The Scottish club that’s buzzing after lockdown!

West of Scotland Padel (WOSP) have made great use of the lockdown to ensure its members and visitors can resume playing padel in a much-improved environment.

WOSP, Scotland’s only indoor padel club recently extended the lease with the landlords with slightly enhanced terms based on the club’s commitment to making improvements. This has now been achieved with the removal of overhead industrial pipe and aged heating system, which was replaced by a brand-new overhead heating system.

Further to this new floodlighting was added to the two outer courts, meaning all three courts are fully floodlit by LED lighting. These are the main ‘on court’ improvements which not only improve lighting conditions, but the pipe removal allows for very high lobs, despite being an indoor venue – possibly the highest padel roof of all UK indoor venues.

The former shop has been converted into a Member’s Lounge where post-match refreshments can be enjoyed, or simply view centre court matches. The lounge opens into a viewing corridor behind all three courts, which now thanks to the new heating allow members/guests & spectators a more comfortable temperature to view games or congregate prior to club events during winter months.

In addition to the ‘on court’ improvements and heating, the club have added a new door entry system, and a mini gym adjacent to front door for pre-match warm-ups.

Regardless of the work as above, our committee were not satisfied to sit back and watch all these improvements – they got sleeves rolled up and got immersed in the operation clear up. The full hall has been cleaned, surroundings painted, courts brushed, and the showers/toilets given a full make over. Naturally, the committee are rightly proud of their lockdown achievement and very excited to welcome the membership back on court as soon as government rules permit.

And finally, as if all of the above was not enough, the committee decided to reduce our monthly membership on a trial basis to £40 per month and waive any joining fee in our quest to grow our membership by 33%, which should see our long term future secured. We are a registered charity club operating not for profit and eligible for funding, however our sustainability is contingent on membership growth and generating court revenue from guests. Help us spread the word.

At West of Scotland Padel, we are very pleased to be one of the first registered padel venues of the LTA and all the benefits such affiliation brings. Thanks to LTA we have a new website and public liability insurance, access to coaching and one of many venues selected to host official LTA tournaments.

In September, WOSP welcome competitors from throughout the UK and beyond to contest the GB Seniors Padel Tour. There are three categories; Gents +40 years, Gents +50 years & Ladies +40 years. (Save the dates – Fri 11thSeptember – Sunday 13th September)

In November, WOSP welcome the absolute cream of the British padel community, with all the top players competing in what may be the only grade 1 event of 2020 due to the pandemic impacting on two of the earlier planned events. We are particularly excited to see competitors that previously attended our club to see for themselves all the changes, and no doubt they’ll enjoy a ‘warmer’ welcome from our new heating system!

 

Article by:


David McCulloch

President WOSP