Covid-19 (June 2020) Hardship Fund Support Scheme For LTA Accredited Coaches

What is it?

Continuing the support for LTA Accredited Coaches during this period of restricted activity, the LTA is providing a hardship fund of £1,000,000 to which LTA Accredited Coaches may apply. The repayable support is being made available for those coaches most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with the goal of ensuring that tennis in Britain emerges from this period in as strong and healthy a position as possible, and the sport is able to resume its unique role in keeping the nation active.

Who is eligible?

This fund is available, at the discretion of the LTA, to those LTA Accredited Coaches who have significant concerns about cash flow for their coaching business. To access the fund you will need to match all of the eligibility criteria below:

  • You were LTA Accredited / Accredited+ or in Accreditation grace period as at April 10 2020
  • You are 18 years old or above at date of application submission
  • You have agreed to and completed the declarations and conditions in the application form
  • You are willing to support the LTA, for the lifetime of the support agreement, to help kick start tennis when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted through a ‘Back to Tennis’ campaign

How will it work?

  • Coaches can apply for different levels of support, from £1,000 to £5,000 (in increments of £1,000)
  • To help us understand the need for financial support you will be asked to provide a short explanation outlining why you need to borrow the money
  • The support should be repaid over three years after an initial repayment holiday that extends to 15 August 2021 (1 year approximately depending on the time of application)
  • These emergency support funds will be interest-free, unsecured financial support for LTA Accredited Coaches
  • Applications will close once £1,000,000 has been applied for, or on 31 July 2020, if this is sooner
  • No further applications can be accepted once the hardship fund is exhausted 
  • Only one application to the hardship fund per LTA Accredited coach will be accepted, and no changes to the amount applied for can be made after your application has been submitted.
  • Repayment of the support will be by way of six instalments, over three years starting from August 15 2021 onward.

How do I access it?

The application process is now closed.  

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