The Clúster Internacional del Pádel (CIP) is officially established as of this month as a global development platform for the Spanish version of paddle tennis, with its membership now open to any pádel-related raw-materials supplier, manufacturer, distributor, importer/exporter, retailer, service provider or club anywhere in the world. The CIP’s founding – as a non-profit corporation – was approved on Feb. 25 in Madrid at a meeting of the top 50 pádel companies. It is a member of the Spanish Sports Industry Association (Afydad) and by extension of the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (Fesi) and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI). Its leaders are Jorge Gómez de la Vega of Star Vie, president; Patricio Tarradas of Royal Pádel, vice president; Alex Pardo of Babolat, general secretary; Mireia Álvarez of Endless, secretary; and Jaume Ferrer of Sportpanel, head of the technical secretariat. It will soon be seeking secretaries for each of pádel’s business segments. The first general meeting, to be held before the end of the year, will establish bylaws and a three-year plan. In general, the CIP plans to lobby for and otherwise promote its sport, especially through international initiatives. There are about five million pádel players worldwide. About one-fifth of them are in Spain, with about 76,000 of them belonging to the country’s 3,000 clubs. There are about 50 national pádel associations worldwide. The sport accounts for about 20,000 jobs in Spain.