£30m to refurbish public tennis courts

The government and Lawn Tennis Association have announced a £30m package to refurbish more than 4,500 public tennis courts in the most deprived parts of the UK, and support a new generation of players to get into the sport.

The package, which will see £21.9m committed by the government and £8.4m by the Lawn Tennis Association, is designed to open up the sport to people of all backgrounds.

Courts at more than 1,500 venues will be revived under the scheme in support of the government’s commitment to levelling up sports provision across the nation, and provide greater opportunities for everyone to follow the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance on physical activity.

The government has also announced almost £30m a year will go towards improving and opening up school sport facilities in England, as well as to improve the teaching of Physical Education at primary school.

This will build on the £10.1m which has supported schools to reopen their sports facilities after the Covid pandemic and increase opportunities for children and young people all over England to take part in sport.

It builds on the £320m PE and Sport Premium, announced for the academic year 2021-22, which supports primary schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision so that pupils experience the benefits of regular exercise.

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