The funding is the first announcement from new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries since joining the firm with £ 22million from the taxpayer and £ 8.5million from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). An additional £ 30million per year has been announced by new Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to beautify and build new sports facilities in schools in England.
It is hoped that the funding to revive more than 4,500 courts in the UK, including 1,500 belonging to the council, will build on the success of Ms Raducanu’s victory at the US Open and ensure that Britain does not. will not have to wait again 44 years for a woman to win a major tournament.
The country has also been inspired by British tennis Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett, this year’s US Open champions, as well as Andy Murray’s accomplishments over the past decade.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “The whole country watched in amazement as Emma Raducanu succeeded in winning the US Open. I want more people to follow in Emma’s footsteps and find success on the pitch, whether it’s winning an international tournament or a racquet to keep fit.
“This is why we will invest £ 22million to repair and improve access to park tennis courts across the country as part of the Conservatives’ efforts to improve our sporting success.”
The government will invest an additional £ 30million per year to help schools build new sports facilities; modernize existing facilities and improve community access to facilities.
This will help schools provide a richer sporting experience for children, both during and outside of the school day. And it will help communities as a whole have better access to great facilities.
Mr. Zahawi said: “Sport plays a vital role in the education of our children and helps to build their character and expand their opportunities. This funding shows that we are committed to improving access to quality sports facilities to keep children active.
“We know the next Harry Kane, Emma Raducanu or Mo Farah is here, but they need the right facilities and the support to show their talent. This Conservative government will help children reach their full athletic potential.
Scott Lloyd, Managing Director of the LTA, said: “This program will be a transformation for public tennis facilities in Britain.
“In addition to the money the LTA is investing in this additional government investment, we will be able to repair and renovate dilapidated parklands across the country.
“We are also committed to ensuring that any investment is supported by sustainable community tennis programs, so that the courts experience real growth in their use and that local authorities can continue to invest in their courts over the long term.” “
Park courts are some of the most accessible for those who want to grab a racket, but 45% of courts in England, Scotland and Wales need investment because their condition is unplayable, very bad, or bad.
Currently, 50% of unplayable sites are in the most disadvantaged areas. This new investment will finance the resurfacing and repainting of the tennis courts.
The funding will also be used to increase the use of gate access systems that allow the public to access courts through smartphone apps.
The LTA will work with local authorities to put in place sustainable models to ensure that the courts can be used by communities on an ongoing basis.
The investment will be deployed over the next three years to local communities benefiting from an immediate transformation of equipment and increased participation.
This decision 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 physical activity.
The guidelines clearly state that children should aim for 60 minutes of physical activity per day and adults 2.5 hours per week.
Emma Raducanu became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977, and the first to qualify to win a tennis major.
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 calendar by winning the men’s wheelchair doubles final, and Joe Salisbury claimed “doubles doubles” victories in both men’s and mixed events.