Emma Raducanu’s impact continues as UK government ploughs £22million into tennis
Emma Raducanu’s sensational US Open win could be set to change British tennis in a profound way after the UK government confirmed they are plowing £22million into the sport following her win in New York.
The money will be used to renovate and improve derelict park tennis courts and increase accessibility for all who have been inspired by Raducanu’s success.
The move, together with an investment from the LTA of £8.5m, will see thousands of public park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of their local community.
Park tennis court facilities are owned by local authorities and are vital community assets that can help widen the impact of the physical and mental health benefits that being active through tennis can bring.
.@EmmaRaducanu has shown that by combining hard work, skill and determination, there is no limit to what young people can achieve.
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Sustaining and increasing participation in tennis on park courts is also key to the long-term health of the sport itself and the LTA’s vision of opening tennis up to more people.
The LTA believes tennis should be relevant, accessible, welcoming, and enjoyable to anyone, and park facilities are one of the most important ways to deliver this. On the back of Great Britain’s success at the US Open, with Emma Raducanu, Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett bringing home titles, this presents a unique opportunity to capitalise on the public interest in tennis and build on the legacy of the Murray family and others over recent years.
“This programme will be transformational for public tennis facilities in Britain,” declared LTA Chief Executive, Scott Lloyd.
“Alongside the money that the LTA is putting in this additional Government investment will allow us to repair and refurbish dilapidated park courts across the country. We are also committed to ensuring that any investment is supported by sustainable community tennis programmes, so courts see a real growth in usage and local authorities can continue to invest in their courts over the long term.”
“Above and beyond the £8.5m grant funding for park courts, the LTA continues to invest in tennis programmes and facilities across the country, providing individual loan funding for many venues across the country. The LTA also remains committed to working with national and local government to support and significantly grow the network of public indoor tennis venues across Britain to compliment the 54 community indoor tennis centres currently operating.”
Meanwhile, Raducanu has arrived in America, as she prepares to play her first tournament since the US Open at the BNP Paribas event at Indian Wells that gets underway this week.
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