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Midlands LTA Club Forum Webinars

In 2019, in partnership with the County Associations we delivered 52 local club forums, attended by 1300 volunteers dedicated to the topic of growing your membership.

We had planned to deliver something similar in 2020 but due to the Covid19 pandemic we have had to rethink our plans. Having discussed with Counties, we are going to take advantage of the recent adoption of video conferencing to deliver a calendar of webinars across all the topics within the LTA Club Support Toolkit.

Each 60 minute session is delivered by a member of an LTA regional team and is designed to give you an overview of the topic, direct you to practical resources and provide further guidance to support your club. You can attend any of the given dates in any region though you may prefer to attend one in your own region. 

Click here for the list of dates and further information.

Tennis Opened Up at Kempsey Tennis Club

Over 2,000 extra court hours have been opened up for public pay and play at Kempsey Tennis Club following work to install a new smart access gate at the village venue, one of the first of its kind across the West Midlands.

The 2019 Herefordshire and Worcestershire LTA Club of the Year teamed up with the Lawn Tennis Association, as part of the governing body’s vision of 'Tennis Opened Up', which aims to drive up participation in the sport.

Kempsey accessed a £7,000 grant from the LTA for the work to fit a new smart access gate at the entrance to the club, which has been integrated with the lighting on each court and has resulted in over 2,000 extra court hours being made available each year for public pay and play.

Payment for use of the courts and lights is now taken at the time of booking on the club website by credit or debit card, with players receiving a unique PIN to enter through the access gate. During hours of darkness, the court lights switch on automatically at the start and end of play, making it easier for Kempsey’s 150 plus members and those who pay and play at the club to continue enjoying the sport during the winter months.

Club Chair Ed Bradford said: “We have seen exceptional take up of our community pay and play offer, with nearly 150 bookings from the public since May when we were able to re-open as a Covid secure facility. The award of the grant from the LTA is great news for Kempsey and means that we have been able to open up over 2,000 hours of extra pay and play court time for people in the village and across Worcester. The integration of the lighting system also makes it even easier for people to continue playing tennis throughout the winter months”.

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Pay and Play bookings at Kempsey start from just £4 per hour, with peak time evening sessions under lights charged at £9 per hour. To book a court visit http://www.kempseytennis.co.uk/booking. Annual membership is also available, with mini junior membership starting from just £9 per year. 

Pershore Tennis Centre unveil new clay court

Pershore Tennis Centre are proud to unveil their latest outdoor facility improvement. They have turned an old unused hard court into an LED floodlight artificial clay court and would like to extend sincere gratitude to their members, Wychavon District Council and Persimmon Homes.

The renovation to court 5 has taken over 2 years to complete. The renovation was split into 2 parts while the necessary funds were raised. In March the LED floodlighting was installed and now the re-surfacing of the old hard court to a new artificial clay court is complete. Many thanks to club members for raising over £30,000, as well as to an £8,500 community grant from Wychavon District Council and a £1000 grant from Persimmon Homes.

This new court will add a much needed upgrade to the facilities at this very popular family club. With tennis participation up by 354% since lockdown Pershore Tennis Centre is seeing increasing demand for its courts.  Pershore Indoor Tennis Centre now has 5 all-weather floodlight outdoor courts: 3 artificial clay surfaces and 2 hard courts, plus 3 indoor courts with state of the art LED lighting.  Meaning tennis at Pershore truly is an all-weather, all-year round sport.

Cllr Rob Adams, Portfolio Holder for Strong Communities, Culture and Sport at Wychavon District Council, said: “We are very pleased to support Pershore Tennis Centre by providing a grant of £8,500 towards the renovation of court five. The Community Legacy Grant scheme aims to make a tangible and lasting difference to local communities. We hope residents of all ages enjoy this new addition for years to come.”

Club Chair, Sarah McCormick, agrees:

“Many thanks to all the club members that have kindly donated and been involved in our fund raising efforts for the past 2 years. We are extremely proud of this new addition and are very thankful to our loyal, generous members, Wychavon Community Loans and Persimmon Homes for making our plans come to fruition. Court 5 is now a fabulous court with an artificial clay surface and brand new LED lighting. Something to which we should all be very proud of.”

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Pershore is one of the most popular clubs in the County and looks forward to encouraging the local community to join in and see for themselves.

Safeguarding Standards for LTA Venue Registration

From 1 October 2019, all LTA Registered Venues will be required to meet six safeguarding standards as part of their LTA Venue Registration. 

This is a positive move and one which will help support venues in creating a safe, accessible, enjoyable and welcoming environment for everyone.

Please make sure that your venue meets these requirements.

Standard 1 - Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Standard 2 - Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Procedures

Standard 3 - Welfare Officer

Standard 4 - Criminal Record Checks

Standard 5 - Risk Assessment

Standard 6 - Coaching Safeguarding Standards

Details about the standards and how you can achieve them can be found via the LTA website.

LTA Venue Registration 2020/21

The 2020-2021 Venue Registration period will take place during October 2020. Venues can register outside of this window, but their members will not receive the benefit of the LTA Membership Wimbledon Ballot.

Venue Registration is the annual scheme for tennis and padel venues across Great Britain to become an LTA registered venue. Currently there are over 2,700 active tennis venues registered, including clubs, parks, leisure centres and educational sites.

You can view all the information on the LTA website by clicking here.

Volunteers' Week 2020

 

The H&W Longest Rally Challenge

In late April the H&W Tennis Community really came together in support of the inter-county Longest Rally Challenge against Tennis Oxfordshire.

We have been touched by the amount of support received from tennis families around H&W in picking up a racket, spade, inflatable banana, bottle, stick, ironing board, light sabre, frying pan, umbrella and anything else they could find to help us in this challenge.

There may not be any tennis happening at the moment but this didn’t stop YOU from taking part and hopefully having lots of fun.

It was a tough challenge and Tennis Oxfordshire really pushed hard on the final day, but it was H&W who narrowly took the victory 131 to Oxfordshire’s 127 and are crowned the 2020 Longest Rally Challenge Champions!

 

 

 

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