Wat is Padel?
Padel is a mix between tennis and squash. It originated in 1969 in the Mexican city of Acapulco. Enrique Corcuera, a wealthy Mexican businessman, changed the layout of the tennis court, the tennis racquets and the track dimensions transforming the tennis into the sport we know today as Padel.
Introduction Padel in Holland
Padel was introduced firstin 2006, when football trainer, Guus Hiddink decided to build a padel court at the training center of PSV. After his stay in Spain between 1991 and 2000 –Valencia, Madrid, Valencia-, he wanted to play padel in Eindhoven. He asked a constructor to build a padel court, that thou it did not fulfill the official sizes for a Padel court, it did serve its purpose: having fun. Immediately after, two groups of people known as Dutch Padel and Padel Sports International, built demo courts in Vijfhuizen at TC De Nieuwe Brug and MPoint Spijkernisse. Additionally, one of them created the Nederlandse Padel Sport Federatie, which empty of relevant content, never progressed. Unfortunately, due to a lack of commercial success, both groups dissolved.
At that time, seeing an urgent need for knowledge and genuine structure, Norberto Nesi together with Abel Gilsing, created the Nederlandse Padelbond. This organization slowly became an important source for information and reference for regulation. Shortly after, the Nederlandse Padelbond, was accepted by the International Padel Federation as representative of the Padel sport in Holland. At the same time, the President of the NOC/NSF issued a formal letter supporting this new organization. The process continued with the construction of Padel courts in Enschede –TEZ Enschede-, in Den Bosch –TPC Maasport- and Huizen –Padel Benelux/Coronel Sports-. Today there are padel courts also available in Ulvenhout –Ulvenhoutse TV- and Zeewolde –Racket Centrum Zeewolde-.
Nowadays, Padel continues to attract a growing number of sports entrepreneurs that see in this sport an important tool to complement their sports offer, weather with a profit as well as non-for profit spirit.