The Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, is to integrate its activities into the Lawn Tennis Association, the national governing body for tennis in the country. The move will unify tennis in Britain, providing a unique opportunity to open up the sport to a more diverse team of people, players and leaders.
The decision was unanimously agreed by the Boards of both organisations and the process will be completed by the end of 2018, with a view to being fully operational from the start of 2019.
The Tennis Foundation’s current activities sees it work to open up tennis and its benefits to anyone and everyone, with a focus on its three primary beneficiary groups of disabled people, young people in education and young people in urban and disadvantaged communities.
Under the leadership of Chief Executive Scott Lloyd, the LTA has developed a new vision to open up tennis and grow the sport through making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable to anyone who has an interest, from players of all abilities and backgrounds, to its many millions of fans.
Joanna Farquharson, Interim Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation, said: “We are tremendously proud of the achievements of the Tennis Foundation and the impact we have had on the lives of our beneficiaries. The new exciting vision for tennis in Britain now presents a fantastic opportunity for our sport as a whole to make it one that is truly for anyone.
“We are only in a position to be able to take advantage of the opportunity integration presents because of the ground-breaking work that has been done over the past 30 years. Among the many highlights are the outstanding success of Great Britain’s disability tennis players on the international stage, supporting over 20,000 schools to deliver tennis to young people and establishing the SERVES programme to take the sport to new people and new places.
“I’d like to thank the many partner organisations and individuals who have helped the Tennis Foundation achieve what we have done, creating a legacy that the LTA can take forward and build on as part of a bright future for our sport.”
Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive of the LTA, said, “Our new vision aligns very closely with the Tennis Foundation’s great work and by integrating we hope we can take it to the next level, with greater scale and greater impact. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for inclusivity across our sport and I want to welcome the Tennis Foundation team to the LTA.”