Enjoy tennis and padel at Park Startbaan

Frequently asked questions about tennis

Park Startbaan has 12 outdoor courts and 5 indoor hard courts. To play on the outdoor courts, membership of the LTC Startbaan tennis club is required during the summer season (April 1 to November 1). During the winter months, from November 1 to April 1, there are always some outdoor courts open for play without membership, in suitable weather conditions. The indoor courts are accessible to everyone in summer and winter without membership.

LTC Startbaan has its own website where all information about the association and membership can be found.
You can rent rackets at the Sports Café. Balls can be purchased at the Sports Café.

All lessons and training at Park Startbaan for young and old, brought together in one tennis school: The Majors Tennis Academy.

Xander Spong and Rachel Gans, initiators and owner, say the following on their website: We strive to be a leading Tennis Academy where quality and fun go hand in hand. Our goal is to inspire players to discover their passion for tennis, develop personally and experience lasting pleasure from being involved in this wonderful sport.

Lessons and training are provided by the coaching team of The Majors Tennis Academy. Membership of the LTC Startbaan association is required for lessons on the outdoor courts in the summer season (April 1 to November 1). More information can be found here.

In addition, the club tennis school trainers and other trainers are active on the indoor courts in both summer and winter.

It is best to do this via the Park Startbaan reservation system. This makes it easy to see when a tennis court is available. After you have registered for the first time, you can reserve, book and pay online. Reservations can also be made by telephone via the Sportcafé on 020-6455666.

That depends on whether you rent a tennis court once or for a longer period of time. All rates are listed here on the website. Members of LTC Startbaan receive a discount on the individual rental of tennis courts in both summer and winter.

Frequently asked questions about padel

This new tennis variant is conquering the world and also the Netherlands. It looks like a mix of squash and tennis. It is already one of the fastest growing sports in the world and Spain is leading the way! In Spain padel is the second sport after football.
If you come to Spain, then you have probably seen the padel courts. Its size is a third of a tennis court and the walls are glass. The ball can bounce off any wall but can only hit the ground once before being returned. Similar to tennis.
The padel racket is short, without wire but with holes in the surface. You use a low compression tennis ball and you always serve underhand.

Padel is a sport that combines action with fun and social interaction. It’s a great sport for players of all ages and abilities because it’s both quick and easy to learn. Most players learn the basics within the first half hour of playing so they can quickly enjoy the game.

Padel is not as dominated by strength and technique as tennis and is therefore an ideal game for men, women and young people to play together. An important skill is competition smarts, as points are gained through strategy and tactics rather than pure strength and technique.

The ball can bounce off any wall but may only hit the ground once before being knocked back. When the ball bounces twice into the opponent’s court, a point is scored. The game is played with a short racket without strings and with an elastic surface with holes, and with a low-compression tennis ball. The service is underhand. Strokes are played before or after the ball bounces off the surrounding glass walls, adding a unique dimension to the sport over conventional tennis.

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The scores and rules are similar to tennis, with the main difference being that the serve in padel is underhand and balls can be played from the glass walls in the same way as in squash. The rules allow the use of the back and sidewalls, resulting in longer rallies than a conventional tennis match.
The more extensive rules can be found here, as well as a youtube film with the explanation of the rules by the KNLTB.

Rackets can be rented for 2.50 euros each time at the Sportcafé Startbaan. The somewhat softer padel balls are also for sale at the Sports Café.
If you have a taste for padel, then of course you buy your padel racket yourself.

The reservations are opened two weeks in advance, which can be reached via this link. You pay online with Ideal.
Cancellation is possible, at least 24 hours in advance.

Padel can actually be played in all weather conditions. Water on the track is immediately drained off via the water-permeable foundation. Just like football and hockey, padel is an outdoor sport that can also be played when it rains. If you don’t like it and you see rain coming on the weather forecast, cancellation is possible at least 24 hours in advance.

In exceptional weather conditions (ice and snow for example) the courses can be declared unplayable only by the groundsman. Then a refund of the paid booking can be requested. See at cancel.

Welcome to Padel Park Startbaan, the place to be to take your padel game to the next level! The Majors Tennis & Padel Academy will provide lessons from April 1, 2024. Whether you are new to the game or have some experience, our experienced padel trainers are ready to guide you.

At The Majors it’s all about fun and personal attention. Our lessons are challenging, but above all fun, and suitable for all ages and levels. Whether you want to train solo, play with a buddy or practice in a group, we offer flexible options to suit you.

Regardless of your age or level, our goal is to enrich your padel experience and help you achieve your goals. And for the younger players we have special youth lessons, so that they too can enjoy the game of padel!

Do you want to improve your strokes or master specific techniques? Register now for a series of 5 or 10 lessons in the spring of 2024.

In addition to the lessons, we also offer padel clinics, perfect as a team building activity for companies or for groups of friends! Are you interested in the possibilities? Please feel free to contact us via info@themajorstennisacademy.nl. We are happy to help you!