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PL4S youngsters take tennis to Westminster

Posted on 18 June 2015  - 10:25

Participants from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) tennis programme met with Judy Murray and Sports Minister Tracey Crouch yesterday at a special tennis tournament within the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

The unique opportunity to play at this iconic venue came through a partnership between the Premier League and British Tennis to help encourage more young people to get involved in the sport.

The LTA, Tennis Foundation and PL4S transformed New Palace Yard into a hive of tennis activity as our Foundation’s participants, including students from Tottenham University Technical College, took to the court to take on youngsters representing Wigan, Stoke, Chelsea and Aston Villa.

The Foundation’s PL4S tennis programme has been growing in popularity since it launched in 2013 and attracts over 40 young people to the free weekly sessions which take place in Enfield and Barnet. Youngsters aged 14 – 19 and interested in trying their hand at tennis can benefit from lessons delivered by LTA and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches whilst developing their skills on the court in competitive matches.

The PL4S initiative offers the opportunity for young people to play sport outside of school, with the chance to take part in a range of activities including netball, athletics and volleyball.

British Tennis is working with 20 football clubs across England promoting tennis.

Claire Webb, LTA Strategic Project Manager, said: “This project is a great example of how sports can work together to increase participation and get kids more physically active by providing a range of sporting opportunities for them to experience. Working in partnership is essential if we are going to reach our mission of getting more people playing tennis more often and now in the third year of our partnership with PL4S we are seeing a significant increase in engagement. We hope to continue working with this innovative programme to provide as many kids as possible with the opportunity to play tennis.”

Simon Morgan, Head of Community Development at the Premier League, said: “The Premier League’s partnership with British Tennis, as part of the Premier League 4 Sport programme, has seen a 58 per cent uplift in the number of young people participating in tennis lessons and coaching over the past year, as well as an increase of 107 per cent in the number of females taking part. Such a large increase is testament to the hard work put in by the 20 professional football clubs who run the sessions as part of our Olympic Legacy programme.”