History of Paddington Sports Club

Over 100 years of sporting history!

Paddington Sports Club is a hidden gem and occupies a prestigious position in the heart of Maida Vale.

From the outside, it gives little sign of its distinguished past. However, beneath the surface, this historic Club is a haven of civilised calm rich in over 100 years of history.

Although it is now a multi-sport venue, the Club was first founded in 1905 as a single bowling green on the edge of Paddington Recreation Ground, with a nearby horses’ stable used as a changing room.

In need of another new home due to an increase in popularity, the Club moved to its current location on Castellain Road in 1928.

It was here that two-time Wimbledon champion Kathleen "Kitty" McKane Godfree was made guest of honour at the opening of the Club’s new Clubhouse, two bowling rinks, 9 tennis courts, and putting green.

By 1935, Paddington Sports Club had staged an international bowls encounter between England and Australia, witnessed eight-time Grand Slam champion Fred Perry lift the Club’s Open Championship on our courts in 1931, and hosted the Lawn Bowls events during the 1934 Commonwealth Games.

Affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), over the years the Club’s tennis courts have also played host to a number of sporting legends other than Fred Perry, i.e., 1976 French Open champion Sue Barker.

In the 116 years since 1905, Paddington Sports Club has never stood still. The Club has constantly improved the facilities for its members – most notably with the addition of a fully equipped gym and two state of the art squash courts.

We are proud to say the Club continues to maintain many fine traditions and rules that have served it well for generations.

Today, with over 2,000 members, Paddington Sports Club has grown exponentially from those early beginnings to become one of the most successful sports clubs in the capital.

Join us today and be part of our history!