Ripon Tennis Centre seeks local support to build padel courts


Last updated Sep 16, 2021
Ripon Tennis Centre's Indoor Courts

Ripon Tennis Centre has asked locals in the Harrogate district to help fund two padel tennis courts.

The sport is growing in popularity and the crowdfunding project hopes to raise £30,000.

Sport England is making a donation of £10,000 and the Lawn Tennis Association will also be contributing with a loan.

The LTA has recognised padel tennis as an official sport.

Diane Hutchinson, centre manager, said:

“Padel is a great sport, we would love for it to accompany tennis at our centre”

“£30,000 is a lot to raise, we welcome any support whether it be big or small”

“The club welcomes people from all walks of life”

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Padel is a cross between squash and tennis. A padel court is one third the size of a normal tennis court and has glass around the court for the balls to bounce off.

Padel tennis racquets

The crowdfunding campaign has already received some attention, with Rudding Park donating a one night stay and spa day, as well as a golf day, to be sold by Ripon Tennis Centre to help raise money.

Ripon Tennis Centre said it has started to see a rise in new memberships post the pandemic and hopes even more will join after Emma Raducanu’s historic US Grand Slam win.

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