What is Padel?

A quick introduction

Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court, slightly smaller than a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis and the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure. The main differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them (like in squash), and that solid, stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being served must be at, or below, waist level.

The sport was invented in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. It is currently most popular in Hispanic American countries such as Argentina and Mexico as well as in Spain and Andorra, although it is now beginning to spread rapidly across Europe and other continents.

To get a feel for what Padel is all about, check out this video (best-watched in full screen!)...

Padel in Bective

And now Padel has come to Bective, thanks to John Brady. We meet at 11:30am every Saturday morning and John can arrange for the supply of Padel racquets and accessories that you may need for your game.

As a fully qualified and certified Padel coach, John will be able to impart his vast knowledge to you through his innovative and creative approach to lessons. Contact him today and get your Padel on!

If you are interested in trying out Padel, do feel free to join us at our Saturday morning sessions. The cost is only €6 per person (for non-members), which includes bat and ball hire, and instruction from John Brady.

You will need to contact John in advance by text (086 259 6965) or email to confirm your place for the Saturday sessions.

Upcoming Events

Bective Padel Box League 2018

We are introducing a Padel box league and ask you to join in. It is for members of Bective and our ‘PADEL BECTIVE’ WhatsApp group and their friends.

To join just send your name and partners name and mobile number to John Brady asap by text to 086 259 6965. You will be placed in a group of 3 pairs, and John will contact you with details of those in your group.

You play the other 2 pairs in your group. You play first to 9 games. If 8 games all, play a tie break to 7, winning by 2

We suggest you play the 3 matches in 1 session. First to 9 is a good match. Firstly book court for 2 hours. A plays B, then A plays C and finally B plays C. So C can arrive half hour after start and A can leave after their 2nd match if they wish.

Pair who win most matches move up, least wins down. In the event of a tie – games won, games lost, count back etc will decide

Need a partner – contact John. If your partner is on holidays or unavailable, just get someone else or contact John.

Results to John 086 259 6965.

The more we play – the more we will improve. John will attempt to grade pairs but after a couple of rounds the ranking will look after itself


We will also have 2 inaugural events Aug/Sept – 1) a Bective closed tournament for club members and 2) a semi open tournament for all our Padel players and including Bective members. Stay tuned for further details

Club Padel Sessions

We have regular padel sessions for our members on Saturday mornings at 11:30am. Please contact John Brady if you would like to attend. He will also be able to provide you with bats and balls (either on loan or for sale).

Light Tokens

Tokens for Floodlights

Light tokens cost €1.50 each and last for 30 minutes. They are available from the Bar Manager, Mark O'Brien, Club Captain Tom McKeogh, or any member of the committee. Light tokens are also available from Arthur Mayne's pub in Donnybrook.

The machine for the floodlights is situated just outside of Court Nr. 1, adjacent to the back rugby pitch. The padel court is located on court no. 5.

Not sure how to work the floodlights? Check out our very helpful video from the #Bective101 series :)

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