Valerie attends LTA event in Parliament

I attended an event on Wednesday 26 June 2019 to support the LTA’s announcement of plans to develop hundreds of new indoor tennis courts in communities across Britain over the next 10 years.

The new facilities will add to the current total of more than 1,400 indoor courts at over 300 venues across the country. There are already a number of outdoor courts available in Walsall, including at the Arboretum. I spoke to LTA representatives about Walsall Tennis Club, which had to vacate their Birmingham Road site in 2018 after over 100 years of the Club’s history; a permanent new home needs to be found for it. This should be in Walsall.

Target locations for the new tennis centres have been chosen based the number of potential players in catchment areas within a 20-minute drive.

The LTA is the governing body for tennis in Britain, and its role is to govern and grow tennis in Britain, from grassroots participation through to the professional game.

Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: “More indoor facilities across England, Scotland and Wales are absolutely crucial in out ambition to open up tennis to many more people,” and that he is “looking forward to working with local authorities and partners in all of our target locations”.