The LTA has become the first National Governing Body in the UK to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.
According to the organisation, the commitment will see all LTA employees receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 in the UK, or £10.75 in London - a wage that is calculated according to costs of living and stands above the government minimum.
“The LTA is proud to become the first British sporting national governing body to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer,” said Vicky Williams, People Director, the LTA.
“Integrity is one of our core values and we believe in paying a meaningful wage to make a positive impact on our employees’ lives, no matter their position, age or location. Our employees are the lifeblood of our organisation and by paying a fair wage we are able to attract and retain the best people to deliver our vision of tennis opened up. We hope other businesses and organisations in the UK will be encouraged to become real Living Wage employers too.”
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: “It is excellent news that the LTA has become the first British sporting national governing body to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.
“They join the movement of over 6600 responsible employers such as Burberry and Barclays, who all voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff and contracted staff earn enough to live on. The LTA’s accreditation shows their passion and leadership for employee standards among sporting governance bodies in the UK, and we hope many others will follow in their footsteps. As we begin to rebuild after the turbulence of recent months, having the extra income from the real Living Wage will help to provide workers and their families with stability and security.”
Separately, the LTA has also launched a new content series as part of its ‘Play Your Way’ campaign.
Showcasing the tennis community across the country, the Dark Horses-produced ‘Humans of the Court’ series will feature stories told by coaches and players, with the aim of encouraging others to share what they love about the sport and drive participation in tennis.