RT Padel was created by two friends, Toby Bawden and Richard Hall-Smith. Toby a highly skilled sportsman who excelled particularly in lawn tennis graduated at the university of Essex in sports science. After his successful time at University Toby pursued a career in lawn tennis coaching where he was one of the highest qualified coaches with the LTA and coached across the world. Richard spent his time in real tennis (the oldest racquet sport in the world), he turned professional at just 16 and began touring the world competing in the biggest real tennis events. Richard not only had a decorated career as a player but also as a manager of real tennis facilities running clubs in the UK, France and the USA.
Toby and Richards love for padel began with a trip to La Manga Club with friends, they then met there coach to be Jorge Rodríguez Martínez who showed them the game of padel. Many trips out to Spain later they realised that not only was this a sport they loved but they also began to dream of bringing this sport to the UK. They persuaded Prested hall tennis club to build two indoor courts where they over saw the construction and then began to run the club building up over 300 players in year 1, the dream was always to own their own club and in August 2018 that became reality when the first RT Padel Centre was born. The RT Padel centre owned and run by RT Padel is in wonderful vibrant town of Maldon, Essex, 3 outdoor courts with the possibility of 3 more coming!
After our first 2 years working in padel we have many branches and expertise to our business, we are the official UK and Ireland distributor of one of the biggest brands in padel 'Dropshot', we are the coach co-ordinators for the British padel coaches association, we run padel holidays to La Manga club, Spain and we are the UK base for the padel court constructors Padel creations International. Padel Creations International is our strategic alliance partner for the supply and installation of our padel courts in the UK. Their knowledge base, quality and service level matches very well with our business philosophy and have proven to be the best complement for our external expansion. One of our biggest success stories is the number of successful events we have ran across Europe, we launched the RT Padel tour in 2018 with a variety of sponsors supporting this project. The most recent venture has been the launch of the RT Padel junior academy, being just a month old we boast over 50 under 16's taking part so far and it continues to grow!