RISE – Racket for Integration of Seniors

RISE – Racket for Integration of Seniors, is the project which main objectives are to promote social inclusion, equal opportunities and raising awareness of the importance of health enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to the game of pickle tennis for all people, especially the elderly who are suffering the most during and after ongoing Covid-19 public health crisis. RISE is a two year project co-funded by Erasmus+ Sport of the European Union involving five European partners.

RISE – game of pickleball

The proposed project is focused on the game of pickleball, because it contains all elements required for a healthy and normal physical and emotional well-being for elderly people. Pickleball is adopted version of tennis, created for all ages and skill levels, in particular elderly. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn. Game is played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-size court. It is usually played as doubles. The game is especially popular with the elderly, because it is easy to play, and it is social game. On the other hand, it provides a good aerobic workout without as much stress on the body.

RISE main goals:

Rise main goals are:

  • to promote social inclusion through organized pickleball workout;
  • to implement suitable organized pickleball activities for elderly;
  • to strength cooperation between different professional sports institutions;
  • to minimize generation gap through pickle tennis implementation.

RISE main objectives

Rise main objectives are to:

  • Increase knowledge in the field of organization and implementation of suitable pickleball workout for elderly. To analyse different methods and gain best practices of organization and implementation of pickleball workout for elderly with the aim of identifying the most optimal ones.
  • Increase awareness of the role of pickleball in promoting social inclusion, regarding benefits of physical and mental state of elderly. To raise awareness through organised activities and communication and dissemination channels of project partners.
  • Strengthen cooperation between institutions and organizations active in the field of promoting pickleball for all generations. To strengthen cooperation between institutions and organizations active in this field and to improve sharing of good practices between institutions and organizations active in this field.
  • Minimizing generation gap and promoting intergenerational understanding. To connect and integrate different age groups and to improve the level of coexistence and understanding of differences between various population groups.
  • Increase social inclusion and physical activity of elderly through organized pickleball workout.
    To improve the extent of physical activities performed by the elderly and to improve the extent of social activities performed by the elderly.

Vse, ki vas zanima igranje pickleblla, vljudno vabimo, da pokličete na številko 040 566 225 in pridobite dodatne informacije.


Tennis Club Krsko – the project coordinator. Tennis club Krsko was founded in 1986.  TC Krško is involved in numerous social inclusion and seniors programmes.

Fair-way Sportegyesület (Fair-way SE) – Fair-way Sportegyesület (Fair-way SE) was established in 2019 and it has two divisions: one is footgolf (mix of golf and football), and the other one is pickleball. They are one of the founders of the European Pickleball Association

ZDUS – Zveza društev upokojencev Slovenije (in English: Slovenian Federation of Pensioner’s Associations) is a non-governmental (NGO) and non-profit organization, established in 1946, organized as an umbrella organization of 13 regional members, bringing together 500 local associations of pensioners and clubs, including over 186.000 members all over Slovenia (11% of Slovenian population)

AIGNERKARNER tennisandmore GdbR – AIGNERKARNER tennisandmore GdbR, established in 2010 is based in Holzkirchen, Bavaria, Region South of Munich, Germany. With its 2 managing directors, its 1 part time employee and its 15-20 coaches and freelancers, AignerKarner tennisandmore GdbR engages in the sports arena with high focus on tennis.

Tennis Association of District Istria – TSIŽ (Croatia) – Tennis Association of District Istria is a non-profit, independent, voluntary association of tennis clubs in District of Istria, Croatia. It was established in 1996 due to mutual interests in recreational and competitive tennis in accordance with Olympic principles

Project activities

  1. Pickleball training
    Most important part of our RISE project is performed through organization and implementation of pickle tennis activities for elderly. Organized tennis activities are performed free of charge by project partners two times per week. In addition to sport activities, other events will be organized, such as educational seminars, social events, etc. The purpose of these events is to additionally strengthen social ties and intergenerational integration. The project activities will be organized in order to increase standards of living for all participants.
  2. Workshops
    The main goal of the project workshops is to share knowledge between different project partners and to disseminate project results to wider audience.


The “RISE social inclusion through sport” photos and videos collects best memories from the project activities implementation.

Our presentational workshop in Ljubljana is approaching in December 

Our presentational workshop in Ljubljana is approaching in December Older people, members of pensioner associations and others are invited to join us at the Športni center Dolgi most to play a game of pickleball 🎾🎾🎾

See you on the 9th of December!

You are nicely invited to check out RISE flyer where you can find a lot of information and some highlights from our project implementation