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Press Release - April 30th

Padel England Association launches new / first multi-court facility – IN LONDON

Padel England Association (PEA) this month launches another Padel facility, to bring the fastest growing sport closer to the people. Part-Funding the build of 4 indoor courts in the heart of the city, to grow the game. Running  courses, tasters, leagues and tournaments by an expert team of Padel coaches, trained and qualified by the PEA, a not-for profit organization formed by players, Padel professionals and sport developers to govern and grow Padel in England.

All 4 courts (the largest indoor facility in Europe outside of Spain) are wheelchair accessible, PEA certified and meet the standards of the Padel Pro Tour. The great introduction of wheelchair access is a groundbreaking opportunity to create a new sport with no borders or limitations.

The new facility is part of a large investment Padel England Association is making to help grow the platform in the United Kingdom. The Pre-Launch opening honor was given to 600 children from Tower Hamlets, who were given taster sessions and lessons during the Tower Hamlets Community Games on April 11th, followed by a Disability program on April 13th. PEA, a not-for profit organization formed by players, Padel professionals and sport developers to govern and grow Padel in England.

With an estimate of 10 million players worldwide, Padel, which originates from Mexico, and today is hugely popular in Spain and Argentina, is considered to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

The fast-paced game, always played in doubles, and similar to tennis, has glass panels at each end of the court, which allows for rebounds. Using a Padel bat and Padel ball, the sport also differs from tennis in that it has an underarm serve.

Erik de Wit, PEA Chief Executive, said: “Padel England has been working tirelessly to spread the word about this fantastic sport, which has millions of fans all over the world, many of them living in the United Kingdom. I believe, that if we structure the logistical side, the game will be played by one million people in the UK by 2015”

After forming a partnership with David Lloyd Leisure, who have recently invested in bringing three courts to David Lloyd Leisure, with the potential to develop more, the new facility is one of the next steps. Furthermore the PEA signed an agreement with the Padel Pro Tour, end of March 2012, which strengthens the platform to build Padel in the United Kingdom. Padel England Association is proud to be the vehicle to create the long needed platform for growing sports in the UK.

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For more information about the press release, contact Padel England Association press office on 02032396062 or email Padel Tasters can be arranged via the press office.