The statistics for Tennis in the UK are devastatingly poor: • Great Britain produces 1 ATP/WTA ranked player in every 706,708 people – in Czech Republic that is 1 in every 132,729 people. • In Great Britain there is 2,855 people per outside court and 41,455 per indoor court. In the Czech Republic there is one outside court per 923 people and 1 inside court per 3,955 people. • In the last 10 years Great Britain has only built 60 indoor courts whereas the Czech Republic has built 2,275. These lack of facilities are the single most limiting factor in tennis development in the UK. Over 60% of UK adults are overweight and obese and over 20% of young people fail to complete the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day. Netball – Our facilities will help to grow this sport and engage more junior and adult players and develop England Netball community programmes such as Walking Netball, Back to Netball, Netball Now and friendly tournaments/festivals. Investment in Sport is vital.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
As sports, Tennis and Netball are now some of the most inaccessible for young people unless you are a member of a club or attend a well-resourced Independent School. This is why our proposed new all-weather Tennis and Netball Centre has such huge potential to make a difference to old and young across this area of Buckinghamshire. As a school which is set to grow in number to over 1300 students over the next 5 years this will offer all year around play plus the opportunity for dedicated Tennis and Netball coaching to all our students. We also deliver the Sports Partnership facilities for 10 local primary schools increasing the impact to over 600 more students with the opportunity to deliver to further primary schools in the area, We are in a unique position to partner with our local tennis and netball clubs – none of which have any all year round covered play currently. To offer accessible Tennis and Netball opportunities to support the next generation of professionals and Olympians.
Steps to get it done:
Over 60% of UK adults are overweight and obese and over 20% of young people fail to complete the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day. This is why investment in new sports facilities is so vital. But such facilities must be situated at the heart of the community and accessible to all irrespective of cost and class. Sports is very important in our life. It can make our life comfortable and happy. If we can play sports we can learn time management, responsibility and team skills . Sports and games can be of great value to people who work with their brains and who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Moreover taking up a sport has also many psychological benefits. It relieves the stresses of everyday life and it helps individuals identify with a group and replace their loneliness with the security of belonging. Playing sports can make you stronger and healthier, contributing to lower obesity rates. The legacy of the 2012 Olympics must be to tackle the inactivity of the next generation.
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