Padel is a form of tennis that is easy to play, fun and extremely sociable. It is played mainly in a doubles format on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court and can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities, as it is not power dominant. The rules are broadly the same as tennis, although you serve underhand and the walls are used as part of the game with the ball allowed to bounce off them.
One of the fastest growing sports across continental Europe, padel has gained increasing popularity over recent years, with over six million people currently playing in Spain. According to the LTA, there are currently 114 padel courts at 59 clubs in the UK.
Swindon is home to the first padel centre in Wiltshire. The centre, in Basset Down has 3 covered and floodlit courts, and offers a range of opportunities to get involved, even if you are a complete beginner. Visit their website to find out how you can get involved.
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