In today’s episode Jean is joined by Daniel Dios, an entrepreneur in the sports field, specifically the fastest growing sport in the world: padel.
Jean has been taking padel seriously during the past year, and this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about this sport if you haven’t yet heard about it.
Beginning with a short introduction on when padel was founded, Daniel proceeds to outline the growth and spread of the sport from its beginnings in Mexico up to its incredible popularity nowadays in Spain and other countries in Europe.
Jean and Daniel then discuss some of the things beginners typically struggle with, and Daniel gives a blueprint for attaining success in padel in the quickest way possible. As always a lot of hard work is involved to succeed, but the methodology employed in training is very important.
Following this technical discussion, it’s time to delve into the business side of padel. Being the world’s fastest growing sport means that there are a lot of business opportunities developing around it. Indeed, Daniel Dios describes the current situation as a gold rush. The importance of proper business fundamentals can never be understated, however, and Daniel shares his experience and challenges running London’s first ever padel club.
Although it seems easy to profit from a sport that is growing so fast, without the proper budgets and a healthy dose of passion and sacrifice, it is very hard to create a runway long enough to ensure success as a padel business.
Luckily, Daniel and his team have been honing their skills over a number of years, and in addition to their technical training, they also offer training for people who want to open their own padel clubs in their countries. They also help with hands-on consultancy. Daniel talks about the situation in Sweden, where he is very involved as national team coach but also as a close collaborator and consultant to many new clubs that are opening in this nordic country.
I’m sure you will find this episode to be very insightful, it’s great to have the opportunity to talk to someone who has fused both sports and business and now sails along this amazing entrepreneurial and sporting journey, hopefully to much more success in the coming years.
As a final note, Daniel was generous enough to offer one year’s membership to the padel trainer course on Vimeo. All you need to do to participate is to leave a comment and let us know what you think of padel, whether you have had the chance to play, and whether you have any questions. Daniel or Jean will be happy to answer all your questions about padel, the addictive sport that is changing many people’s lives.