New padel tennis court opens at The Triangle

PR2233/GW/MF - 12/07/2019

Mid Sussex District Council Leader Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards officially opened a new Padel Tennis Court at The Triangle leisure centre in Burgess Hill on Wednesday 10 July.

The new £110,000 court is the first to be built at a local authority leisure centre in the UK. It has been funded entirely by Section 106 developer contributions, financial payments made by housing developers in Burgess Hill that fund local infrastructure improvements.

Padel tennis is a rapidly growing sport that is a cross between tennis and squash. It’s played on an enclosed court about one third the size of a tennis court. The rules, which are available at the Centre, are similar to tennis. Players use slightly less pressurised tennis balls, serving is under-arm and the court walls are used as part of the game. Professional tennis stars Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and the Murray brothers are all known to play padel tennis.

To encourage people to give this fantastic new sport a try, the court is available to book for free throughout the rest of July. If anyone would like to hire four padel racquets and a set of balls, they are available from The Triangle priced at £10.

Fresh from a knock-up on the court, Councillor John Belsey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery said:

“Padel tennis is tremendous fun and it’s a sport that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. It’s less reliant on power than similar games like tennis or squash, which makes it accessible to players of all abilities.

“Even if you only have very limited experience of playing racquet sports you can quickly engage in dynamic and fun rallies. Also, padel tennis is mainly played in doubles, which makes it very social and therefore ideal for the entire family.”

An Open Day/Exhibition will take place on Saturday 27 July between 11.00am-4.00pm at which England ranked padel tennis players will be demonstrating the skills of the game.

Details will be released shortly about group sessions, opportunities for coaching and the formation of leagues.

To book the new padel tennis court visit the Places for People Leisure website at www.placesleisure.org/centres/the-triangle/news/padel-tennis-court/

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