The Lawn Tennis Association today announced the allocation of £4.4 million from Sport England’s Community Club Development Fund to projects that will deliver a further 26 indoor courts to the tennis infrastructure this year.
The new grass roots funding will provide 13 tennis clubs with sufficient capital to complete projects geared towards adding more facilities and opportunities for juniors to take up the game and progress through year-round coaching.
The schemes awarded some of the largest sums sit directly within Sport England’s top priority sporting areas. These involve building indoor centres in Harlow in Essex and Torquay in Devon, plus court refurbishment and new floodlighting at Eastgate in Lincoln and Blackheath in London. There is also the creation of the first City Tennis Club in Leeds.
Other projects involve clubs in Blackburn, Huntingdon, Bedford (Riverside LTC), Newmarket, Chesterfield, Letchworth, Berkhamsted and Bodmin, where an existing Pay & Play indoor centre is now able to merge with a local club to form one of the biggest tennis clubs in the South West.
‘Every project is going to make a major difference to the availability of tennis to players of all ages and increase access for juniors to dedicated top-quality courts and coaching,’ said Matt James, Project Manager at the LTA.
The LTA has invested up to £12m in new club facility development during the past year as part of its Club Vision programme.
For further information please contact:
Amber Hinde, LTA Communications Executive, 020 7381 7019, 07971 141 332, Amber.Hinde@LTA.org.uk