Major Investment announced for young tennis players in Leeds and the region

The LTA has announced their intention to award a Regional Player Development Centre (RPDC) contract to a partnership between Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Tennis (YLTA) for four years from 1st September. The partnership with support from the LTA and Yorkshire Tennis’s sponsors will invest over £290,000 in the programme over the next four years. The Centre will be located at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove LS11 5DJ.

The tennis programme will be run by Head Coach Richard Crabtree, a well-known coach and player, who has set up a new coaching business with his wife, Laura called the ‘Cultiv8 Academy’

Further announcements will be made in the near future regarding the timescales for player invitations and other appointments.

The programme will bring together the best 10 to 14 year old players in the region and is a natural development of the programmes already in place locally and in the region.

John Crowther, the Chairman of Yorkshire Tennis said ““We are delighted to have created a high-class training centre and environment in partnership with Leeds City Council and the Cultiv8 Academy. We are looking forward to offering the best young players an opportunity to train with other talented players from the region when before such an opportunity might have been denied to them due to time and travel distances. This makes their tennis programmes much more accessible and affordable”.

Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Environment and Active Lifestyles said “ This is great news for the tennis centre at John Charles as it underpins the sustainability of the centre for local citizens and is an excellent fit for our physical activity and health agenda. We look forward to working in partnership with Yorkshire Tennis to making the tennis centre a driving force for the LTA’s player pathway strategy and a location where some of the best 10-14 year olds can really develop their game”.

Richard Crabtree added “This is a great opportunity for Cultiv8 Academy to be at the forefront of developing and delivering a new coaching programme to support the best young players in the region. We look forward to working in partnership with the LTA, Yorkshire Tennis, and Active Leeds to make the Leeds RPDC a world-class training environment for developing 10-14 year old players.”

For further information please contact John Crowther at