Padel in Solihull
The world’s fastest growing sport
Why Padel @ Solihull Arden?
- Padel Tennis is one of the fastest growing sports in the world
- In Spain Padel is played by around 6 million people
- As a game it is rapidly spreading across Europe
- We want to at the forefront of Padel in Solihull and the Birmingham area.
- It will expand our racquet sport options
Where we are
Excellent news is that our planning application for 4 Padel courts was approved by Solihull Council on 3rd October.
Our intention is to initially build 3 Padel courts, delaying building the fourth court until we get a better handle on demand for the sport in the area. Also within the application we had approval for 10 additional car parking spaces, 6 additional cycle parking spaces as well as a ‘touch tennis’ court next to the Padel courts.
We will continue to work on fund raising and finances until the end of January as we hope to secure at least two more significant grants and we are close to finalising a substantial interest free loan from a national sporting body to cover the balance.
1st February 2020: This is the first major milestone when fund raising will finish and groundwork for the courts can commence.
1st May 2020: This is our aspirational date for completion of the courts to open them over the first weekend in May. Our fall-back is the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 23rd to 25th May.
Project Planning and Management
In parallel with fund raising activity, we will be working on the detailed project plan for construction of the courts, ensuring that we have a credible delivery plan which fully complies with all conditions of the planning approval. We are very pleased to advise that Andy Hall (Senior Squash Member) has offered to manage the project for us and we very much thank him for stepping forward and committing his time.
10 Year Membership
We have already had some take up for the £500 10 year membership.
This is a great deal! Compare it to:
Standard-alone Padel Membership @ £410 p.a.
Tennis or Squash Membership – add Padel for £100 p.a.
This offer is only available to current members of the club who were also members on 30th April 2019.
For members who where 70 or over on 30th April 2019
They will actually get ‘lifetime’ Padel membership if they take up the offer, rather than limited to 10 years.
Any members who qualify as above can take up this offer, be they Playing, Gym or Social. Those who wish to sign up for this offer should email our General Manager, Michelle Moore via the contact form on the website.
In doing so, these members can get their names on the list and pay a deposit of £50. This willwill be refunded, if for some reason we are unable to launch Padel. The deposit can be paid at Membership Services.
Help with Funding
We appeal to all members of Solihull Arden Club to consider donating towards Padel. Any amount is welcome, but for those who donate £50 or more they will be able to have a ‘patio block’ engraved with their choice of personal or corporate message and these blocks will be laid on the new patio area to be built next to the Padel Courts. For donations of £90 or more a double sized ‘patio block’ will be provided with twice the space for your message. Donations will also be eligible for ‘Gift Aid’.
We are already up to £2,000 of member donations so please join those members and help fund Padel and leave your message on the new patio for all time. Business donations for double sized blocks are welcome too.
Please pick up a form from Reception and pledge a donation. Note that funds will be required to be paid in January and will be made via the GiftAid website thereby providing tax benefits too for individual’s donations..!!
- Courts will be bookable via an online system
- Floodlights will have a control mechanism in place
- In off-peak times there will be ‘pay and play’ for non-members