Padel is a form of tennis that is easy to play, is great 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. The rules are much the same as tennis although the serve is underhand and the walls are used as part of the game.
Because it’s always played as doubles, it’s a really social activity, it's easy to play for all ages and abilities and is ideal for families and friends.
There are now close to 300 padel courts in the UK. Dorset currently only has one padel court, at The West Hants Club. With padel being an innovative format of tennis that's flexible and easy to play and a great way to attract new members, hopefully this number will grow giving more opportunities for people to play and compete in this fun sport. Venues thinking about installing padel courts, see 'Find out more' below for where to find out more information on funding, court installation etc.
To find a full list of padel venues, click here.
Find out more
Find out more about Padel Tennis including courts, installation and funding options, coaching and workforce, competitions and monthly newsletters where you will find case studies on venues which have installed padel courts and the benefits they have bought here.
Padel Guidance Note
A Guidance Note which provides some general guidance on how to plan, build and operate padel courts can be found here.
Competition and LTA Padel Rankings
Find out more about the LTA Padel Tour and GB Seniors Tour tournament here.
LTA Padel Rankings
Click here. For Dorset Padel rankings, use the Filter.
Officiating in Padel
Existing tennis referees can do a free one-hour LTA Padel Referee Conversion Course. If you are an LTA Licensed Official and would like to upskill and learn more about Padel Officiating, you can complete the LTA Padel Referee Conversion Course here.