A new junior programme has been launched by the LTA with the express purpose of improving children’s physical literacy. According to the LTA’s research, pandemic restrictions have meant that daily sport for young people has reduced from nearly 50% to under 20%.
Sessions are designed to teach ‘skills for life, on and off the court’ to 4- to 18-year-olds with the view of inspiring weekly tennis playing for 10% of the UK’s children by 2023.
The initiative builds on their previous approaches which include Tennis for Kids and Team Challenge Initiatives launched by the governing body.
With the return to play for groups across the country (12th April), this will also include competitions for young people that the organisation claims is essential for developing children.
The courses aim to teach and develop a range of physical and neurological abilities including balance, coordination and fine motor skills, with activities involving decision-making and strengthening hand-eye coordination.