Issue 16 September 2019

Matters

Game, set, match! Padel tennis hits The Triangle

This summer saw the opening of our new Padel Tennis court at The Triangle leisure centre in Burgess Hill.

The new £110,000 court is the first to be built at a local authority leisure centre in the UK. It has been funded entirely by Section 106 developer contributions, financial payments made by housing developers in Burgess Hill that fund local infrastructure improvements.

Padel, which is a cross between tennis and squash, originates in Mexico and is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It is a socially and physically rewarding game for all ages and abilities. Typically played in doubles in the enclosed court, the scoring is the same as tennis, but balls can be played off the walls in a similar way to squash.

If you'd like to give Padel a try you can book the new court via The Triangle website or by calling 01444 876000. Padel is FREE for Premium Membership holders or available for £12 per hour (£8 concession) for non-members.

There is already a Padel League, so you'll never be short of someone to play. For more information just email enquiries@thetriangleleisurecentre.org 


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