Padel in Spain has become a phenomenon that appeals to all audiences, the figures confirm it: more than 1700 padel installations, 2.3 million daily practitioners and more than 40 thousand licenses issued by the Spanish Padel Federation, Fep etc. You will discover our first article which will show you the main data and ratios for the padel in Spain.

Padel clubs in Spain

In 2013 there were in Spain 788 padel clubs aggregated to the Spanish Padel Federation according to the Higher Sports Council of the Spanish Ministry. Yet it is estimated that there are around 1700 facilities with padel fields (sports facilities exclusively dedicated to padel or multi-sports). Indoor paddle club in Spain

Evolution of the number of federated padel clubs in Spain
Padel in Spain: Evolution of the number of clubs

As you can see the number of clubs in Spain skyrocket in the years 2000, mainly from 2007 when the number of padel clubs increased by 40% over the previous year. Since then we have seen an average increase of 22%, which means that every 4 years the number of paddle clubs in Spain doubles!

Club typology by number of courts

  With 1 to 4 padel courts With 5 to 8 padel courts With more than 8 padel courts
Type de club Small Medium Big
% of paddle clubs in Spain 58% 32% 11%

Looking at the table above, 58% of padel clubs in Spain have less than 5 courts, 32% of clubs have between 5 and 8 courts and for only 11% of them, more than 8 padel courts. Some clubs manage to have more than 30 padel courts, as is the case with the Club Sanset in Madrid in which more than a thousand people play every day. Vidéo 1: Construction of padel court in club Sanset, Madrid

Occupancy rate of padel courts in Spain in 2013

The percentage of the average occupancy rate of padel courts in year 2013 was 55,6% Statistically, clubs with less than 5 courts had the highest occupancy rate. More than half of the clubs in Spain were occupied 50% in 2013 and only 5.7% of them exceeded 80% of occupation. This study shows us how difficult it is to fill the padel installations because of the increase in the supply of land, even if the number of practitioners in Spain is very high.

Padel courts occupancy rates 50% or less From 50% to 80% More than 80%
Percentage of clubs 44,0% 50.3% 5,7%

Another interesting fact, 93% of padel clubs are open to everyone and 7% only reserve them for their members.

Facilities available in a padel club

The services and variety of the offer available in the clubs make the difference when choosing a club to play padel. Among the usual facilities in the clubs are Bars/Cafeterias (77%), car parks (63%), shops (51%), games rooms (40%) and restaurants (38%). In addition to paddle (37%) and football (16%) courts, gymnasiums (37%) and swimming pools (34%) as well as medial or physiotherapy services (17%) are available.

Padel clubs main sources of revenue

A padel club’s income comes mainly from the rental of courts, the padel school, membership fees, the organization of events such as tournaments or championships and the operation of a restaurant or coffee bar within the de padel à Madrid

  1. Padel courts rental
  2. Padel school
  3. Membership Fees
  4. Events
  5. Others /Coffe – bar

Activities in a padel club

The most popular activities for people who play padel in Spanish clubs are friendly math, with 93% of those surveyed. Far behind, events or tournaments with 30%. At the top of the list of activities to be taken into account to make a club’s facilities profitable are paddleball courses as it represents 37%. Organization of events The main club events are tournaments 65%, leagues 14%, championships (5%) and charity events (1%). What are the reasons that influence the choice of a padel club? There are several reasons that influence the choice of a club to practice padel. The most important according to respondents to the survey are the price of land rental (71%), the location of the club (47%) and the quality of infrastructure (42%). Other reasons, the ease of reservation, access, if the courts are covered (indoor, outdoor with cover) and even the number of courts existing within the club.

Sale of sports equipment in clubs

The sale of padel equipment (rackets, balls, clothing, accessories, etc…) also represents an extra income for 79% of clubs. For 51% of them they own a store, which is managed internally in 75.8% of cases against 24.2% by an outside company.   Field lighting : The 19.7% of padel clubs in Spain are equipped with LED lighting with an approximate life of 50,000 hours compared to 16,000 hours for halogen lighting.

Number of padel players in Spain

According to the study by Madisonmk In 2014, an estimated 2,300,000 regular practitioners (52% of them say they practice every week and 48% every month) are expected to do so. If we add the casual players, (those who play at least once a year) this gives a total figure of 3,245,000 which represents 5% of the Spanish population.

Typology of practitioners

By gender : Despite the fact that there are fewer women than men who practice padel (38% versus 62&), it is nevertheless one of the most equitable sports in terms of parity By frequency : How often does the Spanish practitioner play? According to a survey conducted by Feebbo 39% of Spanish padel club members say they play padel at least once a week. 52% say they play 2 or more times a week and only 6% say they only play once a month. By age How old is the Spanish padel player? This graph shows that the most representative age group is 35 to 44 years with 38% of players, and that 25 to 34 year olds closely follow the previous category. The percentage of padel players between 45 – 54 years old is not negligible (16%). Following these figures we notice that most of the practitioners, almost 70%, are between 25 and 44 years By purchasing power / social class :
The profile of the padel player in Spain is a man or a woman who are between 25 and 45 years old with high average incomes.

Licensed padel players

According to the Spanish Ministry, in 2013 there were more than 40,000 licensed padel players in Spain, precisely 43,312 licensed. The evolution of the number of Tennis and Padel licensees in Spain has increased surprisingly, from 2700 licensees in 1994 to 43mil, which corresponds to an average increase of 17% over 20 years! If we compare these figures with tennis, the padel represented only 7% of tennis licensees. But in 2013 this figure rises to 48%.

Is padel the 2nd most practiced sport in Spain?

No. Even if we sometimes hear this statement in the media, padel is not the second most practiced sport in Spain. According to the survey conducted by the official CIS in 2014, the sports most practiced in Spain are recreational cycling 18.6%, walking 17.1%, recreational swimming 16% and of course football with almost 15% of the population saying they practice sport in Spain. The padel is in 9th position with 5.5% of respondents. This may seem far from the top positions but it is the most practiced racquet sport in Spain ahead of tennis 4.1%, squash, table tennis or badminton.

Position Sport % of people who say they practice sport in Spain
Recreational Cycling 18,6
2 Walking/ footing 17,1
3 swimming 16,1
4 Football 14,9
5 Hiking 11,4
6 Fitness / intensive physical activity in a sports centre (aerobics, spinning) 9,4
7 Fitness / soft physical activity in a sports centre (pilates, maintenance) 9,3
8 Athletics 7,6
9 Padel 5,5
10 Basketball 5,1
11 Gymnastics/sports physical activity at home 5
12 Footsal, 5-a-side football, 7-a-side football, beach football 4,3
13 Tennis 4,1
38 Squash 0,4
42 Table tennis 0,3
43 Badminton 0,2
44 Rugby 0,2

Reference list

Study on the padel industry in Spain in 2013 Market study on the padel club in Spain Padel CIS study Sports practice in Spain June 2014 CIS Practical Sports Study in Spain 2010 Number of licenses and sports clubs in Spain