Tennis programme pilot to serve up more participation in St Helens

St Helens Borough Council has served an ace after being invited to take part in a pilot tennis programme to encourage more participation and increase the number of active coaches.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 2:38 pm
Windle ward councillor, Mancyia Uddin, and St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, Councillor Anthony Burns, on the public tennis courts in Victoria Park, Windle

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the UK’s national governing body for tennis, has approached the council with a proposal to deliver a ‘We Do Tennis’ programme on public tennis courts in Bankes Park, Victoria Park, Queens Park, Mesnes Park and The Spinney in Rainford.

‘We Do Tennis’ is one of the most respected coaching providers in the sport which helps improve tennis coaching at tennis clubs of all sizes across the UK, with programmes held locally at Eccleston Park and Rainford tennis clubs.

Over the past few years, the council’s sports development team has developed a strong working relationship with the Lawn Tennis Association which has led to local tennis clubs receiving grants, and a priority to increase tennis court usage at the many free-to-use courts in public parks in the borough - while links will be established with schools to secure further investment for the LTA Youth Programme.

Welcoming the announcement, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, Councillor Anthony Burns, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Lawn Tennis Association, increase coaching opportunities and encourage people to become more physically active by trying sports like tennis in beautiful outdoor settings like our parks.

“As a council we’re committed to promoting good health across our communities which is why activities like tennis are accessible for people to play for free in several parks across the borough.”

We Do Tennis is expected to start in the public parks listed over the coming weeks. As part of the Prime Minister’s recovery roadmap, sports like tennis will be able to resume from March 29.

A full list of local public and private courts can be found by visiting: clubspark.lta.org.uk/ StHelensCommunityTennis