COVID-19 Support Packages

The health and wellbeing of the nation is of utmost importance at the moment, and our thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by the coronavirus.

We know that many involved in tennis in Britain are concerned about their futures and are facing significant challenges. As such, earlier this month we announced our multi-million pound support package, designed to ensure clubs and venues remain viable and players, coaches and officials are not lost to our sport.

Below is an overview of all our packages of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain who have been severely impacted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

These measures have been developed by the LTA, in consultation with Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, and will make additional support available to tennis venues, coaches, officials and players in recognition of the vital contribution these groups all make to tennis. Our goal in providing them is to help tennis in Britain emerge from this period in as strong and healthy a position as possible, and that our sport is able to resume its unique role in keeping the nation active as soon as conditions allow.

We have prioritised making packages live that relate to the payment of grants, so that those eligible can receive this money as soon as possible. Details for some other packages are being finalised and will be added as soon as they are available.

You can read our announcement of these support measures here. For further information in relation to the coronavirus and tennis in Britain please refer to our dedicated page at lta.org.uk/coronavirus.

We hope that the combination of this new package and the continuation of our existing support will help ensure our whole tennis family is able to operate post COVID-19 and we can all continue to deliver our collective vision of opening up tennis to many more people.

Take care and stay safe.

Scott

(Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive)

Venues

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Loan Repayment holiday

A repayment holiday of six months for existing LTA facility loans

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LTA Venue Registration fee reimbursement

The LTA will reimburse registration fees to all registered venues that have paid their registration fee to their National, County or Island Association for the 2019-20 registration period. 

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Venue Support Line

A helpline LTA Registered Venues can call to get free advice as to whether they are eligible or not for Government support packages and how to apply, as well as other advice.

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Hardship fund

Financial support to help tennis venues who have concerns about managing their cash-flow, both now and in the near future.

Coaching

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Accredited Coach and Tutor Grant Support Scheme

Financial support grants for full-time LTA Accredited Coaches, covering both the self-employed and those who are sole directors of limited companies. Applications are now closed.

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Accredited Coach Hardship Fund

Further details in relation to this support package will be made available at a later date.

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Qualification Provider Grant Support Scheme

Targeted support for our coach qualification provider network. Relevant organisations are being contacted directly regarding this support package.

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Qualification Provider Loan Support Scheme

Additional targeted support for our coach qualification provider network. Eligible organisations are being contacted directly regarding the loan package.

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Coach Support Line

A helpline LTA Accredited Coaches can call to get free advice as to whether they are eligible or not for Government support packages and how to apply, as well as other advice.

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Accreditation Extension & Free Online CPD

We have agreed a period of leniency for renewing accreditation, which will see a temporary extension to the normal accreditation renewal grace period and all online CPD courses will be available for free until 31 July 2020. 

Officials

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Officials Grant Support Scheme

Financial support grants for full-time LTA Licensed Officials, covering both the self-employed and those who are sole directors of limited companies. Open for applications from Monday 20 April 2020.

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Officials Support Line

A helpline LTA Licensed Officials can call to get free advice as to whether they are eligible or not for Government support packages and how to apply, as well as other advice.

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Transaction Fees Reimbursement

The LTA is reimbursing fees incurred by Competition Organisers and LTA Licensed Officials through processing player entry refunds following the cancellation of competitions. The officials to whom this is relevant have been contacted directly.

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Licence Extension & Online Webinars

Temporary extension for LTA Licensed Officials where their licence has recently expired or is due to expire in the coming months, and provision of additional online webinars, workshops and tests

Performance

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British Tour Prize Money

Increased prize money for British Tour tournaments should these events resume later in the year.

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Tournament Bonus Scheme (TBS)

An enhanced Tournament Bonus Scheme for British players linked to professional events should these resume later in the year.

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Player Grants

Financial support grants for professional British players who meet eligibility criteria and who are not currently in receipt of LTA player funding. Open for applications from Monday 20 April 2020.