Global racquet sports phenomenon padel is coming to Manchester city centre

Club de Padel is opening Manchester’s first padel club, bringing the fastest growing sport in the world to one of the city’s newest neighbourhoods, Deansgate Square.

By Sophia Crilly | 26 July 2023

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Manchester is set to embrace one of the fastest growing racquet sports this summer with the arrival of the city’s first padel club.

Due to launch at the prestigious Deansgate Square, Club de Padel is an exciting development for the city and promises a vibrant addition to the sporting scene.

For the uninitiated padel is a dynamic fusion of tennis and squash, originating in Mexico during the late 1960s.  The fun, fast-paced and addictive hybrid sport is almost always played in doubles, and in recent years its popularity has skyrocketed across Australia, the US and Europe, garnering a devoted following that includes renowned athletes such as Andy Murray, David Beckham, and Serena Williams.

Scheduled to open later this summer with four brand new courts on Owen Street (subject to planning approval), Club de Padel aspires to cultivate an inclusive and thriving padel community in Manchester and plans to operate seven days a week.

Offering an array of social matches, coaching sessions, tournaments, and corporate events throughout the year, the club aims to provide an engaging platform for players of all skill levels. The club will provide all the equipment, including rackets and balls, and you’ll be able to make bookings effortlessly through a dedicated app – allowing players to connect, join matches, and split payments seamlessly.

Club de Padel co-founders. Image: Club de Padel

David Blake, one of the co-founders, expressed his excitement, stating: “Ever since we first encountered padel in Barcelona several years ago, we have been eager to bring this amazing sport to Manchester. It’s great fun, highly sociable, and easy to pick up, making it an ideal fit for Deansgate Square.”

Fellow co-founder Matt McKinlay added: “It’s just so addictive; everyone who plays padel loves it right away. The city centre location is ideal for both residents and professionals seeking a new way to socialise and network. The sense of community is of utmost importance to us at Club de Padel. We want people of all ages, from school kids to young professionals and older residents, to come along and give padel a try.”

Club de Padel forms an integral part of a larger placemaking strategy, complementing the ongoing development plans for Phase 3 of the Great Jackson Street masterplan by Renaker. The site the padel club will occupy will eventually house a new four-tower cluster, further expanding the Crown Street development. As an overwhelmingly popular sport, padel will create an exciting and engaging meantime use of space for the area, drawing footfall and support for the local businesses at Deansgate Square such as Atomeca, Flourish, General Store, Kitten, and Salvi’s.

Club de Padel court bookings will open in August – you can sign up below to be the first to receive the dates when they launch.

Opening Hours: 7am-10pm, Monday to Sunday

Address: Club de Padel, Owen Street, Manchester. M15 4TQ

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