Padel Magazine – Padel Magazine has been invited to Sanset Padel Indoor in the North of Madrid to discover the biggest indoor padel club in the world with among others its 32 paddle courts. JORGE TARODO, the director of the club, allows us to better understand his state of mind and how to approach the padel in Spain, but also more generally. A very interesting interview to follow in its entirety and in French version via the following link:
You can also read this interview thanks to Frédéric Bertucat's translation:
Padel Magazine (PM) - Can you present your background and tell us why this padel club?
Jorge Tarodo (JT) - My name is Jorge Tarodo, I am the manager of the indoor club sanset padel, which is located north of Madrid. The club has been open for two and a half months and responds to an initiative from us. Indeed the climate we have in Madrid is wet during 6 months of the year and very hot during 4 months. With other padel players we decided to develop this ideal padel club. We realized that there was a huge interest to do this in the north of Madrid because it is the most sporty area of Madrid with good purchasing power compared to the south of Madrid. We did 32 terrains where the temperature oscillates between 8 and 28 degrees. In this club there is no wind nor rain or snow. Players always play under the same conditions. Only the speed of the ball can change according to the temperature. But nearly 90% of people who come to play padel, the condition is the same. The prices are the same as the outdoor clubs.
PM: How many players are there at Sanset?
JT: With padel pitch and fitness we have about 1000 people a day. 300 for fitness and 700 for padel. I mean 1000 people a day
PM: Do your members come only for the padel?
JT: For both things. They come to 75% for Padel and 25% for Gymnasium. All the facilities we have done revolve around the padel. We did a gym specialized in aerobics, fitness, Spinning, bike, to reinforce padel training.
PM: There is currently a padel tournament, how many days does it play?
JT: Every week there are about 3 tournaments per week of padel starting with now like the tournaments of the Madrid Federation with the advertising that surrounds it. It's a tournament on 9 days with about 1000 people registered, maybe 800, but a lot of people.
Then we have other types of tournaments that are not official. But with ranks and rankings.
Then more friendly tournaments.
PM: Sanset is open to everyone? What are the prices ?
JT: The club is open to everyone. You can buy a ticket at any time to play. We did not want a club at 500 practitioners.
We make exchanges with other Spanish clubs such as Barcelona, agreements with local facilities such as hotels and allow players to visit and play padel, to make matches by team. We have good prices. The amateur padel represents 95% of the practice in Spain because it is an easy and very accessible sport.
PM: To be successful what does your club do in addition to its offers?
JT: The club wants to offer a maximum of services and allow the players to stay all day in the club. For example as a couple, the woman can do fitness while the husband plays padel or vice versa. There is also a child care system, a beauty center, a gym with yoga, speeding, etc., of course the 32 paddle courts and a new Argentinian sport called the backet that looks like football / paddle.
PM: What is the player fee for your club?
JC: We have a price system from 8 € the land is 2 € per person but the price depends on the time slot. We have a subscription system of 100 €. We offer him 20 € of padel time. We also have agreements with companies. It allows members of his companies to have discounted rates.
PM: What are the basics for running a padel club?
JT: The price is fundamental, the climatic condition of the club is not too hot or too cold for example, at home we have no air conditioning, a club well soundproofed, a good price policy, the quality of the land is very important. On this point that we put the price, it is land that is used by the WPT, including panoramic. The professionals come to train on our grounds. These are exactly the same pitches used by the padel pro tour (PPT) or the world padel tour (WPT). Really the soul of the land was to have the best land by buying them of course at the right price.
PM: Do women have a very important role in your padel club?
JT: The female audience is really very important because it is the most faithful. She will stay if she feels good socially in the club. It's the soul of the club. They come mostly with their friends. In addition, they always come to 11h in the morning precisely where there are the fewest people on the ground.
We organized a ranking system with two systems that allows us to play each other.
PM: If some French want to come here to play ... How do we do it?
JT: In the web page, there is a tab "quieres juegar" (where do you want to play?) Where you indicate your level of play and for example the time at which you wish to play. And this system allows you to search for people of your level at the time you want to play. We also have a business loan system when we arrive late for example so that people can play without wasting time.
We did not do this sport for profit but for the taste of sport and as many people can come to play padel.
Franck Binisti and Frédéric Bertucat - Padel Magazine
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.