We know it, the number of competitors in France continues to increase and the love for padel just growing, season after season.

Today, Roman Taupin de Padelonomics returns with a ranking of 30 biggest clubs in France. In this ranking, unsurprisingly, the infrastructures in the South are the most equipped, with a few clubs from the North, including pole position for s Padel Amateurs, with more than 711 licensees.

Yes, but there you have it, a row of data calls out: the percentage of female competitors in each club…For some time now, the FFT attempts to feminize the padel, with discovery events, almost everywhere in France. Free initiations, for a few hours, to try to reach a new type of audience.

To return to Romain Taupin's last ranking, this lack of women among the licensees padel is all the more obvious. It's simple, on the 9270 competitors of these 30 clubs, we only count 1214 women, or about 15%.

The “bad” students in the ranking

Of the 30 clubs mentioned in the ranking, 17 have less than 15% of licensees in their infrastructure. Among these clubs, here are the five clubs with the lowest ratio of women among their licensees:

  • Breizh Padel AS : 2,8% (7 competitors for 244 licensees).
  • Padel Tolosa Montauban Academy : 3,9% (9 competitors for 229 licensees).
  • 4Padel Bordeaux : 5,1% (16 competitors for 316 licensees).
  • AS Padel Amateurs : 5,3% (38 competitors for 711 licensees).
  • Mind Padel Club : 5,6% (17 competitors for 306 licensees).

Less of 6% competitors in each of these clubs, the observation speaks for itself. And for now, no differentiation between the North and the South, it's the same for both. Obviously, we can't blame anyone. But these figures raise questions... And above all, a question arises: where are the women in competitions?

The “good” students in the ranking

To reach this 15%, we needed a few clubs that stood out from the crowd. Six clubs even have 20% of licensees in their infrastructures. Now let's find our leading quintet:

  • TC Saint Cyprien : 27,2% (61 competitors for 224 licensees).
  • Béziers Padel Club : 25,4% (68 competitors for 268 licensees).
  • Bandol TC : 23,7% (58 competitors for 254 licensees).
  • Rennes Garden Tennis Club : 22% (70 competitors for 318 licensees).
  • Sète Padel : 20,9% (80 competitors for 382).

Even if here we are talking about “good” students, we can only note that the percentage of competitive female players nevertheless remains very low compared to their male counterparts. As it happens, a majority of these clubs are located in the south of France.


So, of course, the padel is a sport still in full swing, far from having reached its climax. From now on, the only thing to hope is that in its expansion, the padel take with him new competitors. Especially since the number of tournaments is only increasing in France and the opportunities to compete against new opponents are increasing.

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.