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Streetgames and the Lawn Tennis Association will launch 100 pop-up tennis clubs across the UK to help disadvantaged young
11:40am Friday 4th July 2014 in Sport
Streetgames and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are working together to bring the excitement of Wimbledon to disadvantaged young people in Watford.
The partnership will see 100 pop-up tennis clubs created across the UK, with CHILD UK, based in Hertfordshire, one of the charities to benefit.
Andy Murray became Britain’s first men’s singles champion in 77 years last summer and despite the Scot’s early exit this year, the partnership aims to channel the excitement of Murray’s win at the All England Club 12 months ago to bring tennis to young people.
There are 1.6 million young people who live in disadvantaged areas in the UK, with research showing the poorest households spent less than £2 a week on sport.
With the help of the LTA, StreetGames hope to combat the trend by helping youngsters develop a sporting habit.
Michael Downey, chief executive of the LTA, said: “Last year the StreetGames Pop-Up Tennis programme was a resounding success, bringing tennis to the doorstep to hundreds of young people across the country.
“We want to see more people playing more often which is why we’re very excited to extend the programme further so even more young people can enjoy tennis this summer.”