The government and the Lawn Tennis Association have announced a £ 30million package to renovate more than 4,500 public tennis courts in the UK’s most disadvantaged areas and help a new generation of players get started in the sport .
The package, which will see £ 21.9million pledged by the government and £ 8.4million by the Lawn Tennis Association, will revive more than 4,500 courts, including those in poor condition or unplayable out of more than 1,500 Site (s.
It is designed to open up sport to people from all walks of life, support the government’s commitment to improve sporting offerings across the country and provide everyone with greater opportunities to follow the Chief Medical Officer’s advice on the activity. physical. The guidelines clearly state that children should aim for 60 minutes of physical activity per day and adults 2.5 hours per week.
It follows British tennis’ unprecedented success at the US Open tennis championships in September, led by Emma Raducanu becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977, and the first to qualify. to win the tournament. The finale was watched by a peak viewing audience of 9.2 million viewers on Channel 4 and aired on rights holder Amazon Prime.
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett also became the first all-British duo to complete the Grand Slam by winning the men’s wheelchair doubles final, and Joe Salisbury claimed “doubles doubles” victories in both the men’s and mixed events.
The government has also announced that nearly £ 30million a year will be spent on improving and opening school sports facilities in England, as well as improving physical education teaching. at primary school.
This will build on the 10.1 million who helped schools reopen their sports facilities after the Covid pandemic and increase opportunities for children and young people across England to play sports.
It builds on the £ 320million physical education and sport bonus announced for the 2021-2022 school year which helps children become active early in life, helping primary schools to improve the quality of their physical education and sport offer so that students experience the benefits of regular physical activity. He underlines the importance of physical education and sport as spelled out in the government manifesto, supported by the ambitious action plan for sport and school activities which will be updated in due course.
Further details on the granting of funding will be provided in due course.