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Tennis in parks is part of British tennis' wider strategy to increase opportunities for people to participate in the sport and access coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities in communities across Great Britain.
To become part of the Parks Tennis programme, sites must have achieved Beacon status. This is awarded to sites that demonstrate a real commitment to making tennis more accessible and affordable in their local communities to people of all ages and abilities.
Full details on Beacon status are below.
‘A Beacon site provides a quality programme which is affordable and offers some free tennis opportunities for the local community’.
Beacon status will be awarded to sites that offer regular quality and affordable organised tennis activities and also some free tennis opportunities for the local community. They must achieve the following criteria:
On gaining Beacon Status, the site must also work with their local Tennis Development Manager to:
The benefits of attaining Beacon Status and joining the Parks Tennis programme include:
* Places to Play registration is a requirement of Beacon status, introductory discounts are available for sites that were not previously LTA affiliated.
A site may apply to become a Beacon, via direct approach to the local Tennis Development Manager. For example, a club or coach may decide to set up a programme in a local park.
A Tennis Development Manager or Tennis Operations Manager identifies a community or park site as a location already offering a quality, affordable community tennis programme, or with potential to contribute to significant growth in community tennis participation and encourage that venue to apply.
Find out more about registering your venue
View examples programme models for different sized venues