Vendis Capital takes a majority stake in the PLAYERS group, a leading player in sports leisure, alongside its founders, Tony Jalinier, Guillaume Debelmas and Joseph Viéville, and management who are reinvesting significantly in the operation.

Resulting from the merger of Soccer Park and LE FIVE in 2016, the PLAYERS group has established itself as a major player in indoor sports leisure in France. In its 35 complexes spread across the territory (23 owned and 12 franchised), the PLAYERS group offers accessible, fun and inclusive sports activities that give pride of place to pleasure and conviviality. A historic player in 5-a-side football, a simplified form of football pitting two teams of 5 people against each other on a small pitch, under the LE FIVE brand, the group is also a pioneer in the football market. padel since 2014. With brand 4PADEL launched in 2018, PLAYERS has established itself as the leader in padel indoor in France and directly contributes to the growth of this 4-player racket sport.

The PLAYERS group provides its customers with 144 5-a-side football pitches and 128 tennis courts. padel in its modern and well-equipped centers, designed as sporting lifestyles, with sports bars and specialized shops. The group offers its customers a premium experience thanks to the location and accessibility of its centers, the quality of its facilities and all the innovative services and tools made available to players to offer them a fun practice. unique. Thus, the organization of regular events (notably tournaments and leagues with different levels) makes it possible to animate and unite a community of players who appreciate the pleasure of practicing sports and the conviviality of shared moments (on the field or after the game). match), and the value-added services made possible by the digitalization of the experience (replay of matches, online rankings and statistics, automated match sheet, etc.). The PLAYERS group also targets companies with the organization of sporting events (seminars, team building, Olympics) and has developed academic offers such as the ZIDANE FIVE CLUB, in partnership with Zinédine Zidane on 5-a-side football, and the 4PADEL Academy by Babolat on the padel, in order to encourage and promote the development of these practices.

A company with a mission, PLAYERS is particularly committed to the development and accessibility of sports practice. The group is thus a partner of numerous local authorities and associations in order to provide access to sport to as many people as possible, notably with the signing of 400 annual conventions and the reservation of more than 15 hours of play given free of charge or at an agreed rate, intended for associations and schools.

Following a competitive selection process, the founders of PLAYERS chose to partner with Vendis Capital: “Above all, we were looking for the right partner to support us in ambitious development; we were seduced by Vendis' entrepreneurial approach and we very quickly planned a common adventure with them. Thanks to the work of our team, we have already achieved very good things; there is still much to do and we are counting on Vendis to help us confidently approach the next stage of our development. With 9 new centers already signed, we have strong ambitions. »

This operation marks the exit of Kostogri, which has supported the group's growth since 2021. Mathieu de Medeiros, Partner of Vendis Capital, is delighted with this partnership: “We are very happy to partner with Guillaume, Joseph, Tony and their teams and to support them in this new chapter of growth that is opening for PLAYERS. We are indeed convinced that the sports leisure market is a market of the future, driven by powerful and lasting societal movements, and that, thanks to the quality of the work carried out so far by the team, PLAYERS is ideally positioned to grow and consolidate its leadership position. »

The acquisition of a majority stake by Vendis Capital in PLAYERS marks the second investment by Vendis Capital IV.