AN opportunity for people to have a go at a game that is starting to sweep the nation is available at three South Lakeland venues.

The game of Pickleball is ideal for anyone who has played any of the racquet sports and wants to have a go at something different.

It is described as an "addictive" game played over a low net on a badminton court with an airflow ball. The players use paddles and the game is suitable for all levels of fitness, ability and mobility.

There will be sessions at Dallam Sports Centre, Milnthorpe, on Tuesday, from 6pm to 8pm; at Kendal Leisure Centre on Thursday May 30, from 7pm to 9pm and the Lunesdale Sports Centre, Kirkby Lonsdale, from 7pm to 9pm.

Organiser Jane Portnell said: "It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

"It is an active sport but lends itself to being played at a less physical level if required. The relatively small court, the light paddle and ball, the tactical game of cat and mouse at the net, the underarm serve and the fact that the ball bounces combine to make the game accessible to those who want to play sport later into old age, who are perhaps not as fit and able as they would like to be.

"I can honestly say that it is the most addictive game I have ever played, the sound of ball on paddle, the strategic play and the incredible net play which ranges from slow and careful to fast and scary, it has such variety for a small game."