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 11:30am every Saturday morning 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 have regular padel sessions for our members on Saturday mornings at 11:30am. 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. 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 no. 5.
Not sure how to work the floodlights? Check out our very helpful video from the #Bective101 series :)
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