The tennis licensees questioned in this questionnaire estimate that they know the average padel for a little over 3 years (3,4 years exactly).

In the literature review, we had highlighted that the padel had a real craze in France about 4, 5 years ago. We can see that this figure is important, since 27 people in the sample, ie 67,5%, think they know the padel since 3 years or less.

Only 2 people have known this sport for more than 5 years (10 years and 15 years). Victor told us during the interview that " The padel it appeared anonymously, but in the 70 years, start 80. These two people in the sample have probably experienced this practice in a place in the South of France, where the padel has always been more developed, or even in Spain.

3 out of 4 people practice padel. The frequency of play is very variable as we can see in this graph below:

About one in three people play several times a week. In contrast 55,2%, so more than half of the sample plays more often than once a month, because half of these 55,2% say they play only once a year.

While the global sample knows the padel since averaging 3,4 years, they estimate to have tried for the first time on average there are 2 years and a half (for those who play padel obviously).

Then we wanted to know why they would play in a particular place.

We see that " the quality of infrastructure Is the most cited criterion (23 times for 28 respondents to this question). Then we find " the atmosphere "(12 times) that as for the tennis venue seems important, since about 43% of the respondents to this question cited it. Then we find the criteria "Proximity to place of residence "(10 times) and" near work place (9 times).

When we talk about competition, a third of the people in this sample playing padel, play in competition. This represents about a quarter of the total sample. We could see in the 5.2.2 part The profile of padel practitioners That the competing players are overrepresented by the tennis players. In the part. from the exploratory phase, we could see that there is in France about 3 600 licensed paddle all genders. In France there is a little more than a million tennis players, so the ratio of paddle licenses to the number of tennis licenses is low. This figure of a quarter of people in the sample is not surprising. It might seem even important, but we must remember, as we have seen in the exploratory phase about the supply of padel in France, that the padel is very present in the Hauts-de-France compared to other areas where the padel is not found.

We then wanted to know if they would continue to play in a private center if a padel was built in their tennis club:

We therefore wanted to know why, whether for negative respondents and positive respondents:

55,9% of padel of this sample would stop attending a private center to focus on playing on the court of their tennis club for three reasons: proximity to the place of residence, price and preference for club life. The most represented reason among these three is " the proximity of the place of residence »(42,8%).

But it's interesting why the other players would continue to play in a private center, which represents 44,1% of the players of padel of this sample. There are thus four reasons. The most important, which was cited by 30,8% of these practitioners, is that he does not practice the padel with the same partners as in tennis. Then, 23% of respondents of these people believe that the infrastructure of private centers will remain better than tennis clubs in terms of quality. Then, three reasons were cited fairly, by 15,4% each of these people: the availability of superior courts in a private commercial center due to the number of lessons in general quite large, the atmosphere and the proximity of the venue. job.

Finally, we wanted to know their opinion on padel development in France. Only three people among the 40 of this sample think that the padel will stop its development in France, because they think that this practice is proposed with tariffs too high, that it is about a fashion effect and that there is There is not enough padel culture in France. For the other 37, they believe strongly in the progress of this practice, because they think that it is a playful and very accessible practice for 22 of them, and friendly for 5 people.

Regarding the development in the tennis clubs, 77,5% of the total sample think that this practice will develop in the tennis clubs, because it attracts new members, there is a federal impulse, and that the padel and tennis are two complementary practices. 9 other people are not of the same opinion in particular because the facilities are expensive, and they think that the associative structures will not have the means to support this. Moreover, 40% of the sample say that their club does not plan to develop the padel, and 35% do not know anything about it.

Pierre Lemonnier

Pierre studied STAPS, and validated a master's degree in sports management, after studying in Reims, Frankfurt and Lille. I discovered the padel in 2014 during my Erasmus year in Frankfurt thanks to a Spanish friend. Damn it is good padel !