11 court plans announced for TraffordCity

The Manchester padel revolution is well and truly underway with news that plans have been submitted for 11 courts at TraffordCity, a retail, leisure and commercial destination that attracts 44 million visits each year. 

Kristopher Ball, founder of The Padel Club in Wilmslow, is behind the project which – together with the established We Are Padel in Derby – will be the second largest padel facility in the UK once operational. It will also be the first padel club located within a high profile/high footfall retail location. 

Nine covered and two outdoor courts are planned for the £2 million, 1.5 acre development which includes a clubhouse and what is described as ‘social space for players to connect and create a community’. Construction is geared-up to start this year with an estimated completion time of approximately 4 months.

“We are delighted to be establishing our next padel club at an incredible location in TraffordCity. We will be launching a fantastic new sport into a destination that is already thriving with other excellent sporting businesses,” said Kristopher.

The Padel Club founder Kristopher Ball (right) with head coach Ben Goodeve

James Whittaker, Executive Director of Development at Peel L&P which owns TraffordCity said: “We are very proud to be working in partnership with The Padel Club to serve up their fantastic offering and experience to our TraffordCity community. 

“We’re passionate about health, wellbeing and community. From skiing and soccer to sky diving, snowboarding and golf, TraffordCity is the only destination in the UK to offer all of these activities in one place and we are very excited to be able to add padel to our fantastic mix of inclusive sport and social experiences whilst supporting further job creation and opportunities within our local community.”

The Padel Club opened in Wilmslow last July with two courts and has quickly established itself as the area’s go-to padel hub. It has since expanded to cope with exceptional demand, with sports stars, actors and influencers making use of its facilities. The Bandeja crowned it the ‘most beautiful club in the country’ last year and the new facility at the TraffordCity looks set to follow suit, with an architectural design and landscaped surrounds. Fifteen jobs are expected to be created. 🎾