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Here you will find all the important information for players and clubs within Berkshire as well as the activities of Berkshire LTA.
Venue (May 2020) COVID-19 Hardship Fund Support Scheme
All venues which were registered with the LTA as at the 1 March 2020 are eligible to apply for this support.
As part of the LTA’s support packages for tennis, we the LTA will be providing LTA Registered Venues with the facility to apply for simple, unsecured financial support of between £1,000 and £5,000 in value, which will be repayable over a three year period, following a repayment holiday of approximately a year, from the point at which the financial support is provided. This support is intended to provide venues with a cash injection where they are facing the issue of costs continuing during this period, but with reduced income, for example as a result of reduced membership renewals. This support will be easily accessible, and interest free. To find our more click HERE
Cathie Sabin OBE 1947-2020
It is with great sadness that we share former LTA President Cathie Sabin has passed away. Read more here
Coronavirus (Covid-19) - latest update (13/05/20)
Further LTA guidance is now live and can be found on the LTA website HERE. There are three guidance documents, one for venues, coaches and players can be downloaded below – please ensure you read the relevant guidelines in full before undertaking tennis activity.
A risk assessment template is available HERE
Venue posters that venues can display can also be downloaded from the LTA Covid-19 resources
All venues and coaches should take considered time to fully assess the guidance, along with government guidelines, with their local environment in mind. Every venue will have their own unique environment so these should be considered when outlining how players can access courts for recreational play or 1:1 coaching lessons. The use of risk assessments to cover and reduce risk is very important and no one should rush into opening up or delivering tennis coaching without undertaking these and assessing how to manage and operate their site for the safety and benefit to all.
If you have any specific questions you should contact the LTA services Hub and they will do their best to answer. Response time however may be reduced as there is a limited workforce within the Hub services team and regional teams.”
These guidelines currently apply to England only, and have been produced in line with the Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.
The Latest Advice & Guidance on COVID-19 for those involved in tennis in Britain.
As this is a rapidly evolving issue, please regularly check for the latest advice and guidance on dealing with Covid-19.
The National Tennis Centre is closed, and all activity delivered by the LTA remains suspended for the foreseeable future, including all LTA organised coaching sessions, programmes and training courses. We have also now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 31 May 2020.
The link to pages below provide additional guidance for venues and coaches to consider, with practical suggestions which will help them to operate in line with the Government’s advice should they decide to continue activity.
LTA Venue Registration Fee 2019-2020 Reimbursement Scheme
As part of our COVID-19 support packages, the LTA have launched the LTA registration fee reimbursement scheme for tennis venues. They will reimburse registration fees to all registered venues that have paid their registration fee to their National, County or Island Association for the 2019-20 registration period. To find out more click HERE
LTA Tennis Awards 2020 - Regional Winners
We are delighted to announce that Berkshire have won 3 out of 11 categories of this year's LTA Tennis Awards (Regional Winners -Central & East).
- Performance Coach of the Year: Nigel Mann
- Official of the Year: Selena Coburn
- Education Award: Queen Anne’s School
Selected from over 2,100 nominations across 11 categories, the winners have been recognised by the LTA for their outstanding contributiution to tennis over the past year.
The awards recognises the inspirational individuals involved in tennis, dedicating their precious time and energy. They also highlight the incredible achievements of some 22,000 schools, 2,768 clubs and over 9,276 LTA approved tournaments. The extraordinary contribution of these individuals and venues helps to bring fans and players closer to the game.
Progressing from the county stage of the awards, this year’s regional winners will now go forward to be considered for the national shortlist in each of their respective categories which will be announced in June.
For more details read HERE
Support Package from the LTA (3/4/20)
A national package of support for tennis in Britain covering coaches, officials, clubs and player was announced today. A multi-million pound package of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain through the impact of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Read more HERE
New Sport England Fund (1/4/20)
Community Emergency Fund - This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Click HERE to find out more..
All 2020 Berkshire Leagues Postponed (24/3/20)
ALL Berkshire Leagues in Summer 2020; Berkshire Vets League, Berkshire Summer League and Berksire National League (Adult and Junior) have now been postponed to next year due to the guidance around the developing COVID-19 pandemic. Clcick HERE to find out more.
Road To Wimbledon 2020 - venue stage cancelled
The LTA have now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to and including 31 May 2020. Therefore, no Road to Wimbledon venue stage events up to 31 May 2020 can take place. Based on this new date, and in conjunction with the All England Lawn Tennis Club, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Road to Wimbledon venue stage for 2020.
For more information on this competition please visit www.LTA.org.uk/roadtowimbledon
MANTIS Offer to Berkshire Club. Find out more ....
East Region - Inter County Red Event -a very successful day for Berkshire 8U teams at laast Sunday (8th March) at Cambridge. Read more
PROMOTION FOR BERKSHIRE GIRLS 18U. The boys had a tough matches but managed to remain in Group 3. Read more
Watch 18U Girls Team annual video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mECyMUnLthA&t=2s
Competition Age Group Changes
From the 1 April 2020, a new competition age group system for players 18 and under will be implemented based on their year of birth, making it much simpler and easier to use and understand. To find out more........
LTA Natioanl Berkshire Winter League 8U Event - Windsor LTC and Caversham LTC are the winner at @ Brafdiel TC Sunday 1 March. More pictures ......
Matt Reid, Head Coach Latika JTC, on BBC Radion Berkshire with Andrew Peach talking about engaging the juniors in tennis and openig it up to more people
Lauren Paris-Jones from Wokingham TC - Young Volunteer of the Year Nominee 2020 - Get Berkshire Active. Read more....
Financial Support for Your Venue
Looking for financial support to develop your tennis venue? The LTA’s Quick Access Loan provides funding up to £250,000 in the form of interest free loans. The funding stream is open year round and aims to provide a decision within six weeks of submission of a full application. To find out more........
Berkshire AGM - Minutes and Chairman Report - are now available
Find out who are the County winners of this year's LTA Awards
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All Berkshire league results are an embedded link direct from the LTA Tournament Software website with results automatically updated.
Road to Wimbledon Tennis Challenge (club/park/school)
The Road to Wimbledon supported by Slazenger 14U Challenge is a unique competition providing an opportunity for venues to engage and inspire their 14U pupils/players. By entering the tournament and staging an event venues can give their players the chance to qualify to compete on the grass courts at Wimbledon.
The first stage of the competition takes place in a club/park/school and organisers can choose a format relevant to their venue to deliver a fun, sociable competition for players rated 7.1-10.2 or un-rated.
The winners of these events will then progress to their County Finals. County Final winners are then invited to compete in the National Finals at Wimbledon in August. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.