 UK Nationals Championships Singles Silver 2022

19+ 4.0 advanced rating Ladies Doubles European Silver 2023

U25 UK National Championship Ladies Doubles Silver 2023

19+ 3.5 Mixed Doubles English Open Silver 2023

19+ 4.0 advanced rating Ladies Doubles English Open Silver 2023

Fiona Edwards

DUPR 4.38 rated player, IPTPA certified level 1 Professional Instructor

Cambridge Team Event 3.5 Silver 2022

4th place 19+ 5.0 European Open Singles 2022

19+  4.0  UK Nationals Quarter finalist Mixed Doubles 2022

19+ 4.0 advanced rating Ladies Doubles European Silver 2023

19+ 4.0 advanced rating Ladies Singles European Bronze 2023

SE Regional Tournament 2023, Bronze 4.0+ Mixed Doubles

19+ 4.0 Advanced European Open Singles Bronze 2023

19+ 4.0 Mixed Doubles English Nationals Bronze 2023

19+ 4.0 Advanced Singles English Nationals Bronze 2023

19+ 4.0 Mediterranean Open Singles Silver 2023

19+ 4.0 Mediterranean Open Mixed Doubles Silver 2023

Nathan Hill

UK Nationals Mens Doubles Gold 3.0 2022

UK Nationals Mens Singles Gold 3.0 2022

50+ 4.5 rating Mens Singles European Bronze 2023

50+ 4.5 rating Mixed Doubles European Silver 2023

SE Regional Tournament 2023, Bronze 4.0+ Mixed Doubles

50+ 4.5 rating Mixed Doubles English Open Gold 2023

50+ 4.5 rating Mens Singles Nationals Bronze 2023

Ben Watkiss

U14 doubles European Silver 2022

Developments for PBC UK in 2024

-Headquarters of PBC UK indoor pickleball practise facility

-Coaching sessions available at each ability level

-European Coaches invited to help develop our members

-Performance Practises for highest level players & invitationals to outside members

-Competitions against other pickleball groups

-Development of more PBC UK members in all ages categories prepared to compete in external tournaments, including use of PBC UK referees

-PBC UK members to be chosen for UK Premier Pickleball League

- PBC UK organised Team tournaments 

-PBC UK Festivals to include DUPR ratings

-PBC UK Festivals arranged abroad

-PBC UK Pickleball holidays abroad for our members

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