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Padel Tennis

What is padel?

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.

Find out more about Padel

At a glance where to play in Essex:

Club/Venue email Contact E mail Telephone
Stratford Padel Club  E15 2AE https://stratfordpadelclub.org/ Anca Mendleson anca@ascendis.london 07977 466201
David Lloyd Chigwell  IG9 6BJ https://ipadel.co.uk/Court-Info/David-Lloyd-Chigwell/2748/ Peter Hazeldene peter_hazeldene@hotmail.com 07881 653648
Down Hall Hotel & Spa  CM22 7AS https://padeluniteduk.com/padel-united-bishops-stortford/      
Padel4All Garons Park  Southend Leisure & Tennis Complex SS2 4FA https://padel4all.com/garon-park/ Lorraine Wilson nswilson@blueyonder.co.uk 07989 737444
Prested Hall  Feering  CO5 9EE https://prested.co.uk/padel-tennis-at-prested-hall/      
Chelmsford – Great Baddow Park CM2 9RL https://padeluniteduk.com/chelmsford-padel-club/ Richard Ramjane richard.ramjane@gmail.com 07469 883385
Padel United Brentwood Hard Court Tennis Club CM13 3FD https://ipadel.co.uk/Court-Info/Padel-United-UK-Brentwood/2807/ Keith Gilbert info@padel123.co.uk 07973117427
Padel United Maldon – Promenade Park CM9 5UR https://ipadel.co.uk/Court-Info/Go%20Padel%20Maldon/2759/ Ricahrd Hall-Smith richhallsmith@gmail.com 07469 883385
PDL Padel United Waltham Abbey Waltham Abbey – Padel United UK Kai Woodgate kaiwoodgate@gmail.com  
PDL Padel United The Heron Padel Club Home :: Home | The Heron Country Club   padel@heroncountryclub.uk 01277 811289


For enquiries relating to Padel in Essex please get in touch with our Essex Tennis Padel Officer, Will Bailes on williamb@essextennis.org.uk or complete the Contact Us form at the foot this page.

The LTA are the Governing Body of Padel Tennis in the UK

County Associations are developing playing and competitive opportunities throughout the country—the following information gives a futher useful overview of Padel.  For information about construction please go to the relevant section of our  facilities document’ on this website.

Padel Tennis in outline

Compared to tennis, the court is smaller and has no doubles lines, and the net is lower. Paddle tennis is played with a solid paddle as opposed to a strung racquet, and a depressurised tennis ball is used. The same court is used for both singles and doubles, with doubles being the dominant form of play. Scoring is the same as normal tennis.

The difference between Padel and Tennis



If you want to be confused?! 😕😔

When you are chatting to friends/others who live in different parts of the world 🌍 there is often confusion because:

Padel, paddle tennis and platform tennis are three similar but different sports

To make things even more confusing, platform tennis is often called “paddle tennis” by its players and sometimes only “paddle”.


Court Dimension detail and specifications [UK]



YouTube Padel Demonstration





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