Eight Scottish rugby players are among 15 investors providing Smash Padel with funding of £500,000.
Smash Padel opened its first club in Bicester this year and previously raised £1.8m. It has three further sites in the pipeline, scheduled to open in early 2024. Four more are expected to follow by the end of 2024.
Scotland and Gloucester’s Adam Hastings is one of the investors.
“As rugby players the game of padel makes sense to us,” Hastings said.
“Rugby gets a little trickier as you progress but it is easy to pick up and it doesn’t take much to get you hooked. So we can see parallels with padel and we identify with any social game that has its foundation in friendships for life.”
Alongside Hastings, the other Scotland Rugby investors are Adam Ashe, Richie Gray, Hugh Jones, Peter Horne, George Horne, Blair Kinghorn and James Lang.
Smash Padel also operates a junior player programme, providing a pathway for young players to get involved in the sport.
Paolo Toffollo, Smash Padel CEO, said: “We see juniors as the cornerstone of community and our junior Smashers programme is illustrative of our desire to drive participation across the age spectrum”.