Scarborough brings padel to the East Coast
Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club (SRUFC) served up an ace when it celebrated the official opening of the Yorkshire coast’s first community padel facility at its Squash and Rackets Academy.
After a ‘soft’ launch for members following the completion of the facility in February, more than 100 padel enthusiasts attended the grand opening.
Representing principal sponsors Scarborough Group International and Broadlands Properties, Sandra McCabe and Faith Guthrie declared the two courts officially open.
Kevin McCabe, chairman of Scarborough Group International, said: “As a keen padel enthusiast I’m extremely proud to have played a role in helping bring the first community padel tennis courts to the Yorkshire coast. As well as enhancing the range of sporting facilities across the region and the associated health and wellbeing benefits that brings, we’re hopeful that our sponsorship will, in some small part, help to produce a host of future padel stars right here in Scarborough.
p“Corporately we’re looking to introduce padel courts across all of our mixed-use projects to help extend the reach of this fantastic sport into much wider communities while supporting the active wellbeing of our occupiers and residents,” added Kevin.
we’re hopeful that our sponsorship will, in some small part, help produce a host of future padel stars right here in Scarborough.
Graeme Young, CEO at Scarborough RUFC, said “The idea of providing padel courts at Scarborough Squash and Rackets Academy stemmed from several conversations with Kevin, who is somewhat of an advocate for the sport. We’re incredibly grateful to him for his steely determination, as we are for the generosity of all of our sponsors for helping to make this a reality.”
Serrats & Crespo doubles
As part of the celebrations, padel player/coach Javi Serrats and his colleague Alberto Crespo played a doubles exhibition match against recent world, British and Commonwealth Games squash champion Nick Matthew and other local players. Members of the community were also invited to ‘have a hit’ against the professionals to experience the new facility first-hand. 🎾