5 padel Blogs we follow and you could too
Before this becomes a long overdue we thought we should just write this post straight away. Many months of active monitoring, planning and listening have gone into building our revamped website, and all that encompasses it. Indeed there are many (maybe a lot) of web sites that roam around padel, and there is even a couple of guys who have ranked the blogs and influencers most of them spanish and spanish speaking by the way. Just to mention, the two best pieces of work in the rank-a-holic range we deem worth taking note of are Padel Barcelona because of its informed and tool rich based report on the matter, and Málaga based blog laboratorio de padel rich posts on highest media outlets ranking for players.
It is great to confirm the active pulse padel enjoys with such a growing and vibrant community that allows us to know, understand and share our common passion for the sport we love. But while most blogs and social media accounts either relate to news and events, what we have turned our eyes into is a different side of the padel equation. Equation? Yes, indeed. We believe there is a super scientific formula which we apply to ourselves.
The #gamechangers vision of padel runs through our training courts, fitness training, mental fitness training and the on-line game too. While information outlets are already on-line cross selling their stuff, very few others portrait leadership in the sport, develop padel culture and reflect on performace at the same time they follow an editorial line within their notes, posts and blog releases in their web and social media outlets as well. It is always easy to fall on the number of followers trap: while we tend to believe that the greater number of followers equals good quality of the content it holds, not every time the first follows the other.
Crafting good experiences for the needs and feels of our growing padel community is a must for us at PadelTrainer, both off-line and online as well. Let us show you what we have seen around the web and why we believe it should matter to committed padel players here, there and everywhere.
Our five editorial picks
- Padel Centrum.NL. The orange site has been able to assemble a balanced presence of official and non-oficial tournaments happening in it´s area of influence. While showcasing big and small league competiton, encourages the growth of our sport at local and regional level. Extra features beyond the news of the international circuit of things big and small give this site a feel of what passion for the sport is. While reviews of products and big brand campaigns do show up they are seamlessly fited within the whole patchwork of the content, thus keeping a not so commercial feel to the site. An english version is a click away for anyone to enjoy and read through.
- PadelFeber.se Padel is trendy in Sweden as Billie G explained to us recently (check the post here if you missed it) and so this site shows its followers how big the padel experience is. Three dedicated bloggers to the site are able to provide chronicles, rich interviews and a personal perspective from the players point of view through Antonette´s pieces. It´s blogging refflects enthusiasm, eagerness to learn and keep moving our sport forward. We have been with them sharing our expertise up with them, and their clean work and vision on-line has given us inspsiration. Their full coverage of the Uppsala Padel Weekend, reaching for the players view, beyond the scores and the highlights was just right. One small thing though: an english translator would do fine on the site.
- PadelMagazine.fr Something for everyone without the fuss of a busy street. That´s PadelMagazine. Well organized and categorized information for all french padelers is available within one site. What includes them on our list?: clubs are showcased for free submitting their events, so the site acts as wallpost of amateur activities easily indexed by the site, therefore easy to be found by users. A true service for scattered padel fans across France. A free service to the sport and the growth of it.
- PadelPaddle.com Our favorite italian padel site. Why? Check it out…padelmania grows in Italy. While preserving the features of a traditional site, they are all in following their national stars, covering every major game with insight and knowledge, not just keeping up the score. Their photograph composition is amazing, very professional. Here, graphics are part of the narrative, not something that eventually happens between the lines.
- PadelBelgium.com The official site of the Belgian Padel Federation. It´s outstanding achievement is to reflect in equal measure the activity of the Vlaanders and Francophone associations and clubs, making sure no one is left behind. In a really short period of time, the site has grown its follow at the same incredible pace that Padel on the Move project develops in the Vlaanders region, which aims to reach 150 courts with 10.000 members by the end of 2018. Hope´s up for this enormous effort. Padel for all, seems to be working quite well in Belgium, with strong and organized leadership, it seems goals can be achieved.
Before we round up we just can´t mention the good vibes we got when combing the web we found a jewel: The Junior Padel Tour second edition that took place last year in Castilla la Mancha (region of Spain). We are all in for kids competition, after all we have to make sure a second generation takes up the lead, and what could be more useful for padel lovers around the world than to leave a good sporting heritage to todays tweens and teens. All participating clubs were winners of 2016 edition, fostering healthy and friendly competitions where team work, not individual names were awarded. We just loved them all: juniors, coaches and sponsors for crafting this super special event for the young ones which clearly sets an example.
Rounding it up ladies and gents, what PadelTrainer knows there is a critical mass of padel fans out there wishing and hoping this sport is taken much more attention by local and national press than it deserves. Well, we realize Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi allot for most of media sports time, but we could sure use a few seconds here and there to reflect what we, in the inner lines of the court see: This fast growing sport is here to stay and grow. ¿So why don’t´we join forces among blogs to make it great? A total #gamechanger, who is in?