NEW PADEL COURTS AT DISS HEYWOOD SPORTS CLUB

NEW PADEL COURTS AT DISS HEYWOOD SPORTS CLUB

Currently the fastest growing sport in the world, Padel courts have recently been built at Heywood Sports club in Diss. Sitting on the boarder of Norfolk and Suffolk, Heywood’s courts are the first in both counties and also boast the very first Adidas Padel court to be built in the UK.

The courts were finished at the end of May and are now open to the public, prior to the club hosting a Grand Opening in August; following the complete refurbishment of their Tennis courts, 3G Five-a-Side football pitch and car parks.

Tom Bobbins, the owner of the club said, “We’re delighted to finally offer Padel at Heywood, after months of planning and hard work on the ground. What’s particularly exciting for us is the accessibility of the game; it’s so much easier to play than most other racket sports, particularly for children and more senior sports enthusiasts. With little or no experience, you’ll be able to enjoy a game with your friends or family. My five-year-old son took to it in a matter of minutes.”

Padel is a close relative of tennis. It is predominantly a doubles game (played by four people) on an enclosed court, a third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as Tennis and the balls used are very similar but have a little less ‘bounce’. The main differences are that balls can be played off the court walls (similar to Squash) and that the rackets are solid, consisting of a traditional frame filled with a dense foam – usually perforated with large holes.

The combination of a harder ball and solid racket results in increased control and a slower ball speed than Tennis. The enclosed courts encourage rallies to last much longer than those of a Tennis game: Padel bookings at Heywood are 90 minutes, to accommodate the time needed to comfortably conclude a match.

Invented in Acapulco (Mexico) by Enrique Corcuera in the 1960s, Padel was exported to the Costa Del Sol (Spain) in the early 1970s, where the first purpose-built courts were erected at the Marbella Club. It quickly blossomed and became popular in Hispanic countries, particularly Spain and Argentina, also flourishing on the Algarve in Portugal.

Padel is now played by over 10 million people worldwide, in 36 countries. There are now over 60 courts in the UK, double the number in 2018.

The sport was formerly adopted by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) only a few weeks ago, integrating British Padel into the organisation’s day-to-day operations. This is a significant development for Padel, not only recognising it as a legitimate sport in the UK, but also providing a huge platform for accelerated growth across the country.

There is now a very real possibility that Padel will be admitted into the Olympics for the Los Angeles Games in 2028.

Andy Murray, the British tennis ace, recently made a significant investment in a Padel court company and is a major exponent of the game.

Premiership football celebrities have also recently added their voices to promote the game. Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and former Chelsea and England captain John Terry are big fans of Padel. Most premiership football teams have Padel courts within their training facilities, including Liverpool, Everton, West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester City, to name but a few.

To try your hand at Padel, contact Heywood by calling 01379 643 088 or send an email to hello@heywoodclub.co.uk

The club can supply all the equipment you’ll need and Tom regularly arranges informal coaching ‘mixers’ for people to join a groups of players new to the game.

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U/12 BOYS FINISH MID TABLE IN COUNTY CUP GROUP

U/12 BOYS FINISH MID TABLE IN COUNTY CUP GROUP

Playing County Cup at the lovely Frinton LTC over the last weekend in June, Norfolk Boys produced some fine tennis against Essex, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire.

The five counties played each other with the top team being invited to the national finals in Bolton in two weekends time.

Based on player rankings, the expectations of the Norfolk team were modest. A win or two would be a good result. The team wasted no time achieving this target with a comfortable win over Bedfordshire. Singles wins for Oscar Webster, Eaun Sparkes, and a doubles win for Eaun along with captain Jayden Durham gave the team impetus ahead of the match with favourites Essex.

Despite a lot of courage and the introduction of an extremely focused Max Dewsbury the boys could not quite match a team boasting players ranked in national top 15. At the close of saturday Norfolk had beaten Beds 3-1 and lost to Essex 0-4.

Time for a trip to Clacton pier and a well earned Ice cream. The boys showed off their shooting skills to win a couple of soft fluffy toys! Only joking boys!

On the Sunday we played against Lincolnshire. Jayden Durham produced his best ever performance at a county cup to win the no.1 singles but it would take a doubles win to force the match into a shoot out tie-breaker. Despite some flashes of brilliance the pair went down 8-10!

The match against Suffolk was over very quickly and unfortunately the boys were unable to secure a rubber against our arch rivals.

Congratulations to Suffolk who beat Essex to qualify for the national finals. With Beds beating Lincolnshire, Norfolk finished a creditable 3rd place and can be proud of there efforts and conduct.