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Looking for a new hobby or challenge to keep yourself busy or want to try a different way of staying active?

The likes of football, cricket and rugby are the most popular sports in the UK but there are plenty more ways to stay active out there.

Here are five sports or activities in Suffolk that you probably didn’t know existed and you should maybe give a shot.

Pickleball. Picture: iStock
Pickleball. Picture: iStock

Pickleball

Influenced by tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball began to take off in the UK ten years ago and now has over 80 places where you can play.

The sport can be played both inside and outside with two or four players using solid paddles made of wood to return the ball over the net, so if you enjoy your racquet sports this could definitely be another similar activity to give a go.

There are multiple pickleball clubs dotted around Ipswich that welcome people of all ages as well as one in Cambridge.

Line Dancing

Unsurprisingly, line dancing is where lines of people complete choreographed dance routines in time to music.

It’s said to be a perfect form of exercise for older people and is easy to take part in as it requires no equipment.

Throughout the county, there are a few areas available where you can go to give line dancing a shot.

Croquet. Picture: iStock
Croquet. Picture: iStock

Croquet

As it draws nearer and nearer to summer, croquet is a perfect sport to enjoy in the sun that requires very little effort while also still getting some exercise.

You can easily socialise while hitting wooden balls with a mallet through hoops in the ground and there are two different versions you can play - Garden Croquet or Golf Croquet.

Thurston, Ipswich and Framlingham are just a few of the places you can enjoy the sport in Suffolk.

Tchoukball. Picture: Mecha Morton
Tchoukball. Picture: Mecha Morton

Tchoukball

Tchoukball is a fast and engaging sport, with the aim to throw a ball at a frame on the ground, so that it rebounds and lands over the line of the D on the court.

The opposition's job is to catch the ball to prevent their opponents from scoring and then shoot it themselves. This sequence continues until a point is scored and each team can score at both ends of the field. You’re also only allowed three seconds on the ball.

You can test yourself at a club in Bury St Edmunds where they offer the first three sessions for free.

Clubbercise

This activity combines exercise with a club atmosphere, offering a brand of exercise classes taught in a darkened room with disco lights and club music.

Since being introduced in the UK in 2013, clubbercise has grown to be very popular in the fitness industry and supplies reusable LED glow sticks to participants, creating a nightclub environment.

You can take part in sessions at Great Cornard and several locations in Bury St Edmunds including Sybil Andrews Academy.

By Cameron Reid