Gloucestershire East Glos Racket Club invests £ 250K in new Tennis Cheltenham padel facilities
The East Glos Club, based in Cheltenham, has invested £ 250,000 in new padel courts.
The courts opened earlier this month after a five-month construction and are the first courts in the Southwest. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) supported the funding and provided the club with an interest-free, quick-access loan.
Padel is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spain has 20,000 courts and four million players. There are currently 82 courts in the UK, with more than 400 scheduled by 2023, accelerated by the LTA’s ambitious growth plans.
Padel is easy to pick up and play, with simple rules and a scoring system. It is suitable for all ages and skill levels and is a great sport for families and friends to play together.
East Glos courts will be available to pay and play for the local community.
East Glos worked with Malvern-based Raise Partnership to facilitate funding, planning and supplier selection. Courtstall Service, a long-time supplier, carried out the groundwork, with Padel Tech completing the installation of the steel-framed and glass-walled courts.
Darren Morris, Director of the East Glos Club, said: “In addition to providing our tennis and squash members with an additional racquet sport, we will open the padel to community and school access, to encourage more people to play.
“We made the bold decision to build three fields from the start to offer coaching programs, competitions, social games and events, as well as the ability for people to play with their friends and family.
Guy Heathcote, Padel Tech, said: “Padel Tech is delighted to complete the supply and installation of three padel courts at the prestigious East Glos Club. I am sure the club members and the wider community in Cheltenham and the surrounding area will benefit from East Glos for many years to come. ”
Sharon Heeley, LTA Region Manager for South and Southwest, said: “We are delighted to see the fantastic new East Glos padel courts completed. One of LTA’s key strategies is to find new ways to increase participation.
“Padel is an innovative format of tennis that is fun, flexible and easy to play. So we hope these brilliant new facilities will encourage people to try it. There is an exciting future for padel, and we are working to make it happen. develop as a complementary form of tennis that benefits our sport as a whole. ”