In the aisles of the European Paddle Championships, we came across the smallest team represented at the European Padel Championship: Ireland. This team has a huge desire to promote this sport inside a divided country. Barry Coffey, president of the Irish Padel Association, introduces us to padel in Ireland.
Northern Ireland being part of the British Padel, this will not be the subject of our conversation. Let's focus on the southern part of the country. Currently the padel is in the embryo stage. 2 entities on the territory for only 2 clubs. Barry tells us that for him, the best would be to regroup all the authorities. How ? Cancel the current 2 federations to create only one that would be recognized by the FIP. Difficult discussion for the moment while the work done is very good.
Let's go to Barry.
Today there are about 500 players divided into 2 clubs themselves. There are also hidden grounds across the territory, a club is very dynamic, located in a school, which creates summer courses for young Spanish people eager to learn English. The only drawback today is that classes are not covered ...
To return to the Open tournament in Rome, we are happy to have participated and raised the colors of our country. Defeat against two good Italian players. We had not come to make a result but just to have a good time and meet Mr. Carraro, the President of FIP. Personally I turn to veteran tournaments. I will be next week in Geneva, end of the month in London. For me the padel is life. I try on every tournament to promote the padel in Ireland which should see soon its 2 first covered ground. But I can not tell you where yet.
In April 2020 we are proud to announce that the Irish Padel Association will be part, one more year, of a veteran tournament which attracts every year more nations. We are moving from 4 to 6 and the rendezvous will be in Helsinburg, Sweden in a super club of 8 indoor and outdoor 5. Perfect conditions to welcome the most 50 committed players. English, Irish, Scots, Swiss, Monegasques and Swedes are engaged for the moment. We wish to be more numerous every year.
I have to thank my 2 sponsors who support and accompany our work. PadelTec, a fieldbuilder based in Edinburg, Scotland and Adidas Padel.