Padel attitude is one of the great artisans of padel development in the north of France. Thibaut Nollet and Pascal Duhamel tell us about their adventure.
What was the trigger for getting into the padel in Lille?
The padel was almost absent in the north of France but a common passion for the sport and a big desire to create a company motivated us to start. We discovered padel at Padel 4u2 in Gent (Belgium). We found in the practice of this sport, a lot of pleasure and conviviality. After a few games with friends, the idea of creating our structure was launched. In July 2014, after a year of hard work to define the concept, find a place, raise funds and convince the bank, we could open the center.
We started with 6 fields including 5 Indoor and end of last year we enlarge. We are very satisfied with the development, we feel that the padel will experience a strong growth, it is a great sport that combines all the ingredients to find pleasure, fun and friendliness. We are so convinced, that 2 years after opening, we decided to add 4 land. We offer better service to our customers with more availability and we can welcome even more followers.
What is the next step of the club?
The center of Lille - Lesquin will find its balance in the coming months with 10 terrains, its community of players is well established and many padeleurs will still join us! The development is now going through a new center. We hope soon a surprise for all lovers of padel ...
Are there any messages you want to spread to develop this sport?
We are raising funds to install centers in France, develop this sport and this center concept exclusively dedicated to the practice of padel.
Who to join us?
Interview by Franck Binisti
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.