Planning approval for £2.5m Padel Club expansion

Kris Ball, left, and James Whittaker

The Padel Club, based in Wilmslow, is expanding to a new £2.5m state-of-the-art facility in TraffordCity, following planning approval from Trafford Council.

The new grounds will be home to an impressive array of amenities, designed to offer an unparalleled experience for Padel enthusiasts and wellness seekers alike.

Construction will take place over summer 2024 and the facility is expected to be open by the end of the year.

Planning approval will create the biggest and most sustainable Padel facility in the North of England. It signifies a significant milestone for The Padel Club, kickstarting its expansion plans and enabling it to create a broader community of sports enthusiasts and champion a wider culture of fitness, camaraderie and improving physical and mental wellbeing.

The new 1.5-acre development is strategically located within TraffordCity. Working in partnership with Peel Waters, which is the regeneration specialist developing the wider TraffordCity destination and vision, The Padel Club will be a major new hub for health, sport, and socialising within the destination.

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James Whittaker, Executive Director for Peel Waters, said: “We’re really proud to be working in partnership with The Padel Club to bring their fantastic offering to TraffordCity. Peel has had a vision since the early nineties to bring the best retail and leisure offerings and experiences together in one place.

“We are excited that TraffordCity will now be the home of the biggest Padel facility in the north to further enhance the unparalleled choice of sport and wellbeing available. The facility will deliver new jobs, grow our local visitor economy and create a must visit destination for Padel fans whilst inspiring a new generation of Padel players and fans within our local community.”

The Padel Club will have 11 purpose-built and high specification courts of which nine will be covered courts and two will be open air courts. The onsite clubhouse will serve as a hub for relaxation and socialising, offering retail spaces, dining options, and shower facilities.

The approved plans also include a dedicated fitness and conditioning area, providing future players and members opportunities to improve their fitness levels and enhance their on-court performance.

Kristopher Ball, founder and CEO at the Padel Club, said: “We are incredibly excited to expand our Padel Club to the vibrant grounds of TraffordCity.

“This new facility marks a pivotal moment for us, and we look forward to welcoming both seasoned players and newcomers to experience the joy of Padel in this world class destination.”

Original investors in The Padel Club include Michael Vaughan, Jos Butler, James Milner and Shay Given who have come out in force to celebrate this major milestone.

Michael Vaughan, sports commentator, and former England cricket captain, said “This is going to be fantastic. I’m so pleased that TraffordCity has been given the go ahead. In my humble opinion, Padel is the best sport that incorporates all abilities, all ages and is so much fun.”

Shay Given, former Premier League footballer, said: “This is such great news for the club, who have worked hard to build a very sociable and successful Padel Club in Wilmslow.”

Aimee Fuller, Olympic snowboarder and BBC Sport Ski Sunday presenter, said: “Padel is such an accessible sport and so much fun to play, it will be a brilliant addition to the mix of sports and leisure venues currently at TraffordCity.”