Christophe Chaveroche, league director and Development Advisor of Val d'Oise, and Richard Demon, president of TC du Plessis-Bouchard, discuss their ambitions and aspirations to develop this sport.
How do you know the padel?
Christophe Chaveroche (CC) - Richard Demon was the first to embark on the adventure 5 years ago and allowed us to discover the tremendous potential of this sport. In parallel, the FFT has become more and more interested in this sport to the point of integrating it into its statutes and representing it today. Since then, the league has logically embarked on padel development.
Richard Demon (RD) - I fell in the padel pot in Spain 5 years ago. Back in my club Plessis-Bouchard, I proposed to the club to build a padel and there was immediately support from Christophe.
Why do you believe it so much?
CC - This is a very complementary offer with tennis that allows to retain members in clubs, but also to bring new ones. Indeed, whatever his age, his level of play, the practice is fun. To date, 4 Val d'Oisiens clubs have been equipped with shorts and other projects should see the light of day in the coming months.
RD - People outside the club register at Plessis Bouchard. We are at a stage where we are aiming to put a second.
How do you plan to help clubs?
CC - The help of the league is mainly technical, We accompany the clubs to convince the municipalities to finance the infrastructures. The mayor, for an affordable budget, is often very sensitive to the effect that it can bring to the club and its municipality.
RD - The league is very motivated and supports us. That helps. With his support, we will work together for the development of the practice. In September, we are also training young people.
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.