The Jersey Padel Club is hoping to move to the venue to give itself a permanent base from which to teach and run competitions. The club had previously been using the Island’s only existing padel facility at St Clement’s Golf & Sports Centre.
Plans were also recently submitted by former Wimbledon doubles competitor Scott Clayton, on behalf of his new venture Island Padel, to build three new padel courts at the St Clement facility.
The courts are being paid for by £425,000 from the government’s Fiscal Stimulus Fund which was granted to Island Padel in the first tranche of payments.
Richard Brocken, founder of the Jersey Padel Club, said the construction of new facilities was needed to cope with the sport’s increasing popularity.
‘Although our primary purpose of moving to the Caesarean was to give us a permanent base, I think the construction of multiple courts is a reflection of the growing popularity of the sport,’ he said.
‘The reason so many people have taken to it is because it is open to anyone. The close proximity of the court makes it suitable for all ages and abilities and, since I started Jersey Padel Club, the whole ethos has been centred around making it accessible for all.’
Mr Brocken said he had ‘massive plans’ for the club once its move to the Caesarean was complete. He hopes that the proposed courts will be built by the end of the year. ‘We want to be putting on lessons, hosting competitions and running regular taster sessions, all while using the facilities and club house available at the Caesarean. Padel has such a great social aspect and we want to build on its surging popularity and continue to grow the sport in the Island,’ he said.