Game4Padel, the UK’s leading padel business, will be officially opening three new padel courts this November at Liverpool Cricket Club.
Padel is reported to be the world’s fastest growing sport, and as such, has attracted a number of high-profile ambassadors including Virgil van Dijk and Dominic Calvert Lewin who have both invested in Game4Padel in 2021.
Padel originally started in Mexico in the 1960s, and is now played in over 100 countries around the world, by an estimated 25 million players. Spain has more than 20,000 Padel courts, and over six million active players – padel is now the country’s second biggest participation sport after football.
In Sweden and Italy the sport grew rapidly during lockdown and in some parts of the Middle East the sport is now part of the national curriculum in schools. Forecasters predict padel will become an Olympic sport by 2032.
Fans of the game include Game4Padel investors Andy Murray and Virgil van Dijk, as well as well-known names such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, David and Cruz Beckham, Jurgen Klopp, Bradley Walsh, Elle MacPherson and Nicole Scherzinger.
The courts at Liverpool Cricket Club will be officially opened on Saturday 4 November. Anyone is welcome to attend from 9am onwards to take part in padel clinics, learn more about the sport and watch an exhibition padel match.
Free Padel Coaching Clinics – 4 November
The courts at Liverpool Cricket Club are open for anyone to use, regardless of whether they are members of the Club. Courts must be booked in advance via the Matchi app, details of which can be found on the Game4Padel website.
Dave Scanlon, Chairman of Liverpool Cricket Club, commented, “Padel is going to be a great addition at Liverpool Cricket Club. We have seen how popular the game is becoming all around the UK and expect the courts to be in high demand from people who already use the club facilities, as well as those who live in the local area. We encourage anyone who fancies trying something new to come down and try it out for themselves.”
Game4Padel Co-Founder and CEO, Michael Gradon added: “Padel is a highly social game so we think it will do really well here at Liverpool, where there is a community of active people already. The beauty of padel is it’s really easy to pick up and master, so you don’t need any previous racket experience to have a good game, whatever your age or ability.”
Game4Padel already has the most venues around the UK including:
- Thistle Padel Club, Edinburgh
- The Padel Yard, Wandsworth, London
- Barnton Park LTC, Edinburgh
- Windsor Penarth LTC, Penarth
- Huddersfield LT&SC, Yorkshire
- Broxbourne Sports Club, Hertfordshire
- Heron Tennis Centre, Newquay
- Ipswich Sports Club, Suffolk
- Withdean Sports Club, Brighton
- Parabola Edinburgh Park business park
- West View Better Leisure, Preston
- Virgin Active Chiswick Riverside, London
- GolfIt!, Glasgow
- Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London
- Bloom Heathrow London, Bedfont Lakes
- Better Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City
- Grappenhall Sports LTC (opening soon)
- Chesham 1879 Sports Club
The company also has overseas venues in Melbourne, Australia and in Spain and has a further 30 venues secured to open in the UK and is in discussions regarding approximately 50 additional venues across the UK.
Game4Padel boasts a diverse group of experienced UK investors and ambassadors, including former world no.1 tennis players Andy and Jamie Murray, Liverpool FC and Dutch international footballer, Virgil van Dijk, TV stars and former British number 1 tennis players Annabel Croft and Andrew Castle, and Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies. The company’s Chief Executive is Michael Gradon, a former FTSE 100 main board director and longstanding Commercial and Finance Chair of the Wimbledon Championships.
Game4Padel offers to partner with a wide range of venues, including sports clubs, leisure centres, parks, schools, universities and, increasingly, commercial venues. Its capital and technical expertise enables it to finance, install, maintain and operate padel courts in any setting. The company also creates bespoke coaching and playing programmes, events, tournaments, and engagement activities for children and schools.
For more information, please visit Game4padel.com.