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 John can arrange for the supply of Padel racquets, and any accessories
that you may need for your game. Click here for further details.
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!
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 take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September. There are a number of different categories, including Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, and competitions for Men, Women, and Mixed events.
Preliminary rounds of the tournament are being organised in Bushy Park Padel Centre prior to the All Ireland Championship.
Further information available on the Bushy Park Padel website.
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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