Suffolk encouraged to apply to apply for a slice of Historic £250 Million investment in grassroots tennis
Posted: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:30
- Historic grassroots tennis investment arrives in Suffolk with roadshow event
- Local groups encouraged to apply for funding to transform local facilities
Local tennis clubs, community groups and businesses are being given the chance to submit ideas to transform their local facilities as part of the LTA's historic £250 million-pound investment in grassroots tennis at a LTA roadshow event in Suffolk this month.
The event is being held to showcase the LTA's Transforming British Tennis Together – a programme which aims to reduce the barriers to playing tennis by doubling the number of floodlit and covered courts across the UK over the next ten years, increasing available playing hours. The initiative will also see the LTA work with local communities across Suffolk to:
- Install online booking and entry systems so everyone can book a tennis court easily from their mobile phone, computer or tablet;
- Refurbish courts, clubhouses and other social spaces to ensure players have a great experience every time they visit;
- Support other innovative and creative ideas that meet local demand.
Representatives from the LTA will be at the event to explain how local groups can access funding for projects in their area. Interested parties can take advantage of this opportunity by attending the roadshow event at Ipswich Town Football Club on Tuesday 19th September at 10:00 – 13:00. To register for the event in Ipswich visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transforming-british-tennis-together-roadshow-tickets-35510210997?aff=es2
Investment can make a world of difference in people's lives, like for Ipswich army veteran Gary Bull, who uses the indoor facilities at Ipswich Sports Club for weekly sessions with the iFit VI tennis programme for people with visual impairments, which Gary suffered following a neck injury following tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gary said: "The VI tennis group is the highlight of my week. It has not only helped my physical health and fitness but has given me a much more positive outlook on life. Before my injuries, I used to play a lot of sport, although I'd never played tennis, so I knew the benefits that sport can bring.
"The facilities and the club are vital, and the indoor courts mean we can play in the right environment for VI Tennis and throughout the year. We're all really made to feel welcome here which is also so important."
Carrera Clarke, LTA South East Community Business Partner Manager said: "Through Transforming British Tennis Together, the opportunities are there for communities across Suffolk to partner with the LTA and benefit from this record level of funding to improve their local facilities. Our event next week is a great chance for groups to find out more and tell us their ideas to help get more people playing."
Registering interest in bidding for a slice of this unprecedented funding is quick and easy via the LTA's website, http://www.lta.org.uk/TBTT. For information on other regional roadshow events through September and October and to find out more about Transforming British Tennis Together and what the investment can do for communities, visit http://www.lta.org.uk/venue-management/facilities-advice/