The Lawn Tennis Association has increased the financial support it gives its high performance centres, enhancing the backing of its technical programmes for up and coming players.
The move is part of the organisation’s new strategy for the sport as outlined in its forwad-looking ‘Blueprint for British Tennis’ manifesto.
The support package provides the centres with access to enhanced technical, sports science, specialist men’s and women’s and facilities advice, as well as full access to the National Tennis Centre. It also provides substantially increased funding support for the centres between 2007 and 2009 taking the LTA’s total annual investment in these institutes from £1.2 million to £3.4 million.
The funding rise will help reduce the costs currently met by performance players and their parents, reducing an identified barrier to success.
Roger Draper, Chief Executive of the LTA, said: ‘We’ve spent time with the centres reviewing what’s needed and have identified a number of areas where we need to support their work better. We believe these enhanced packages, including advice from experts like Steven Martens and Dr Ann Quinn in our team, will boost High Performance Centres’ ability to get more people winning. They will also help to reduce the costs borne by players and their parents to an absolute minimum, especially for the top-rated players in each age group.’