La Reserva Club, Sotogrande
The GB Junior Padel Team became the first players to use the brand new padel courts at La Reserva Club, Sotogrande last week, as the squad got together for its first training clinic.
The players arrived from all over Great Britain to join Sotogrande International School players, Frankie Batt, Ben Burgess and Charlotte Brian in what was the first in a series of clinics as they prepare for the World Junior Padel Championship in October in Malaga.
GB head coach Mauri Andrini, who was competing in the World Padel Tour event up the coast in Mijas, was there with the team for two days, and also held an open invitation clinic for Sotogrande International School students.
Mauri, who is ranked number one in the British Padel Tour spent time with more than a dozen students, ranging from teenaged tennis players to very young students, some of whom had never picked up a padel bat before.
Team building and training for Team GB
For the GB Junior Padel Team it was a tough two-day training session. Getting to know each other and getting the team to work together were both aims of the clinic. Some of the players had met before at the World Championship in Mexico, where GB came third. But for some of the younger players from Sotogrande International School it was the first session playing in the GB squad.
All the players worked hard at numerous drills and practices, and then moved on to training matches, followed by a well-earned lunch at La Reserva Club.
The Sotogrande International School students who attended the open invitation clinic were lucky enough to work with GB number one Mauri, and some of the older GB team players like Captain, Frankie Batt.
Open door sessions on the new courts
La Reserva Club, Sotogrande is holding an open-door weekend for its new padel courts this weekend (July 15th and 16th). Playing on the padel or tennis courts will be free all weekend, from 9am until 9pm.