October 10, 2023

World Mental Health Day: The Transformative Power of Pickleball

In the spirit of World Mental Health Day, we are delighted to share the inspiring journey of Lachlan, a 60-year-old individual whose life took a remarkable turn thanks to the sport of Pickleball. His experience even led him to become one of our dedicated Pickleball ambassadors. He now hosts regular sessions at Dalgety Bay and Carnegie Leisure Centre. Lachlan’s story serves as a shining example of the transformative power of physical activity on both mental and physical well-being.

“My name is Lauchlan. I live in Dunfermline, but I am originally from Biggar and lived in Brazil for 20 years.

I developed depression, primarily due to work-related stress, and I also have arthritis. The anti-depressants prescribed to me made me feel worse, so my GP recommended exercise instead. I initially thought about swimming since I used to swim regularly in Brazil. However, my wife discovered Pickleball on the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust website, which she thought resembled mini tennis. Knowing my previous involvement with the Grange Tennis Club in Edinburgh, she suggested I might find it enjoyable. I decided to try it, attending sessions at Carnegie and Kirkcaldy Leisure Centres. I instantly loved it and have been playing it almost every day since!

Pickleball has given me a new lease on life. In just five months, I’ve undergone a remarkable physical and mental transformation. I have made many friends through Pickleball, which has helped me become more sociable and improved my mental health. One of my proudest moments was winning the first men’s doubles tournament at the Michael Woods Leisure Centre in Glenrothes.


I must thank all the ambassadors who have encouraged me, including George, Elizabeth, Carol, Sandy, Margaret, Stuart, Wendy, and Christine. Their unwavering support inspired me to become an ambassador myself, and I’ve recently started hosting sessions at Dalgety Bay and Carnegie Leisure Centres.

This journey has been nothing short of amazing, and I’m eager to introduce more people to the transformative power of Pickleball. Regardless of your fitness level or age, I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to embrace this fun and inclusive sport. It has truly changed my life, and I believe it can have a similar impact on others!”

Mental Health Resources
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, it’s important to reach out for help. There are resources available that can provide support and guidance. Click here for information and to access these resources.

Get Involved!

Fife Sports and Leisure Trust offer a range of Pickleball sessions for all ages and abilities. Each session costs only £3.80. If you hold a Silver, Gold, Diamond, or Platinum Leisure Active membership, the pickleball sessions are included at no additional cost.

Click here to visit our Pickleball Timetable for detailed information on session timings and venues.

Find out more!
You can also click here to join our Pickleball Facebook group to stay updated on the latest news and events.

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