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Emma Raducanu and the LTA Team up to inspire the next Generation


The LTA have this week teamed up with 2021 US Open Champion and BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner, Emma Raducanu to launch an exciting new competition to help inspire the next generation of tennis players across Britain.

Through the competition, schools across the country are being given the opportunity to win a virtual Q&A session with Raducanu exclusively for their pupils, simply by signing up to be part of LTA Youth Schools and completing an online teacher training course.

LTA Youth Schools is free for schools to join, and is a central part of LTA Youth, our flagship junior programme of which Raducanu is an ambassador.  Aimed at kids aged 4-18, LTA Youth has been developed to help more children and young people enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability, or background.

Emma Raducanu 2021 US Open Final

At the heart of the programme for both primary and secondary schools is an innovative teaching curriculum for schoolteachers to deliver that has been especially designed to help develop children mentally and physically both on, and off the court.

Rolled out across both primary and secondary schools, the innovative resource content features a range of both tennis activity challenges and tennis-themed lessons covering subjects such as numeracy, literacy, geography and science. 

I want to encourage and inspire more young people to get out there and get active

In addition to this, all schools where a teacher completes the LTA Youth Schools course will also receive a £250 voucher to spend on ten hours of team-teaching support from an LTA accredited Coach or on equipment.

Commenting on her involvement with the LTA Youth Schools competition, Emma Raducanu said: “I want to encourage and inspire more young people to get out there and get active. Not only is tennis great for your overall fitness, but it has also taught me perseverance, how to balance my education with sport and given me the opportunity to meet new people.”

Since its launch last year, LTA Youth has been a tremendous success, including seeing over 5,400 teachers trained to deliver LTA Youth Schools at thousands of primary and secondary schools across the country.

Tom Gibbins, Head of Education and Community Tennis at the LTA said: “LTA Youth Schools has been an overwhelming success since we launched, with over 8,500 schools already engaged in the programme.

“We’re delighted to be teaming up with Emma to engage even more teachers and schools in tennis, by offering teachers and their pupils the unique and special opportunity to speak directly with one of sport’s global stars.”

To stand a chance of winning the prize, schools just need to have signed up to be part of LTA Youth Schools, our free junior programme, and complete an online teacher training course, before 13 May.

If you are a teacher and want to find out more about LTA Youth Schools and to sign up for free, please click here

For parents wanting to find out more about the LTA Youth Schools programme, please click here

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