Funding & investment
We’re opening tennis up across Wales. Together with the LTA, Sport Wales and our partners and sponsors, we’re funding and investing into the future of the sport in Wales.
There are hundreds of superb tennis coaches, officials and referees working and volunteering across Wales and we provide bursaries for subsided training and qualifications to help diversify the coaching and refereeing landscape across Wales.
By applying online, you could be offered financial support to help us open tennis up. We want the people playing, working and volunteering in tennis across Wales to reflect the population of people living in Wales, so tennis is truly representative across the country.
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There are over 1,100 tennis courts across Wales, in all 22 Local Authority areas. The LTA, the National Governing Body for British Tennis, offer interest free loan funding to eligible projects in Wales. Successful projects can access loan funding towards upgrading facilities, installing lighting, developing covered courts and building additional tennis courts across Wales.
Padlocked gates, wire fencing, no contact details or information on how to book and play tennis can stop people wanting to jump on court. Tennis venues across Wales can access grant funding to install gate access technology.
Gate access technology simply allows people to book a tennis court online, pay for it and enter a code when they play. It’s a superb way to manage your facility, removing the need for people to monitor the courts, allows you to collect revenue from pay & play users, and also make it really easy for members to access the courts.
Gate access technology can link you Clubspark booking systems and floodlighting into one easy to manage system that makes playing tennis easier than ever. Contact a member of the Tennis Wales team here to find out how your venue could install gate access technology in Wales.
Tennis needs to look welcoming, inviting and enjoyable to attract people to play. We’ve partnered with Dragon Signs to help modernise and improve the signage and branding of tennis venues across Wales.
Eligible projects can access discounted support and in some cases funding from Tennis Wales to design and install modern and innovative signage, that makes it easier for local people to find, book and play tennis across Wales. One of the largest participation barriers is people simply not knowing where their local courts are, or how to access them.
Innovative signage and branding can help get more people playing tennis and we’d love to work with venues to open more courts across Wales. Contact a member of the Tennis Wales team here to find out more about how your venue could modernise it’s signage and branding in Wales.
The majority of people who play tennis in Wales, have their first experience at school. That’s why, in partnership with the LTA we offer LTA Youth Schools training, funding and equipment across Wales.
All primary schools in Wales can access free online teacher training, providing teachers with great ways to deliver tennis in school. Once trained, each school receives a £250 voucher to spend on either equipment for their pupils, or to pay a local LTA accredited tennis coach to come into school on a regular basis.
Secondary school teacher training is now available, providing teachers with an interactive training session on how to deliver tennis to pupils in secondary schools across the country. Read more about how to access training and funding for schools online.
Tennis For Free is a UK charity dedicated to growing the game of tennis in predominantly under-privileged areas and showcasing the sport as a sport for everyone. By working in partnership, the LTA and Tennis Wales are supporting tennis for Free to establish new Tennis for Free weekly coaching programmes across Welsh public courts. Together, we want thousands of adult and juniors to be able to play tennis, without the barriers often associated with cost, access to equipment or having to travel to take part.
We’re looking for more eligible sites to join the Tennis for Free programmes in Wales. Visit the TFF website to find out more, and contact a member of the Tennis Wales team if you’d like to offer TFF.
Over 40% of all tennis participation takes place on Wales’ public park tennis courts. There are over 80 public parks in Wales with tennis courts and they’re hugely important places where local people can walk, cycle and play tennis close to home. In partnership with the LTA and Sport Wales, we’re investing into public parks across Wales. Partnership funding is available to work with Local Authority partners to modernise tennis courts, making them safe, accessible and playable for 12 months of the year for local people.
If you’re a Local Authority looking to develop your public park tennis courts, or a local resident keen to see your local courts modernised, then contact us here at Tennis Wales.
Padel Tennis is new to Wales, and is a form of tennis that is easy to play, fun and extremely sociable. It is played mainly in a doubles format on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court and can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities. Wales’ first Padel court was built in 2021 at Windsor Tennis Club in Penarth and there are plans to build more courts across the country.
There are lots of investment options to develop Padel, with loan and grant funding available for various organisations and partners across the UK. If you’re thinking about developing a Padel Tennis facility, contact a member of our team at Tennis Wales, or visit the Padel page to find out more about the sport.
We invest into a County Performance Programme and National Performance Programme to support Welsh players achieve their potential in tennis. Our County Programme Programme offers regular training, competitions, box leagues, kit & equipment offers and newsletters to 180 players in north and south Wales aged U8 – U18. Our Tennis Wales National Performance Programme support 40 – 60 of Wales’ top disabled and non-disabled tennis players with training camps, international trips and fixtures, individual player funding grants and clothing.
If you’d like to find out more about these programmes, you can read more online.
We fund and coordinate an Open Court programme across Wales, making tennis venues and coaching programmes accessible to adults and juniors. The Open Court programme provides annual grant funding to coaches and tennis venues to deliver inclusive sessions, with subsided coaching, adapted equipment and training for people delivering the sessions. We’re looking for more venues and coaches to join the Open Court programme in Wales, making tennis even more accessible to disabled players.
If you’d like to find out more, contact us here at Tennis Wales.