The question may seem strange: the sector is booming and obviously clubs that go out of business are rare. But why the padel would it be safe from bankruptcies and closures? Paradoxically, despite the enthusiasm aroused by padel in Europe since COVID, some project leaders can make mistakes, sometimes naive.

Although it is always easier to criticize with hindsight, certain advice remains universally applicable to all sporting projects, and in particular to padel.

The closure of clubs padel can result from several factors. Here are the main ones:

Problem #1: land/rent

The major challenge for project leaders in padel is often land and rent. Although a track of padel is almost three times smaller than a tennis court and accommodates four players compared to two traditionally in tennis, finding a suitable site is often very complex, and sometimes even impossible.

The temptation to accept exorbitant purchases or rents to bring a project to fruition is great. However, this can quickly bring a club to the brink of bankruptcy. Not because the club is not viable, but because the business plan was poorly designed. If a club is well attended and appears to be thriving but cannot break even financially, this usually indicates a deficiency in the initial management of the project. Rent is often the main culprit.

Hence the crucial importance of the initial negotiation: failure at this stage can weigh heavily on the financial future of the club.

Problem No. 2: a management defect

The concern may also come from the management of the center itself. Players may find themselves dissatisfied for various reasons: difficulty booking, lack of information, or lack of post-match community life.

The reasons can vary: unfriendly welcome, sub-optimized facilities, or lack of visibility due to insufficient communication.

It is surprising to note that clubs, ready to invest massively in their project, choose to limit their communication expenses. Finding a wise financial balance is crucial, and this should be planned from the start.

Current notoriety does not guarantee future success. This goes for clubs, brands and media. Players, by nature volatile, will go where the conditions seem better to them. Don't blame them; the problem perhaps lies in the management of the center.

Problem #3: Competition

It is essential to analyze the planned location area. THE padel, which has become a very popular sport, attracts the attention of both the private and public sectors.

Moreover, we see town halls or communities, still cautious 3 or 4 years ago, embarking on investments around padel to sometimes renew an aging sports park and invest in “exploding” sport.

Investing in an area likely to see the emergence of numerous competing public structures must be carefully considered. Although the presence of public clubs can boost interest in padel, relations between sectors are not always harmonious. Please note, public clubs are important in the development of padel In France. The FFT is also counting on it as part of the territorial network. Above all, we must not pit one against the other. But the objectives and ambitions are not always the same.

Private operators, faced with significant investments, high rents and autonomous management, must analyze and plan with precision to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Investment in clubs with at least three or four tracks is often recommended, especially in high density areas, in order to offer higher quality facilities than those in the public sector.

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Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.