Rocks Lane Plans to Introduce Padel Tennis

Version of sport designed to raise participation coming to Chiswick Back Common

The design of the courts from documents submitted to planning department


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Three padel tennis courts are planned for the Rocks Lane sports facility on Chiswick Back Common.

A planning application has been submitted to Hounslow Council to convert one of the traditional style tennis courts into the new format.

Padel tennis is a format of the game which is being promoted by the Lawn Tennis Association as a way to increase participation in racket sports across the whole spectrum of ages and abilities.

It can be a faster moving game than regular tennis and is played with a stringless bat (paddle) and slightly softer tennis ball using the walls of the court a little like squash.

This means participation is possible from a broader range of physical ability which means it is suitable for families including the very old and the very young.

The court measures 10 metres by 20 metres and has a net at the centre as with a normal tennis court. The game is usually played as doubles and is therefore considered very sociable as opposed to competitive.

The proposal will require the removal of a holly tree to allow sufficient space for the courts but Rocks Lane management say that the perimeter of the existing fence will not be increased.

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May 16, 2020


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