What impact does your club have on the environment?
In 2022 we at the LTA published our Environmental Sustainability Plan, setting out our ambition to secure a lasting future for tennis in Britain through positive action on climate change and leadership in sustainability.
We want to support the wider tennis community to be more sustainable, in our role as national governing body for tennis in Britain. In doing so we hope to effectively support tennis in Britain in the face of rising energy costs, and changes to the environment.
Does environmental sustainability feature in your overall club strategy or do you regularly discuss sustainability at your management committee meetings?
If not, why not start by stating your club’s position on environmental sustainability publicly. We have a pulled together a statement template as a starter, so please feel free to adopt, adapt and make it your own!
Download statement template
Now you’ve got a policy statement, why not turn this into action.
We’ve created an Environmental Sustainability Action Plan, packed full of ideas you can implement. Just like the policy template, make the plan your own, remove actions, adapt them or create your own.
As the tennis community we have a huge amount of power to drive change to protect this sport and the conditions we need to play it.
This summer, we invited the tennis community to unite and act, demonstrating the huge impact we can have together and paving the way for other sports to follow.
The LTA teamed up with Pledgeball, a research-backed charity that engages sports fans, players and club members on environmental sustainability in a very accessible and easy way: individuals submitted pledges on behalf of their club via an online platform.
Pledges are simple, everyday actions that individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
The pledges are accumulated into an overall club CO2 equivalent savings figure and fed into a league ladder, which allows comparison and introduces an element of healthy competition.
We ran two rounds from June through to September and here is a list of our winners.
1st place – Ilminster Bowling and Tennis Club
2nd Place – Barnt Green Sports Club
3rd Place - 10is Academy Ely
1st Prize - Sutton Churches Tennis Club
2nd Prize - Bramhall Queensgate Tennis Club
3rd prize - Ilminster Bowling and Tennis Club
To everyone who has made pledges over the summer, thank you for your commitment to making our tennis clubs and communities more sustainable for us and future generations.
With the second round of the LTA Pledgeball League having now ended, we’d love to get feedback from venues and volunteers on the league and the overall effort to improve sustainability.
This is open to everyone, not just those who took part in the LTA Pledgeball League, and all respondents will be entered into a draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher.
We are now working with Pledgeball to evaluate the initiative and will post new updates here and through your LTA venue newsletters.
The LTA's a proud partner of the Great Big Green Week, and we'd love you all to get involved.
Starting on June 10, the Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest-ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature, with hundreds of thousands of people taking part nationwide. You can get involved by finding an event near you at greatbiggreenweek.com or organise your own and invite people in to see how your club's becoming more sustainable and nature friendly.
June 12 is #GoodNewsDay - when organisations big and small share how they're making positive changes. We'd love you to share your story on social media using #GoodNewsDay and #GreatBigGreenWeek. Perhaps like one of our success stories, Hoole LTC, you've been busy planting trees, or reducing your energy usage like Halton LTC. Whatever you've done, we'd love you to share your story and by doing so inspire others to take action themselves.
Reducing energy consumption is now a priority for most organisations, including sports clubs and venues. The below guidance has been produced in conjunction with Carbon Control Limited to help venues better procure their energy and understand energy management, so they can make strategic changes and make a sustainable difference.
Tap or click on the below image to open the guide:
The LTA are working in partnership with GMG, specialists in establishing buying-groups within the sports sector, to harness the collective purchasing power of the LTA Registered Venues to leverage significant discounts across a wide range of goods and services used by tennis clubs.
They can help you in specific areas such as with your electricity & gas (mains and LPG), solar installations, and you refuse collection.
Visit our LTA Buying Group website below for further information:
Below you'll find some useful resources and templates to help your club be more enviromentally sustainable:
Explore the below case studies to see how other clubs have followed our advice on environmental sustainability:
- Hoole Tennis Club - 'How Hoole is making a difference in the community with a green agenda'
- Halton Tennis Club - 'The phenomenal success of Halton Project Zero'
Below you can browse through some useful webinars with advice on environmental sustainability.