NEW COURTS @ THE CLUB!
The fastest growing sport in the World has arrived in Diss.
Our two brand new outdoor Padel Courts were finished at the end of May and are now open to the public, just in time for summer (following the complete refurbishment of our Tennis Courts, 3G Five-a-Side Football Pitch and Car Parks).
They are the first and only Padel Courts in Norfolk and Suffolk.
WHAT IS PADEL?
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 (they look the same) 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 – perforated with large holes.
The courts are enclosed by glass walls and mesh panels; 3 metres tall down the sides and 4 metres tall at the ends, with a net across the middle.
WHERE DID PADEL COME FROM?
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 and there are now over 60 courts in the UK; double the number in 2018.
CAN ANYONE PLAY?
Padel is very easy to play, much more accessible than any other racket sport, other than perhaps table tennis. The ball speed is slower than Tennis and the combination of harder (less bouncy) balls and solid rackets, gives players the opportunity to develop basic ball control after very little practice.
People of all ages and abilities can play together within a few minutes of picking up a racket. The youngest player to have already graced our courts is 5 years old and the oldest is 82. Padel is genuinely a game for everyone.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST?
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.
Monday to Friday: 7am - 10pm
Saturday: 8am - 5pm
Sunday: 8am - 2pm