Since 2015, Seniors Tennis GB (STGB) has run an initiative with the LTA and a number of County Associations, designed to encourage more adults over 35 years old to play more tennis more often. The aim being to support ideas to encourage adults to take up tennis through allocating grants up to £500 for the club or facility to help develop programmes.
This has been very successful and popular, so the exercise is being repeated in 2019 with a few changes.
To spread the funds around to more schemes the likely maximum grant will be £300. The scheme will be run in two phases. Phase 1 allocations will be confirmed by mid April. Provided the demand is there with exciting and worthwhile schemes a second phase of funding is hoped to be run in July / August. It’s important to specify timings of any schemes to help the allocations. Also please do use the template provided where possible.
It’s very easy. Simply come up with a plan that focuses on encouraging take-up of tennis by adults over the age of 35 who are either entirely new to tennis or who have moved away from the game for various reasons.
Typical projects might include:
Tennis Express / Rusty Rackets touch tennis Local company tournaments
Weekend or midweek timed / FAST4 tournaments
Family sessions; Mum, Dad, grandparents and kids combined sessions etc.
All applications are welcome with new ideas preferred.
What you need to do: outline your ideas, including planned dates/times/places/costings for the event(s) proposed, participant numbers, how you aim to attract new players into the programme, organiser details and the County or National Association that you are based in or belong to, together with details of how you will measure the effectiveness of the programme afterwards. For example, you might measure the number of new members you recruit as a direct result of the activity, number of BTMs signed up etc. Applications are to be made using a form which can be found on the website at:
https://www.lta.org.uk/play-compete/competing/seniors-tennis/about-seniors-tennis/?open=participation+fund or contact Anne Clark.
Please submit your ideas and details on the application form to Anne, email address:
Anne.Clark@lta.org.uk or AC@seniorstennisgb.org
by the deadline date of Sunday 10 March 2019. All applications will be reviewed during the last two weeks in March with responses to be sent in the first two weeks of April.
We are trying to advertise the scheme as widely as possible so please do pass on in your area.
Anne Clark (on behalf of STGB)
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