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!)...
And now Padel has come to Bective, thanks to John Brady. We meet at 10:30am every Sunday morning and also on Wednesday evenings, and John can arrange for the supply of Padel racquets and accessories
that you may need for your game.
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. Contact him today and get your Padel on!
At the moment, only club members can book the Padel court. However, if you are interested in trying out Padel, do feel free to join us at our Wednesday evening sessions. The cost is only €5 per person (for non-members), which includes bat and ball hire, and instruction from John Brady.
You will need to contact John in advance by text (086 259 6965) or email to confirm your place for the Wednesday sessions. We do have a special Padel membership offer available at the moment, and John can fill you in on all the details.
We were very fortunate to be able to host some of the top Spanish Juniors in the club at a great night of clinics and some very impressive exhibition matches. Many thanks to John Brady and the Padel Federation of Ireland for making the whole thing happen. There are a whole lot more Padel converts in Dublin after this!
You can check out some photos of the night on our Facebook page.
The All Ireland Padel Open Championships took place over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September at the Bushy Park Tennis & Padel Club.
#TeamBective was well represented over the weekend with 8 participants. A big thank you to John Brady for all his work in getting things organised from the Bective end.
Bushy Park Tennis and Padel Club is organising a Padel tournament for intermediate level players. The competition will take place on Sunday, 22nd of October.
There are two categories: low-intermediate and high-intermediate, and places are strictly limited to 8 teams in each group. The entry fee is €15 per player.
Further details about the tournament are available on the Bushy Park website.
We have regular padel sessions for our members on Wednesday evenings from 6pm and Sunday mornings at 11am. Please contact John Brady if you would like to attend. He will also be able to provide you with bats and balls (either on loan or for sale).
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. The machine for the floodlights is situated just outside of Court Nr. 1, adjacent to the back rugby pitch. The padel court is court no. 5
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