Over £100,000 in Tennis Foundation charitable funds is to be provided to a group of tennis charities, complementing the LTA’s overall support for tennis in Britain to help those who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding recognises the crucial role charities play in the delivery of tennis in Britain, each in their own unique way. It also reflects an understanding of the difficult position charities are in at the moment, and the particular challenges that this year has created for them and the people they support.
A total of 13 tennis charities will be provided with grant funding from the Tennis Foundation of between £5,000 and £10,000 each. The charities collectively cover a wide remit of activity across the country, including work with disadvantaged communities, ethnically diverse communities and disabled people, with the following charities receiving support:
- All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust
- Bright Ideas for Tennis
- Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
- Framlingham Tennis Tournament
- Give It Your Max
- IC Philanthropy Foundation
- Judy Murray Foundation
- Queen’s Club Foundation
- Rackets Cubed
- Richard Darton Tennis Foundation
- Tennis First
- Tennis for Free
- Tim Henman Foundation
Much of the work done by the charities aligns with the LTA’s and Tennis Foundation’s shared vision to open tennis up to new audiences, and their drive to break down barriers and change perceptions so that tennis in Britain is truly seen as a sport for all, wherever you live, whatever your background and no matter your ability or disability.
Tim Lawler, Tennis Foundation Chair, said:
“We are really pleased to be able to add our support to the LTA’s efforts to help those involved in our sport who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic by making these charitable funds held by the Tennis Foundation available to such a range of wonderful charities at this time of need.
“It is hard to underestimate the individual and collective contribution they make to the lives of people across the country, and to our sport more broadly. Our evolving strategy for the Tennis Foundation is very much focused on supporting activity for disadvantaged communities, ethnically diverse communities and disabled people, groups that are very much at the heart of what these charities do. We therefore want to do all we can to ensure they emerge from this period able to continue to do their valuable work, and are in a position to play their part in contributing to the vision we and the LTA have for tennis in Britain to grow the sport in the coming years.”
The provision of charitable funds by the Tennis Foundation to tennis charities follows on from the LTA’s wider support for those involved in the sport. Earlier this year the governing body committed to delivering a significant and comprehensive support package of financial and non-financial measures, designed to ensure clubs and venues remain viable and players, coaches and officials are not lost to our sport.
Scott Lloyd, LTA CEO, said:
“Like all sport, tennis in Britain, has been severely impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The LTA itself has been impacted too, and we know that many involved in the sport have been and continue to be concerned about their futures and are facing real challenges.
“It is great to be working collaboratively with the Tennis Foundation and its Trustees so that this crucial support is provided to charities as a further strand of our overall support measures for tennis in Britain, and in recognition of the vital contribution that these charities each make to our sport. For these charities to continue to operate and thrive is essential if we are to realise the ambitions we have to grow our sport in 2021 and beyond.”
Judy Murray, a trustee of the Judy Murray Foundation, said:
“This is a fantastic initiative from the Tennis Foundation at a time of real need for charities, and we are hugely grateful to both them and the LTA for their support of it. Tennis charities deliver some wonderful work all across Britain – alongside everything the Judy Murray Foundation does, I have been lucky enough to witness the tremendous efforts of many of the other charities that will benefit from this funding, and so I know it will go a long way to ensuring we can collectively continue to open up our sport and its benefits to new people who may not otherwise have had access to it.”
Following the integration of its previous activities into the LTA at the end of 2018, the Tennis Foundation is an independent charity operating as a grant giving entity, under the direction of a newly appointed board of trustees. The charities selected to receive grants as part of this support to combat the impact of the coronavirus are a reflection of its evolving strategy, being developed in line with its shared vision with the LTA to open tennis in Britain up to new audiences.