09/26/2022

Wales News Online

Local & National News for Wales

Rugby legend Jonathan Davies backs idea for padel tennis proposal

A FAST-GROWING racket sport which combines elements of tennis with squash could be a smash hit for Langland, according to Wales rugby legend Jonathan Davies.

He and Newton councillor Will Thomas are now calling on Swansea Council to support the concept of padel tennis when it markets an area of the seafront for potential development.

Padel tennis originates from Mexico and is normally played by four players, who wield string-less rackets.

The rules and scoring generally follow those of tennis and the courts – around a third of the size of a tennis court – have a net.

But they are enclosed like in squash, and it is the glass and mesh enclosure which adds an extra dimension, lengthening rallies and opening up all sorts of angles.

The council is appointing agents to market the two tennis courts closest to Alma Road and adjacent toilet block for potential development.

Former Wales fly-half Mr Davies, who lives in the area, said: “You might not have heard of padel tennis but I urge you to Google it.

“Padel is a four-player game that can be played by all ages and is one of Europe’s fastest-growing sports.

“It really is a great game I have played many times abroad and Langland is the perfect place for it.”

Cllr Thomas agreed, saying he hoped council chiefs would consider the benefit of a padel court to the area when they eventually came to a decision.

“I’m also proposing hot showers, changing facilities and better public toilets when the council advertise this site in the near future,” said Cllr Thomas, who is also vice-chairman of Mumbles Community Council.

The community council is taking over three of Langland’s six tennis courts – once graced by a very young Andy Murray – from the county council, and plans to upgrade them and the retaining wall alongside.

Cllr Thomas said the community council had asked Swansea Council to consider creating a padel court at Langland two years ago.

The Langland area up for potential redevelopment is one of four sites at or near the seafront which the county council is exploring for different future use.

The other three are land at the bottom of Sketty Lane, the Blackpill Lido site and the West Cross skate ramp area.

Cabinet recommended looking into detailed design briefs for the Sketty Lane and Blackpill Lido plots at a meeting last December.

The West Cross skate ramp area has planning consent for a brand new skate park, but the council has asked the applicants – Mumbles Community Council – to have an independent survey carried out to consider other potential skate park sites.

Referring to the padel tennis suggestion for Langland, a county council spokesman said: “We are currently in the process of procuring agents to market the site.

“Any developer would be required to provide and maintain new public toilet facilities and the council would like to see a mix of commercial and leisure facilities on the site.

“However any and all development proposals are welcome for consideration.”

You are in breach of copyright
error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: