Result of the first edition of the participatory budget of the city of Clermont-Ferrand, this new sports complex located in Cesou and inaugurated on October 27th was a great success. Paddle tennis is a growing sport.
In 2018, the city of Clermont-Ferrand launched its first participatory budget to encourage participation by Clermont residents in the development of projects for their province.
After the success of the first edition, the city launched the second edition on January 15, 2021. The city still allocates 5% of its investment budget, around 2 million euros, to this approach.
Over 400 projects submitted in two weeks. 58 proposals were put to the vote and around 5,000 people demonstrated.
The 12 selected projects are well distributed by region (2 for each region and 2 for the entire city).
This open approach allows the county to shift a portion of its budget to Claremont residents, but also give a voice to people who are not in the public square.
This co-construction was made possible thanks to the partnership with the local mission, the Second Chance School, the Sisler Society and the active participation of the Refugee Welcome Mission and socio-cultural centers.
Cost: 65,000 Euros Including Tax
Campo de Padel, located on the Seizo Campus, is one of the winners of this first edition, with more than 300 votes.
This is the first public tennis court accessible to everyone in France and managed directly by the municipality in the process of providing it (with the exception of private structures and clubs affiliated with the FFT)!
Success is there, since its installation in March 2021, this new sports equipment has already had 445 regular users and 1040 hours of use.
What Is Padel Tennis?
Padel is a racket sport derived from tennis, played on a smaller court surrounded by walls and fences.
The calculation of the score is the same as in tennis and the balls used have a little less pressure. It is only played in pairs and the serving must be done with the spoon.
However, the biggest difference between it and tennis is that balls can be played after bouncing off walls or a wire mesh, similarly to squash.
Born in Spain, this relatively young sport (it joined the French Tennis Federation in 2014) has been thriving in France since the 2000s.
The project leader – an assiduous practitioner and lover of the game of swing – had a goal: to allow everyone to practice this sport with peace of mind, knowing that there is no public land in the territory.
The logic was to install this field in the Seizo Sports Complex, next to the existing tennis courts that are already betting on potential players. This geographic location also makes it easier to manage and maintain.
Today it is possible to practice this sport at a very moderate price. In fact, the hourly rate is €11, or €2.75 per person (since this sport can only be played 2 against 2). For your snowshoes!
Equipment accessible during the opening hours of the Cézeaux Sports Complex: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 10 pm and weekends from 8 am to 8 pm (lighted structure). Book exclusively online through the “Yellow Ball” application.