How many padel practitioners do we have in France? We estimate to have reached the barrier of 100 thousand padel practitioners in 2020. Padel is in full development and we observe an increase in the number of practitioners in padel clubs all over France.
The phenomenon is also observed throughout Europe: yes padel is certainly the sport of the 21st century. Yes the padel is growing on all continents. Yes, even nations like Argentina, one of the cradles of the world padel, sees its number of practitioners starting again. Besides, David Nalbandian, the former famous Argentine tennis player returned to padel growth in Argentina over the past 10 years.
And France, since 2013 then after having joined the French Tennis Federation in 2014, sees this sport developing everywhere with particularly strong regions like the Ile de France, Occitanie, PACA or the Hauts de France.
4% of licensees on the number of practitioners in Spain
But difficult to answer with precision on the number of padel players in France. It is not a Franco-French problem. This also concerns the lung of the European padel, Spain. Did you know: Spain has had less than 100.000 padel licensees on average over the last 10 years. Yet this sport has more than 2,5 million practitioners on the Iberian Peninsula. This means that a multiplier of 25 must be applied to the number of Spanish licensees to obtain the number of padel players.
To put it simply, Spain has “only 4% of licensees” out of the total number of practitioners.
250.000 or 100.000 practitioners in France?
With 10.000 padel licensees in France, we would then have 250.000 practitioners in France, if we used the multiplier of 25. But sometimes, you also have to mix these figures with each person's experience to get a clearer picture of the number of practitioners .
First, France is a country of licensees, and the FFT does not hide it. Whether one is for or against, the FFT is always looking for more licensees. It is on the basis of this figure that she considers that she has fulfilled her mission or not.
In tennis, we are close to a million licensees. If the FFT has suffered a significant decline in recent years, the figure remains very high.
Then, if padel remains a very leisure sport which explains the fact that the practitioners do not necessarily want to compete and therefore to be dismissed, French players like to do approved tests. Much more than in Spain.
Thanks to the FFT policy, " the leisure players who want a little spice ” will have the opportunity to participate in P25 tournaments, a new category made to measure to try to have more licensees.
This is why, we started on a multiplier of 10 to obtain the number of practitioners in France, or 100.000 practitioners.
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Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.