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UrbanSoccer launches into the padel by launching UrbanPadel.
"The first before others"
The UrbanPadel center in Lille-Lezennes is the first to embark on the dance before definitely making kids in other UrbanSoccer centers.
Since last January, 4 padel courts have joined the 11 football fields at 5 from this huge complex.
The strengths of this center are numerous with among others an XXL clubhouse, bar, catering, large TV screens, broadcast of football and tennis matches.
Stéphane Naessens, the head of the center, adds that the center is "perfectly operational for tournaments and for the game with wide spaces between fields and a height of 7,50 m to 8m"
J. Derrough who is also in charge of the development of padel at UrbanSoccer adds that “There will be padel discovery trophies by sectors of activity: banks and insurances, car dealerships, accountants, SS2I, women's week thus allowing the development of the sport in the UrbanPadel center".
Accredited to the FFT, the center organized its first Padel Discovery Trophy for the tennis clubs of the region. The Tennis Club Lesquin was also present with particularly talented tennis players. No doubt we will find them in some padel tournaments in the region.
"A budget of 75.000 € for the year 2016"
Mr. Jean-Luc Ténédos, President of the Flanders Tennis League was present and gave us his impressions on the development of padel more generally in his league.
"The league of Flanders was the first to financially support the tennis clubs affiliated to the FFT and this will continue this year with a budget of 75.000 € to help the clubs"
If the private clubs are not affected by this measure, the league of Flanders reserves the possibility in certain cases and exclusively for future clubs authorized to the FFT, to obtain this financial aid. Nevertheless, this year's measure only concerns affiliated tennis clubs and not clubs or future clubs authorized by the FFT as well. So little disappointment for private even if the door does not seem closed.
Franck Binisti - PADEL MAGAZINE
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.