Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court, slightly smaller than a tennis court.
Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure. The main
differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them (like in squash), and that solid,
stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being served must be at, or below, waist level.
The sport was invented in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. It is currently most popular in Hispanic American countries such as Argentina and Mexico as well as in Spain and Andorra, although it is now beginning to spread rapidly across Europe and other continents.
To get a feel for what Padel is all about, check out this video (best-watched in full screen!)...
John Brady is the Director of Padel in the club. As a fully qualified and certified Padel coach, John will be able to impart his vast knowledge to you through his innovative and creative approach to lessons. If you are interested in trying out Padel, do contact John by text (086 259 6965) or email.
If you are looking to buy padel equipment, check out our selection of racquets, bags and balls.
During Level 5 restrictions, the padel court will remain closed.
Light tokens cost €1.50 each and last for 30 minutes. They are available from the Bar Manager, Mark O'Brien, Club Captain Tom McKeogh, or any member of the committee. Light tokens are also available from Arthur Mayne's pub in Donnybrook.
The machine for the floodlights is situated just outside of Court Nr. 1, adjacent to the back rugby pitch. The padel court is located on Court Nr. 6.
Not sure how to work the floodlights? Check out our very helpful video from the #Bective101 series :)