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03/06/2024

At IE University, the learning experience transcends the conventional classroom setting, offering a diverse array of extracurricular adventures that enrich academic and personal growth. For an example that provides the perfect blend of competition and camaraderie, look no further than the IE Padel Club. Padel is a great sport for getting active and meeting new friends—which explains why it’s one of the most popular sports in Spain.

A sport for everyone

Matteo Strada, a second-year Bachelor in Business Administration student and the IE Padel Club’s enthusiastic president, first swung a padel racket during a summer holiday in Italy. Captivated by the game’s rapid pace and ease of play, Matteo was determined to delve deeper into the sport when he moved to Spain—the padel capital of the world. And as club president, Matteo is passionate about bringing both the competitive and social sides of padel to life at IE University.

The IE Padel Club aims to be the central hub for padel aficionados within the IE Community. Offering an affordable way to play, the club is not just about sports; it’s a gateway to forging new friendships and expanding your network, all while engaging in fun physical activity. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the sport, the club welcomes all skill levels.

The club is structured to cater to various levels of experience. “A typical session with us starts with a warm-up, followed by gameplay drills focusing on volleys, smashes and situational tactics. We conclude with matches where everyone gets a chance to rotate partners, ensuring a rich social mix,” explains Matteo.

The group has become a close community with a social aspect that goes beyond the court. Matteo says, “Through the club, I’ve made countless friends, improved my Spanish and enjoyed numerous local tournaments. It’s been incredible.”

Expand your horizons beyond the classroom

IE University’s location in the picturesque city of Segovia is perfect for those who love to explore the outdoors. Matteo notes, “Segovia is not only great for sports like padel and tennis but also for immersing oneself in nature and enjoying the city’s historical beauty.” Joining clubs at IE University is a fantastic way to enhance your university experience beyond the traditional academic curriculum and outside the classroom walls.

IE Clubs provide a unique platform where students can explore their interests in a structured yet informal environment, whether those interests lie in sports, arts, technology or community service. By participating in these clubs students not only pursue their passions, but also develop valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication. 

Plus, clubs are a great way to meet like-minded peers, expand your network and forge lasting friendships. They offer a sense of community and belonging, helping students to integrate more fully into university life and live a more rounded IE University experience that prepares them for personal and professional success.

Join the fastest-growing sport in the world

Originating in Mexico in 1974 and skyrocketing in popularity in Spain, padel is a unique racket sport that blends elements of tennis, squash and badminton. It’s always played in doubles and can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors, making it versatile and accessible. Known for its fast-paced and strategic gameplay, padel has captivated more than 10 million players globally, becoming the fastest-growing sport worldwide.

Being part of the IE Padel Club is more than just playing a sport; it’s about being part of a community that celebrates diversity, embraces creativity and shares the joy of interaction. As Matteo puts it, “There’s always something happening here, from sports practices to social evenings. At IE University, the possibilities to connect and grow are endless.”

Ready to swing into action? Join the IE Padel Club today and experience the pulse of IE University’s vibrant student life firsthand!