Padel comes to Withdean! 

Padel is a sport which combines action with fun and social interaction. It’s a great sport for players of all ages and skills, as it is both quick and easy to pick up. Most players get the basics within the first half an hour of playing so that they can enjoy the game.

Padel is not as dominated by strength, technique and serve as it happens in Tennis and therefore is an ideal game for men, women and youth to compete together. An important skill is match-craft, as points are won rather by strategy than by sheer strength and power.

We are so excited to be able to offer this exciting sport to Withdean Sports Complex users! 




  • Same scoring as tennis (15-30-40)
  • Normal deuce at 40-40. However, the top players in the world (World Padel Tour) play a deciding point ("El punto del Oro")
  • Best of 3 sets. One set is up to 6 games. Tie break to 7 points at 6-6 in a set.  


  • Serve diagonally standing behind service line. Returner may stand wherever they like. Two serves as in tennis.
  • The server must first bounce the ball, then hit it below waist level. Server must keep at least one foot on the ground when hitting the serve and feet may not touch/cross the service line while serving.
  • The ball must bounce in the service box opposite before being hit by returner.
  • If it bounces in the box and hits the wire mesh fencing before crossing the service line (on the returner's side), it’s a fault.
  • If the ball hits the net and bounces in the box it’s a let unless it touches the wire mesh fencing before the 2nd bounce.


  • Ball must first bounce on the ground on the opponent's side before hitting a wall.
  • Players may volley instead of letting it bounce (except service return).
  • Players may hit the ball after it has bounced on mesh or glass (on their side) to send it back over the net.
  • Players may hit the ball against glass (side or back wall) on their side in order to return the ball. They may not hit the ball against mesh on their side.
  • As in tennis, the ball may only bounce once on your side, and it may only be hit once.


Hire rates below

  • Weekdays (price per player)
    • 6am to 10am: Members £2/ Non members £4.
    • 10am to 5pm: Members £3/ Non members £5
    • 5pm to 10pm: Members £4/ Non members £6
  • Weekend (price per player)
    • 7am to 10am: Members £2/ Non members £4.
    • 10am to 5pm: Members £4/ Non members £6
    • 5pm to 8pm: Members £3/ Non members £5

Racket hire - £2

Ball purchases per tube - £6+

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