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- 25 February 2016 00:00
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Tennis participation figures might be falling nationally but locally the University of Bath’s outreach programme is bearing dividends.
Week on week, almost 1000 young people access tennis through Team Bath Tennis with total outreach figures now sitting at around 4000 each year and growing.
Participants are from all age groups. They take part in sessions run by Team Bath coaches. Many of these are organised on the University’s eight indoor and 14 outdoor courts but increasingly via outreach sessions in the region’s schools and clubs.
The youth programme, in particular, is receiving beacon attention as a potential for best practice nationwide.
For young players there is also a clear pathway from 3-5 year old "Tots Tennis” through development activities at each age-group and then a competitive team structure which culminates, in conjunction with MCTA, at the level of players like Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae who are GB’s Federation Cup doubles combination.
Director of Tennis Barry Scollo and head community coach Matt Smith are go-getters and, everyday, are seeking to develop their outreach programmes further.