Representatives from thirteen European Padel Federations met recently to further advance their cooperation and harmonize policies towards further develop the sport of padel in the future.
In successive meetings which took place in Madrid and Lisbon, through May and June, the formation of the European Padel Federation (EPA) was agreed upon amongst 13 countries. The founding members of the new governing body of padel in Europe include: Austria Padel Federation, Padel Belgium, Czech Padel Federation, Danish Padel Federation, Finnish Padel Federation, Deutscher Padel Verband, British Padel, Nederlandse Padelbond, Polish Padel Federation, Portuguese Padel Federation, Spanish Padel Federation, Svenska Padelförbundet and Swiss Padel Association.
The European Padel Association’s goals include the following, amongst others:
A. Organize and rule European Competitions
B. Produce and disseminate the Technical knowledge of the sport
C. Help the development of the sport in rising European countries
D. Promote youth development programs and support developing countries
E. Protect and uphold the European Federation Members, with its rights, interests, independence and identity
F. Set equivalencies for coaches’ and teachers’ program levels
G. Stimulate sportsmanship at all EPA activities.
The intense work meetings resulted in the drafting of the by-lays, the design of the operational structure and the signing of a declaration of intent, to officially create the EPA. Further information will be released soon.
PADEL AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT
The EPA shall be recognized and work under the umbrella of the International Padel Federation (IPF). The collective goal is to become an Olympic sport in 2028, for which a number of requirements must be met:
Three continental associations
75 countries playing padel
With the creation of the EPA, and North and South America’s Associations, padel will fulfill the aforementioned requirements soon. In the future, other continental associations may be created and join.
Due to the IPF’s great efforts, the organization has recently been granted GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) Observer Status. As stated in a recent declaration, EPA’s members cooperate under a united vision for the development of padel as an independent racket sport, with its own unique identity, rules and institutions.
Understanding that official competitions are a keystone for the development of padel, the agenda included discussions on the creation of a bi-annual intercontinental championship. A European Team, comprising players from several countries shall face an equal opponent from the Americas in a location to be designated. Connection The EPA’s member representatives confirmed their belief in developing padel for their members and their sport: padel. They recognized that passion for padel is a driving force and a strong asset that connects all stakeholders in the universe of padel.