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Barry Cawte appointed for second term as Independent Chair of Tennis Wales at AGM

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The Tennis Wales Annual General Meeting has confirmed Barry Cawte as Independent Chair of Tennis Wales for a second term at this weekend’s meeting.

The governing body for tennis in Wales has continued to navigate the pandemic during the last 14 months and seen increased investment into the sport, as well as increased participation rates across the country.

Commenting on his appointment for a second term, Barry said;

“We’ve continued to modernise Tennis Wales and in doing so have welcomed some superb new Board members. My goal has been to ensure the organisation is fit for the future. I’m grateful to the tennis community across Wales who have done an incredible job during the last year, and I’m pleased that we’re here to support them into 2021 and beyond. Together we’re opening tennis up right across the country”.

The annual general meeting for Tennis Wales recognised the economic challenges facing all sports caused by Covid-19. Tennis Wales has seen revenue drop due to reduced on-court tennis activity and sponsorship but welcomed additional investment from the LTA and Sport Wales into the sport. There are encouraging growth rates, with over 130,000 adults playing tennis at least once last year and the growth in tennis club membership of 18% compared to the year before.

The organisation is now into the second year of its tennis opened up across Wales strategy and work to develop the sport, governance and tennis pathways for anyone in Wales will continue into 2021.

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