South Africa’s largest indoor Padel Courts to open in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town
Inospace, announces the opening of the country's first multi-court indoor Padel centre at one of its flagship Paarden Eiland parks.
Launched by Epic Padel, the complex - known as the Epic Padel EPICENTRE- at The Island will be home to four double courts, a single court, pro shop, café, workspace with free wi-fi and change room facilities. This positions the site as the premier destination for Padel in Cape Town.
Sweeping the world by storm, Padel is a cross between Tennis and Squash, taking the best of these sports to create a fun, easy game. Padel is played on an Astroturf court enclosed by glass walls that players can bounce the ball off. Using a bat instead of a racquet further helps make Padel accessible to all ages and easy to pick up.
"The trajectory of Padel over the last five to 10 years has been unbelievable. Over 10,000 courts have popped up across Europe in the past two years alone. Given this growth and the sporty nature of South Africans, we felt it was the right time to help encourage the sport locally," says Epic Padel's Elian Wiener, who along with his co-founders Fives Futbol and Ricky Lewis, launched the business in South Africa in 2021.
Padel players are able to book courts via the Playtomic app, while Padel bats are available for rent at the venue. Bats, balls and other Padel merchandise from some of the world’s biggest Padel brands, such as Adidas, Volt and Head, will also be sold at our fully stocked pro shop.
We will also be offering coaching for all levels of players, as well as socials, tournaments and leagues, the details of which will be communicated via our social media channels as well as on WhatsApp groups and newsletters.
Membership packages are also available, which offer benefits such as a 20% discount on court bookings as well as the ability to book courts in advance of non-members.
"Collaborating with Epic Padel allows us to demonstrate how we are re-imagining industrial real estate. Alongside the renowned indoor climbing destination, CityROCK, Epic Padel's joining our community of clients is proof that traditional industrial areas are being transformed into buzzing commercial nodes," says Inospace Group COO Jacques Weber.
Paarden Eiland forms part of Inospace's industrial regeneration programme – an initiative unlocking the potential of traditional industrial zones. By introducing modern, people-centric spaces and services, Inospace is helping regenerate traditional industrial areas into multi-functional business nodes without the need to demolish heritage buildings or displace residents.
The new set of courts marks the fourth centre opened by Epic Padel between Johannesburg and Cape Town in the last year. For Wiener, the decision to locate their latest centre in Paarden Eiland was a natural one.
"We had many requirements for the space. It needed to be centrally located and large enough to accommodate several indoor courts and enough area to create the social atmosphere of a club. Inospace could have far more easily leased it to an industrial or logistics tenant with simpler needs. But, they bought into our vision of what we are trying to create: a space that makes a positive impact in the community where people can get fit, have fun and build relationships," says Wiener.
"Paarden Eiland has a long history in the development of the Western Cape. Its location is next to the Cape Town harbour and 10 minutes to the CBD and other Atlantic seaboard residential areas. It is brilliantly connected to various public transport links and major highways. The area has already seen residential rezoning along Marine Drive, and the MyCiti Bus route runs through the suburb into the city. We currently own and manage six parks in the suburb, which measure over 60,000 square metres and are valued at overR500million. We are delighted to bring Cape Town's second indoor Padel facility to Inospace and Paarden Eiland. It's proof that leading businesses and brands are choosing to call Paarden Eiland and Inospace home," says Weber.