Diss Heywood Tennis Club opens Norfolk’s first padel tennis court

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These impressed by the celebs at Wimbledon could have a brand new technique to get into the game as Norfolk’s first padel tennis court docket opens.

The brand new Adidas padel tennis courts at Heywood Well being and Health in Diss which value round £90,000. Image: Neil Didsbury
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Claimed to be the world’s quickest rising sport, the sport can now be performed on the Heywood Tennis Membership in Diss.
Proprietor Tom Bobbins was impressed to carry the sport to the county after experiencing it on vacation together with his brother-in-law in Portugal, and mentioned he noticed potential for it to catch on nearer to residence. Upon his return to Norfolk, Mr Bobbins started to look into the prices and logistics of constructing a padel tennis court docket. The sport is performed on an enclosed caged court docket, which signifies that as soon as the ball passes a participant it isn’t essentially out of play.”It is a little bit bit like tennis however nicks the nice bits of squash,” mentioned Mr Bobbins.

The brand new Padel tennis courts at Heywood Well being and Health in Diss which value round £90,000. Image: Neil Didsbury
– Credit score: Archant

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The sport is Spain’s second largest participation sport (overtaking customary tennis) and is anticipated to function on the Olympics by the 2028 video games. Mr Bobbins says he believes many new athletes might be created by the sport as anybody can choose up a racket and rally, even when they’ve by no means performed earlier than.
Mr Bobbins mentioned: “I noticed the potential within the recreation as a result of it is really easy to play. I genuinely consider somebody who has bought no racket sports activities background can choose up a padel and play.”If they have a companion who’s a little bit bit useful that helps, however you will get 4 folks on who’ve by no means performed the sport earlier than they usually can have good, significant rallies which you simply cannot do with squash or tennis as there’s an excessive amount of faff.”

The brand new Padel tennis courts at Heywood Well being and Health in Diss which value round £90,000. Image: Neil Didsbury
– Credit score: Archant

In accordance with Mr Bobbins different golf equipment within the county trying to become involved with padel tennis, after the sport was formally recognised by the Garden Tennis Affiliation (LTA).

Tom Bobbins outdoors the brand new padel tennis courts at Heywood Well being and Health in Diss, which he runs together with his companion Amy. Image: Neil Didsbury
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Sue Donaldson, 65 from Oakley and Isabel Sensible, 71 from Bottesdale loved a recreation of padel on the new courts at Heywood Well being and Health in Diss. Image: Neil Didsbury
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