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Calgary’s first-ever indoor Padel courts

Aforza has partnered with Padel Canada to install Calgary’s first-ever indoor Padel courts. There are three courts inside our building and available for booking by both public and members during regular business hours. The courts are installed as part of a trial from August 2021 to September 2022.

What is Padel?

Padel is a unique mixture of tennis and squash. It is played over a tennis net, using the tennis scoring system and tennis balls, but on a 10- x 20-metre court with enclosed glass walls — much like a squash court.

Why would a tennis player want to play Padel?

Padel combines action, fun and social interaction. It’s a great sport for players of all ages and skills because it is easy to pick up and becomes more intense as a player’s skill level improves. Most players get the basics within the first half hour of playing, which allows them to enjoy the game right away.
Tennis skills are easily transferred to the sport of Padel (i.e. volleys, overheads, return of serve) but playing on a smaller court and being able to use the walls add a new elements of fun and make the rallies more exciting and longer. If the balls gets by you in tennis the point is over, but with Padel you can play it off the wall.

Padel history

Padel was created in South America in 1969 and is now hugely popular in many European and Latin American countries. In Spain it is now second only to football in participation numbers. The number of courts in the UK has doubled in just one 18-month period. Padel is often said to be the fastest-growing sport in the world and one of the most fun and addictive.

Tennis players naturally gravitate to Padel. Just ask Daniel Nester, former #1-ranked doubles player in the world and a Davis Cup player for Canada. Daniel loves the sport so much that he is spearheading two new locations for indoor Padel in Canada. Rafa Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Martina Hingis are also enthusiastic about this sport.

  • check-markFun at all levels and very social
  • check-markEasy to play
  • check-markPeople with injuries can play competently and have fun
  • check-markAt the highest levels it’s a very physically demanding sport
  • check-markAt the recreation level the physical demand is mild to moderate
  • check-markSuitable for all ages
  • check-markAffordably priced with four people per game

Play Padel

Aforza will take the top 24 players into this league based on results from the AE Cross Monday Night Open League Play and the Padel Canada National rankings. Participants will be put into 6 round-robin pools of 4 players. Over 3 weeks, players will play a full 2 out of 3 set matches with each one of the other players in their round-robin pool. After the 3 weeks is completed, the player with the most favourable record will move up to the next round-robin pool. The person with the least favourable record will move down to the pool below. The other two players will remain in the same pool. In the top pool, only the person with the least favourable record will move down and in the bottom pool, only the person with the most favourable record will move up.

September 13 – December 6 (no League on October 11 due to Thanksgiving)

7-10 pm (7-8:30 pm for the top 3 pools and 8:30-10 pm for the bottom 2 pools)

Public $235 (includes $10 guest fee for each session)
Member $115

Aforza will run a beginner Padel night for players new to or with little experience in the game. A coach will be present to provide tips to the participants, organize the teams and join in to create even numbers. This is a great way to meet other players at your level, so you can organize fun games on your own throughout the week. We will allow people to drop into this program, but there will be a discount for signing up for the whole session.

September 21 – December 7

Session 1: 7-8:30 pm
Session 2: 8:30-10 pm

Public $235 (includes $10 guest fee for each session)
Public drop-in fee $22 (includes $10 guest fee)
Member $115
Member drop-in fee $12

Aforza will take the top 24 players into this league based on discussions with PAC, APA and the organizers of the Tuesday Night AE Cross B League Play. Participants will be put into 6 round-robin pools of 4 players. Over 3 weeks, the players will play a full 2 out of 3 set match with each one of the other players in their round-robin pool. After the 3 weeks is completed, the player with the most favourable record will move up to the next round-robin pool. The person with the least favourable record will move down to the pool below. The other two players will remain in the same pool. In the top pool, only the person with the least favourable record will move down and in the bottom pool, only the person with the most favourable record will move up.

September 22 – December 8

7-10 pm (7-8:30 pm for the top 3 pools and 8:30-10 pm for the bottom 2 pools)

Public $235 (includes $10 guest fee for each session)
Member $115

Aforza will take the top 24 players into this league based on discussions with PAC, APA and the organizers of the Thursday Night AE Cross A League Play. Participants will be put into 6 round-robin pools of 4 players. Over 3 weeks, the players will play a full 2 out of 3 set match with each one of the other players in their round-robin pool. After the 3 weeks is completed, the player with the most favourable record will move up to the next round-robin pool. The person with the least favourable record will move down to the pool below. The other two players will remain in the same pool. In the top pool, only the person with the least favourable record will move down and in the bottom pool, only the person with the most favourable record will move up.

September 16 – December 9 (no League on November 11 due to Remembrance Day)

7-10 pm (7-8:30 pm for the top 3 pools and 8:30-10 pm for the bottom 2 pools)

Public $235 (includes $10 guest fee for each session)
Member $115

Once a month, Aforza will run a social that is geared to a specific group of Padel players such as juniors, seniors, beginners, intermediate players and open players. Aforza will put out a calendar of events by August 1 for Padel members and guests to view. All registration will be done via Court Reserve (Aforza’s online booking software). 

Participants must have an approved account on Court Reserve to register. The fees for these socials will be as follows:

Public $25 (includes $10 guest fee)
Member $15

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Aforza will host a tournament once per month to help build a national ranking for Padel Canada. We will use a compass format or similar for all events to ensure that each team gets to play a minimum of 3 matches per weekend. The fees for these events will be as follows:

Public $70 (includes $10 daily guest fee)
Member $40

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