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Notts County FC to create four Padel Tennis courts at Meadow Lane

Four padel tennis courts will be created on disused land next to Notts County Football Club’s Meadow Lane stadium after the club was granted planning permission by the council.

Padel is a form of tennis played mainly in doubles format on an enclosed court, roughly a third the size of a standard tennis court, and can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities.

Players serve the ball underhand and use the walls surrounding the court as part of the game, with the ball allowed to bounce off them.

It is believed to be one of the fastest-growing sports across continental Europe, with planning documents stating it has gained increased popularity in countries such as Spain – where more than six million people play.

Documents approved by Nottingham City Council last week show Notts County FC are looking to take advantage of the increasing trend, lodging plans for four covered courts on land near its Kop stand.

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The club will transform the vacant land near the Kop stand on Iremonger Road into the four padel courts, which measure 20 metres in length and 10 metres wide.

The courts will be enclosed with a rebound wall used in the sport, with the games to be played on a synthetic turf surface.

Documents state the courts will be floodlit, while the club will also build additional buildings to include two toilets, a covered seating area and vending machines.

The courts and new building will be accompanied by 56 car parking spaces, including 50 regular spaces, two accessible spaces and a further three electric charging ports.

An on-site cycle shelter will also accommodate eight bicycles, the documents add, while the site will be accessed via a reconfigured entry point off Iremonger Road.

In the documents, approved by Nottingham City Council on December 16, the club’s application states: “Padel is a form of tennis that is easy to play, fun and extremely sociable.

“It is played mainly in a doubles format on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court and can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities, as it is not power-dominant.

“The rules are broadly the same as tennis, although you serve underhand and the walls are used as part of the game with the ball allowed to bounce off them.

“Notts County Football Club are looking to create a suite of four covered padel tennis courts with associated facilities on the land to the rear of the Kop stand.

“Vehicular access to the reconfigured car park will be via Iremonger
Road.”

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