It’s been a huge hit in Spain, where it’s overtaken tennis in popularity and breathed new life into racquet clubs.
Now padel tennis has come to Scotland, with the first court opening in June.
East Lothian based company, Total Padel, is the driving force behind the, ‘Sport of the 21st Century,’ making it to British shores.
They’ve been working with Business Gateway East Lothian to develop in the UK and explore new markets abroad, Managing Director, Kenny Abbott, said:
“Fiona Edgar, our Business Adviser, has been a fantastic help, identifying many useful workshops and getting us assistance through Scottish Enterprise, in areas such as export and product innovation.
“We were put in touch with Scottish Development International who helped develop strategy and we’re now active in Scandinavia, USA and Australia. Fiona also signposted funding available to us, which assisted with the purchase of a court to directly market to customers in the UK.”
Total Padel facilitate the turnkey solution in the design, manufacture and construction of Padel tennis courts in the UK, Europe and internationally. Their first client in Scotland is Edinburgh Sports Club, one of the oldest racquet clubs in the city.
“They’ve already been inundated with enquiries about the new court and we’re pleased to hear that they’re really excited about the installation, which has just been completed.” said Kenny.
Budding padel tennis players will be given the opportunity to sample the action for free during a 4 day Padel Show at the Edinburgh Sports Club, taking place on their freshly installed court from Thursday 19 until Sunday 22 June.
“We’re looking forward to giving people a chance to try out the sport and experience the facilities at Edinburgh Sports Club, plus we’ll have the #3 ranked player in the world, Juani Mieres, with us for two days.” said Kenny.
Padel tennis originated in Mexico in 1969 , before spreading to Argentina and onto Spain, where it’s one of the most popular sports, with nearly 3 million registered players and around 150 thousand courts.
“The inclusive nature of padel allows for all abilities to play, but it can also be high octane for the players who thrive on the energy of competition. Enjoyed by global superstars such as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, as awareness of Padel takes hold, it makes this an exceptionally exciting business to be in,” said Kenny.
Seeing a growing demand for Padel in the UK and throughout the world, Managing Director Kenny Abbott set up Total Padel in 2011. The business has installed courts for David Lloyd Leisure at two clubs in England, plus they have worked with a variety of clients in exotic location across the world, including the Bahamas, Barbados and Saint-Tropez.
Fiona Edgar, Business Adviser, Business Gateway East Lothian, said: “Total Padel are a fantastic company that are offering something new and exciting to the market. We have worked with them to help them develop and attract new clients in the UK and abroad and we’re looking forward to continuing to support them as the business grows.”
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