Inside Club de Padel – Manchester’s staggering new sports facility dedicated to the world’s fastest-growing sport
The sports club is open now and it looks unreal.
Club de Padel has finally opened its doors in Manchester city centre this week, bringing the world’s fastest-growing sport to the city for the first time.
The brand new sports club has taken shape at the foot of the Deansgate Square skyscrapers (and all the others springing up nearby).
There are four state-of-the-art open-air courts where players can take on the popular game, all with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding towers.
Federal, a wildly popular local brunch and coffee spot, has also opened here in a shipping container, serving coffees, pastel de nata, and a selection of alcoholic drinks in the evenings.
For those unfamiliar, Padel is a mash-up of tennis and squash, where players are enclosed by walls and can play the ball off any wall.
The sport was first invented in Mexico in the late 1960s but has exploded in popularity across Europe in recent years, drawing legions of famous fans.
Andy Murray, David Beckham, Pep Guardiola and Serena Williams have all declared themselves fans, and Lionel Messi went so far as to install a Padel court at his home.
Speaking of the club’s launch, Lucy Noone-Blake said: “We can’t get over what an incredible opening day it’s been. We’ve been almost fully booked all day with seasoned players and new players alike, everyone seems to be so excited.
“We’ve got a few spots available for the rest of the week but it’s filling up fast and we’re looking forward to our coaching programme starting in the new year.”
Club de Padel is partnering with Adidas and HEAD on its equipment and will have one of the UK’s top padel competitors, Alberto Cubero Torregrosa, as head coach.
Alberto said: “I can’t wait to get started at Club de Padel. Having grown up in Malaga, I have been playing padel for over 25 years, so I’m delighted to see it finally arrive in Manchester, where I now call home.
“It is important to me that everyone can enjoy this amazing sport, so it doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced player, I am committed to helping you improve and have fun while doing it.”
Club de Padel is open now with bookings open.
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