Game4Padel - New Courts Opening
September 4, 2023
Game4Padel, the UK’s leading padel business, will be officially opening two new padel courts this September at the Bloom Heathrow workplace.
Padel is reported to be the world’s fastest growing sport. It is now played in over 100 countries around the world, by an estimated 25 million players. Spain is reckoned to have over 20,000 padel courts, and six million active players - it is now the country’s second biggest participation sport after football. In Sweden and Italy the sport grew rapidly during lockdown and in some parts of the Middle East the sport is now part of the national curriculum in schools. Forecasters predict padel will become an Olympic sport by 2032.
Fans of the game include Game4Padel investors Andy Murray and Virgil van Dijk, as well as well-known names such as David Beckham, Jurgen Klopp, Bradley Walsh, Elle MacPherson and Nicole Scherzinger.
The courts at Bloom Heathrow will be officially opened on Tuesday 12th September. Anyone is welcome to attend from 11am onwards to take part in padel clinics (11am – 2pm), learn more about the sport and watch an exhibition padel match (12.30). There will also be free food on offer for the first 50 attendees and music.
The courts at Bloom are also open for anyone to use, regardless of whether they work at the business park. Courts must be booked in advance via the Matchi app, details of which can be found on the Game4Padel website.
Tom Webster, Senior Asset Manager at Henley Investment Management, commented,
“Padel is going to be a great addition at Bloom. We have seen how popular the game is becoming all around the UK and can see the courts being in high demand from people who work at the office park, as well as people who live in the local area. A key part of our proposition at Bloom is to provide exemplary workspace alongside extensive amenities, including a range of sports facilities to encourage healthy lifestyles and social interaction.”
Game4Padel Co-Founder and CEO, Michael Gradon added:
“Padel is a highly social game so we think it will do really well here atBloom, where work colleagues can play during the day or after work. We areseeing more business parks planning to add padel, because they can see thesport has so many positives such as building communities and improving the physicaland mental health of the workforce.”
Game4Padel already has the most venues around the UK including:
· Thistle Padel Club, Edinburgh
· Barnton Park LTC, Edinburgh
· Windsor Penarth LTC, Penarth
· Huddersfield LT&SC, Yorkshire
· Broxbourne Sports Club, Hertfordshire
· Heron Tennis Centre, Newquay
· Ipswich Sports Club, Suffolk
· Withdean Sports Club, Brighton
· Parabola Edinburgh Park business park
· West View Better Leisure, Preston
· Virgin Active Chiswick Riverside
· GolfIt!, Glasgow (coming soon)
· Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
· Bloom Heathrow London, Bedfont Lakes
· Better Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City (opening soon)
· Grappenhall Sports LTC (opening soon)
· Liverpool Cricket Club (opening soon)
The company also has overseas venues in Melbourne, Australia and in Spain and has a further 30 venues secured to open in the UK and is in discussions regarding approximately 50 additional venues across the UK.
Game4Padel boasts a diverse group of experienced UK investors and ambassadors, including former world no.1 tennis players Andy and Jamie Murray, Liverpool FC and Dutch international footballer, Virgil van Dijk, TV stars and former British number 1tennis players Annabel Croft and Andrew Castle, and Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies. The company’s Chief Executive is Michael Gradon, a former FTSE 100 mainboard director and longstanding Commercial and Finance Chair of the Wimbledon Championships.
Game4Padeloffers to partner with a wide range of venues, including sports clubs, leisure centres, parks, schools, universities and, increasingly, commercial venues. Its capital and technical expertise enables it to finance, install, maintain and operate padel courts in any setting. The company also creates bespoke coaching and playing programmes, events, tournaments, and engagement activities for children and schools.
For more information, please visit Game4padel.com
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT
Can anyone attend?
Yes anyone can come along, you don’t have to work at Bloom. If youwould like to join in the fun, visit Game4Padel.com to book your place.
What time should I come down?
At 12.30 we will be officially opening the event, and then there will be the chance to join in some padel clinics from 11am until 2pm that day. The courts will be open until 8pm on 12th Sept.
How soon can I book courts after the launch day?
Visit the Game4Padel website (www.game4padel.com).
Can I bring children down to the launch event?
Yes children are welcome. We recommend padel for age 5 and over.
Do I need my own racket and balls?
No we will provide them for the launch.
Will there be parking at the launch?
Yes we have limited spaces for parking so if possible car-share.
Game4Padel provides a full service padel solution from feasibility to planning consent, construction, funding, management, booking systems, playing programmes, coaching support and ongoing maintenance of the facility. Game4Padel bears all the capital costs and lifetime maintenance in return for a share of revenue. Their aim is to grow the game of padel all over the UK by helping sports clubs, universities, local authorities and commercial venues like shopping centres and business parks to add padel courts. For more information go to www.Game4Padel.com
A padel court is smaller than a tennis court (10m x 20m)and is surrounded by glass walls and metallic fence (3m and 4m high). It is aracket sport that combines elements of tennis, squash and badminton and isplayed by over 18 million people worldwide. The balls are similar to those usedin tennis, but the rackets are easier to play with as they are smaller anddon’t have strings. You do not need any previous racquet experience to playpadel. To see exciting padel rallies, go to www.game4padel.com.