Status:Active, not currently accepting new members
Graham Martin
Group email: Padel group
When: on Monday mornings
09.30 - 11.00
Venue: Polideportivo Oliva

Padel is a sport that combines action with fun and social interaction. It’s a great sport for players of all ages and skill levels, as it is both quick and easy to pick up. Most players get the basics within the first half an hour of playing, which means that everyone can get to enjoy the game.

Padel is a mix between tennis and squash. Usually played in doubles in an enclosed area surrounded by walls of glass and metallic mash, padel courts are one-third of the size of a normal tennis court.

Padel is not as dominated by strength, technique and serve as it is in tennis. That makes it an ideal game for men, women and youngsters to compete together. Match craft is important with points won rather by strategy rather than by sheer strength and power.

The ball can bounce off any wall but can only hit the turf once before being returned. Points are scored when the ball bounces twice in the competitors’ part of the court or when the ball is not returned.

The game is quick and easy to learn, making it a fun and addictive sport to play. Using a short, stringless padel racquet with an elastic surface and holes, the service is made underarm using a low compression ball.

Shots are played either before or after the ball bounces off the surrounding glass walls, adding a unique dimension to the sport over conventional tennis.

The rules for padel are similar to tennis in many ways, but there are also differences. Padel Scoring largely follows that of normal tennis and players change their side of the court every time an odd game number is played.

The group first met in November 2023 and has continued to grow. It's now full, but you can still join the waiting list.