Team GB places 5th and 10th in Europe

Team Great Britain achieved the best European results so far placing 5th (Men’s team) and 10th (Ladies team) at the XI European Padel Championships 2017.

This year’s championships, organised by the International Padel Federation, took place in the town of Estoril, Portugal, between the 13th and 18th of November. Fifteen National Men’s teams and eleven National Women’s teams participated.

The Men’s GB team performed incredibly well: they beat Sweden, Belgium and Czech Republic, and were only beaten by the two favourites Spain and Portugal, who came first and second respectively. Nonetheless, it was a great learning experience and the results against Spain in particular were tighter than they have ever been.

The Ladies also made the team proud: they were reading the games and maintaining a very positive attitude throughout every match, despite loosing to two very strong teams in the group stages, The Netherlands and Portugal; and to Poland and Switzerland in the main draw. The experience of playing against some of the best players in the world proved to be an invaluable learning curve for our girls.

This event would have not been possible without the support of our partners. We would like to extend a special thank you to Adidas, PadelShack, Setteo and Babolat for believing in the development of this fantastic sport. Also, thank you to our coaches Mauricio Andrini and Carolina Prado for their continued support.

Men’s Team: Mauri Andrini (Coach), John Leach (Captain), Richard Brooks, Sam Jones, Christian Medina Murphy, Tom Murray, Ryan Wyatt, Graeme Darlington, and Oliver White.

Ladies Team: Carolina Prado (Coach), Tia Norton, Shoko Okamura, Hanna Maddock, Zuzka Patacho Herrero, Bethany Gardner, Paula Asensio, Lizzie Wilson, and Karen Hazzard.

‘El mundo unidos por el deporte’ – ‘The world united by sport’

Great Britain Junior Padel Team gives stunning performance at World Championships in Malaga

 

The XI World Juniors Padel Championships Opening Ceremony saw all the teams parade into the El Candado Beach Club arena, with National flags held aloft as the sun began to set.

GB Team Captain Frankie Batt was honoured to say the players’ oath in English at the ceremony, whilst Spain’s number one did the same in Spanish. Then the teams from all over the world took part in a multinational team hug world record attempt on the beach.

Play began on Monday with the Open Competition in the morning and Boys Team competition in the afternoon. Sean Neave and his partner Sam Jones won their match, as did Frankie and his partner Alfonso Patacho. Ben Burgess and Henry Marais playing in their first ever Championship match lost to an amazing Spanish pair. In the girls Under 14 Open Tilly Payne, and Charlotte Brien were also beaten, but put on a great show for GB.

Both the boys and girls had tough draws in the Team competition, with the boys having to play Portugal and Mexico, and the girls Portugal and Spain, who are the current World Champions. In the Boys Team event that afternoon Ben Burgess and partner Miguel Patacho began well against Portugal, but eventually lost 6 – 4, 6 – 1 to a more experienced Portuguese pair. The Under 16s Sean Neave and Louie Harris and the Under 18s Frankie Batt and Sam Jones also lost, meaning GB would have to win the match against a strong Mexican team the following day to have any chance of qualifying from their group.

The next day there were further wins at Under 18s and Under 16s for the boys in the Open Competition. In the girls Open event the girls Tia Norton and Zuzka Patacho put on a great show. They made it through to the quarter finals of the Under 16s beating Brazil but loosing against Spain, the seeded number one pair.

The Girls Team competition began with Tilly and Charlotte facing the current World Champions in a court packed around with spectators and TV cameras! The girls did their best and were cheered by everyone when they won a point, but were overpowered by the amazing Spanish pair. The Under 16 and Under 18 girls also made GB proud, but the Spanish team are absolutely brilliant, and a real privilege to play against.

The boys then faced Mexico, who they had to beat to have a chance of a medal. It didn’t begin well with Ben and Miguel playing an Under 14 pair who hadn’t dropped a game. They lost 6 – 0, 6 – 0, so Sean and partner Louie had to win. They did it in two sets, 6 – 2, 7 – 6 (tie break) with an amazing performance.

So it was all down to the last match – Frankie and Sam had to play Mexico’s number one player and his partner. The quality of the padel was fantastically high, and the match turned into an amazingly tense three set battle. GB lost the first set in a tie break, but in a nail-biting end to the match won it 6 – 2, 6 – 3. A magnificent performance by Frankie and his partner Sam meant GB boys went through second in their group, and faced hosts and Current World Champions Spain in the next round.

The girls’ match against team Portugal was mixed with the Under 16 pair Tia and Zuzka winning their match, but the Under 14 and Under 18s losing. This means they faced USA next, who they beat, so ended up playing Belgium for 7th place on the last day. After fantastic performances from all the team, they lost the match in the third set, therefore placed 8th in the world.

The boys had a really tough time against Spain. They played on the main show court, against the best in the world, sadly losing all three matches but performing at a really high level. They then met Uruguay very late on Friday night, beating them in some very tense matches. The final day of the Championship they played Brazil, losing two matches to one, and ending up 6th in the world.

The motto of this Championship is ‘El mundo unidos por el deporte’ – ‘The World united by sport’. All the teams taking part have shown the upmost respect for each other on the court, and been sociable and helpful off of it. Worldwide friendships were made between countries’ players, coaching staff and supporters. It has been a truly amazing experience for everyone.

The GB Junior Padel team would like to thank their coach Mauri Andrini, and his assistant Christian Medina Murphy, British Padel, and all their partners and sponsors for their support throughout the Championship. Thank you to:

Our Partners: AdidasBabolat, and PadelShack
Our Sponsors: 
La Reserva SotograndeSotogrande International School, Bristow Property Group – Sotogrande, Abbeygate Insurance, Tailor Made Healthcare solutions and Udesign.

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Team GB at the World Junior Padel Championships 2017

 

We are extremely proud to announce that our juniors will participate at the next World Junior Padel Championships 2017. The event will be held in Malaga, Spain, from October 9th-15th.

The World Junior Padel Championships is the largest international juniors event for padel. Every two years the world’s top boys and girls from each nation compete against each other representing their nations.

This year the number of registrations is at an all time high for the Championships, with a FIP record breaking 450 pairs. Team GB will be competing in the Open Championships and Team Championships, against countries such as Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, and many more. At the last event, hosted in Mexico two years ago our junior team placed third just behind Spain and Argentina.

In the boys team: Frankie Batt (Captain), Alfonso Patacho Herrero, Sam Jones, Sean Neave, Lawrence Morgan, Miguel Patacho Herrero, Henry Marais, Louie Harris, Ben Burgess and Cameron Dollimore.

In the girls team: Tia Norton, Hanna Maddock, Chaney Norton, Katie Morton, Zuzka Patacho Herrero, Matilda Payne, Charlotte Brien.

As coaches; Mauricio Andrini (Boys coach), Carol Prado (Girls coach) and Christian Medina (Coach assistant).

British Padel would like to thank the following sponsors for making entry into such competitions possible: Babolat, Adidas, PadelShack, La Reserva Club Sotogrande, Sotogrande International School, Bristow Property Group, Abbeygate Insurance, U-design, Tailormade Healthcare Solutions, and eZeCars.

Padel and English in London Unites Teens

A group of Bushey Meads School students tried their hand at padel last week at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre with Spanish coach Jacobo Arenaza. Arenaza is temporarily in London, along with a group of 25 participants for a short summer stay organised by Top Talk English Travel. According to their Bushey Meads sports teacher, Ashley Cartledge, the teens loved the sport and can’t wait to play again. Perhaps this is the kind of initiative padel needs to increase its popularity in Britain to levels seen in Spain.

Bushey Meads School supported the project from its onset, since it was a fantastic opportunity for their students to progress in their Spanish studies. It was equally popular with Spanish parents, who were keen on their children practicing English along with their favourite sport – padel. The Spanish participants attend classes daily, both in Spanish and in English, accompanied by a “buddy” from the school. There they help with Spanish conversation and also participate in English classes. After a meal at the school, they go to the leisure centre.

The host families are essential; practising English with the students and even showing students around the city of London on weekends. ‘The kids are delighted with the warm welcome they’ve received at Bushey Meads School and from the host families,’ explains Jacobo Arenaza. ‘I am so pleased to be a part of this project, which really promotes this sport and from an early age so that it can be enjoyed by all’.

Top Talk English Travel is a Spanish-American company specialising in English language immersion trips for teens in the UK, Ireland and the US. The company is offering British teens the opportunity to travel to Spain, improve their Spanish and even play padel!

La Reserva Club, Sotogrande hosts first GB Junior Padel Team coaching clinic

The GB Junior Team with Head coach Mauri Andrini

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The GB Junior Padel Team began its preparation for the XI World Junior Padel Championship this week with a two-day coaching clinic at La Reserva Club, Sotogrande, Spain, led by GB Head coach Mauri Andrini.

The team met for the first time at the brand new padel venue, and were the first players to use the recently finished courts there. La Reserva, Sotogrande is one of GB Junior Padel Team’s lead sponsors.

La Reserva Club in Sotogrande, Cádiz

Two years ago the Team GB Junior boys achieved third place in the world in the Championships in Mexico, and the GB girls came sixth.

In October they will travel to Malaga, Spain to try to improve their world ranking. Spain, as hosts and current world champions will be defending their World title.

The team comprises Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 girls and boys, who will play in two categories: National Team, and World Championship for Pairs.

The main venue is the Club el Candado, to the east of Malaga city, which has seven Crystal padel courts, a 600 spectator capacity central court, and a court one with space for 250 spectators. National teams will be housed in the Colegio Unamuno, which is about two kilometers from El Candado.

Pop-Up Padel lands in Canary Wharf this summer

Pop-Up Padel Canary Wharf 2017

Public Event: 19th June – 5th July, Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf

Brought to you by British Padel – the sport’s acting governing body in the UK – is Pop-Up Padel 2017, an unprecedented world-class event showcasing the fastest growing sport in the world – Padel tennis.

For the first time in the UK, the concept of Pop-Up Padel is introduced through our partnership with Canary Wharf Group, Adidas, Estrella Damm and Aspall. For three weeks this summer Montgomery Square will host the most state-of-the-art Padel court to deliver a high-end experience to anyone wanting to try the sport of padel. Walk-on players will have a chance to play with colleagues and watch London’s first World Padel Tour Exhibition featuring the world’s top players. The Exhibition will take place on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th from 5pm to 9pm.

Padel is the fastest growing sport in the world. It is a racquet sport that originated in Latin America and has attracted over 10 million players worldwide. In Spain alone, where the sport is more popular than tennis, it has attracted over 6 million players. In recent years, the sport has seen high levels of growth in European countries including the UK, Sweden and France.

The sport is a hybrid of tennis and squash, played on a court half the size of a traditional tennis court with surrounding glass walls and using slightly modified equipment. It is a highly sociable sport and does not require high levels of skill when playing at beginner or intermediate levels.

 

For more information about the event visit www.wearepadel.com or email us at hello@wearepadel.com

To book tickets for the World Padel Tour Exhibition visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-padel-tour-london-exhibition-2017-tickets-34975174689?aff=eac2

Team GB secure a top 8 finish at World Padel Championships

Team Great Britain beat 8 countries and claimed 8th position at the XIII WORLD PADEL CHAMPIONSHIPS, which took place last week in Cascais, Portugal.

The World Padel Championships is the largest international event for padel. Every two years the world’s top padel players compete against each other representing their countries.

This year Team GB finished ahead of countries including Portugal, France, Mexico and Sweden, where the sport is much more established and widespread than in the UK. This is a huge achievement for the team and an encouragement to keep growing the sport.

Making it the top 8 for the first time since 1992 has not only marked a turning point in the history of the sport in this country, it also means the British team will receive automatic entry to play the next World Padel Championships in Paraguay, 2018.

British Padel is proud to have the support of Lead Partner Air Europa and Official Partners David Lloyd Leisure, Babolat and Adidas in this exciting moment for the sport.

World Rankings 2016: 

  1. Argentina
  2. Spain
  3. Brazil
  4. Uruguay
  5. Paraguay
  6. Italy
  7. Chile
  8. Great Britain
  9. Portugal
  10. Belgium
  11. France
  12. Germany
  13. Sweden
  14. USA
  15. Austria
  16. Mexico

For enquiries please contact us via email: hello@britishpadel.co.uk

World Padel Championships 2016: Team GB through to finals

Last weekend at the qualifying round of the World Padel Championships 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania, the British team produced a fantastic result for padel in the UK. Team GB managed to beat all 3 countries – The Netherlands, Finland and Lithuania – and classify for the world finals. The event will take place in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, from the 14th to the 20th November.

On social media, Head Coach Mauri Andrini described the result as a ‘huge achievement’ and was very happy with the team’s performance. For the first time the team was formed by three under 18 players – Sam Jones, Christian Murphy and Connor Silkman – who did not let the team down and performed to a very high standard.

British Padel is honoured to have the support of Lead Partner Air Europa and Official Partners Babolat UK and David Lloyd Leisure in this journey. We look forward to more action in November.

For press enquiries please contact: hello@britishpadel.co.uk

Invitational Padel Master Class

Our Men’s National Head Coach Mauri Andrini will be conducting a Padel Master Class at the Chelsea Harbour Club the day before the next British Padel TOUR event.

Note. Only 12 spots available and we expect them to fly – This is first come first serve! 

Minimum standard required of a 3.0 BPRS.

DATE:  Friday (June 17th, 2016)

TIME: 1pm – 4pm

LOCATION: Chelsea Harbour Club

 

See poster for more info and pricing.