Four padel tennis courts will be created on a disused land next to Notts County Football Club’s Meadow Lane stadium after the club has been granted a building permit by the council.
Padel is a form of tennis played primarily in doubles on an enclosed court, about one-third the size of a standard tennis court, and can be played in groups of varying ages and abilities.
Players serve the ball from below and use the walls surrounding the pitch as part of the game, with the ball able to bounce off them.
It is believed to be one of the fastest growing sports in continental Europe, with planning documents indicating it has grown in popularity in countries like Spain – where more than six million people play. .
Documents approved by Nottingham City Council last week show Notts County FC are looking to capitalize on the upward trend by offering plans for four indoor courts on a pitch near their Kop stand.
The club will transform the vacant land near the Kop stand on Iremonger Road into four padel courts, which are 20 meters long and 10 meters wide.
The courts will be surrounded by a bounce wall used in sport, with games to be played on a synthetic turf surface.
Documents say the courts will be lit, while the club will also construct additional buildings to include two restrooms, a covered seating area and vending machines.
The courts and the new building will be accompanied by 56 parking spaces, including 50 regular spaces, two accessible spaces and three other electric charging stations.
An on-site bicycle shed 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 request states: “Padel is an easy to play, fun and extremely sociable form of tennis.
“It’s mostly played in doubles on an enclosed field about a third the size of a tennis court and can be played in groups of varying ages and abilities because it’s not dominant.
“The rules are basically the same as in tennis, although you serve from below and the walls are used as part of the game with the ball allowed to bounce off them.
“The Notts County Football Club is looking to create a suite of four indoor padel courts with associated facilities on the pitch behind the Kop stand.
“Vehicle access to the reconfigured car park will be via Iremonger