Padel has been causing a racquet all over the world, and now the popular sport is being served up in the City of London.
A business network comprising the Central London Alliance, Aldgate Connect, EC BID and Blue Orchid Hospitality has thrown up some pop-up court in Tower Hill, meaning you and your friends can get in a few rallies after work.
And they come with a big billing, having been installed by Game4Padel, the sporting organisation backed by tennis ace Andy Murray.
The court is in place until July, giving players plenty of time to swing in for a set or two of the world’s fastest growing sport.
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The court is available for hire seven days a week to local schools, businesses, and members of the public.
Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, said: “Padel tennis is a sport that is fantastic fun for all the family and growing in popularity. It’s great to welcome it to the City and we just know it will become a must-visit event.”
Ruth Duston OBE, OC, MD of Primera said: “The launch of the Padel Tennis Festival is our latest investment to keep the momentum going and continue to develop an inspiring and vibrant destination, for City workers, residents and visitors alike.
“The City has a long history of pioneering new initiatives so bringing Padel to the Square Mile is following this tradition. We’re excited to welcome a whole new audience to the Square Mile.”
Tony Matharu, founder and Chairman of Central London Alliance and Blue Orchid Hospitality said: “The Central London Alliance continues its work to encourage a recovery and to stimulate visits to central London, highlighting the reasons for returning to the workplace that are not just about ‘the desk’ – its renowned sporting events, unmatched heritage, arts, culture and other offerings. I’m pleased that the BIDs, partners and supporters of the Central London Alliance have come together to join us in this activation; encouraging the public to revisit the City of London, increasing dwell time and assisting with London’s economic recovery, whilst developing an inspiring and vibrant destination and raising urban attractiveness. Launching our Padel Tennis Festival is just the start. Padel, like all sports, has the power to unite, overcome barriers and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. We hope our padel court will be a place where workers and visitors are a part of London’s newest pioneering spirit, have fun in the city, and build lasting relationships throughout this summer and beyond….”
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