We’re the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity.
We believe anybody can play tennis. Anyone from any background and any community. No matter what their age, shape or ability.
We exist to create opportunities. Our aim is to make it possible for all sorts of people to pick up a racket and take up the sport. Even those people who never dreamt tennis was for them. And especially those who don’t normally get the chance to follow their dreams.
Why do we do it? Because tennis is a great sport, yes. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a powerful force in people’s lives that can help them stretch, grow and flourish in so many unexpected ways. It’s not just about what happens on the court. Whatever wider potential someone has inside them, tennis can help bring it out.
Our mission is to open tennis up to anyone and everyone. We take tennis into places it’s never been before, into all kinds of communities and neighbourhoods. Diversity and inclusion aren’t just token words for us. They are at the heart of everything we do.
Take our work with schools and colleges. By helping more and more young players take up the sport, we equip them with a sporting attitude that stays with them for the rest of their lives. For us, there’s no barrier stopping anyone from enjoying tennis. We know this is true because we’ve helped people with a wide range of disabilities play – and love – the sport.
To help us deliver our vision, we work closely with the Lawn Tennis Association and a wide range of diverse partners.
To make tennis a sport which is inclusive and accessible to all people and communities
To open tennis up to anyone and everyone, making it possible for them to enjoy the many health and social benefits of the sport while maximising their personal potential
Our beneficiaries cover a diverse range of people, but our work is united with the underlying ethos that we use tennis as a vehicle to make a real difference – transforming lives, building futures and empowering and enabling people to maximise their potential. Our core areas of work cover;
Disabled People – Empowering & Enabling
From grassroots to the world’s best, we provide opportunities to play tennis and progress in the sport to anybody, with any disability
Young People in Education – Building Futures
We help young people in education in schools, colleges and universities to reach their potential, both on and off the tennis court
Young People in Disadvantaged Communities – Transforming Lives
Through our SERVES programme, we use tennis as a vehicle to unite, educate and inspire young people in disadvantaged communities, as well as communities and venues in which tennis is not traditionally played
Supporting Wider Participation
Working with the LTA, we fund specific activity to enable more people to play tennis, more often