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Three Padel Tennis courts are available to book at Bushey Grove.
What is Padel Tennis?
In 1974 Alfonso de Hohenlohe Enrique Corcuera travelled to Mexico to stay with a friend and during his stay became interested in a new sport that his friend had recently created. The sport incorporated a court with two 3m walls facing each other, a net across the middle and wire meshing along the sides. The game was played with wooden paddles and thus became known as Padel Tennis.
In his enthusiasm for the new sport, when Alfonso Hohenlole returned to Spain, he perfected some of the details of the court and the rules of game, and then set about constructing the two first courts in Spain in the Marbella Club.
Taken from http://padten.wordpress.com/about/
In basic terms, the best way to describe the game is “squash with a net” or “tennis with walls”
Our three outdoor courts are available to hire at various times throughout the week:
|Monday||07:00 - 19:00|
|Tuesday||07:00 - 16:00 19:00 - 22:00|
|Wednesday||07:00 - 19:00|
|Thursday||07:00 - 22:00|
|Friday||07:00 - 16:00 19:00 - 22:00|
|Saturday||12:00 - 16:00|
|Sunday||12:00 - 20:00|
Bookings can be made on the hour for 55 minute slots.
How do you play?
Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court about half the size of a tennis court. The balls used and the scoring is the same as normal tennis, just with a little less pressure, and so the biggest difference is that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash.
Padel is great for players of all ages and skills, as it is both quick and easy to pick up, and is less physically demanding than similar sports like squash. Most players get the grasp of it within the first 20 minutes of playing and find it easy to achieve a level of proficiency so that they can enjoy it because the game is not as dominated by strength, technique and serve as tennis (in fact, the serve in padel is under-arm).