28 Jun 2007

Abergavenny tennis club are spearheading an ongoing outreach projectAbergavenny Tennis Club is securing funding from Welsh businesses and attracting public grants to spearhead an ongoing ‘Outreach Project’ that is driving tennis into the local community.

The club has become somewhat of a figurehead for tennis in South East Wales, reaching out to businesses, public organisations and local schools in the area to help deliver a range of tennis programmes to adults and children in Monmouthshire, opening pathways for increased performance and enjoyment.

Last year the club recruited one of Wales’ largest distributors of electrical power, Western Power Distribution, to help deliver the LTA’s radical new tennis coaching initiative ‘RAW tennis’ to the pupils of nearby King Henry VIII Comprehensive School. A £500 sponsorship deal from Western Power was matched pound for pound by the Sports Council for Wales’ Sportsmatch Cymru pot – fuelling opportunities for girls aged 11-13.

Now the club is reaching out to a wider audience, serving up an Adult Beginners and Junior Advanced Leaders Project with £1300 commercial sponsorship from Heronhurst and P&R Haulage. The partnership has attracted further Sportsmatch Cymru support and swept into Abergavenny Leisure Centre last April, instructing adults and junior children in playing and coaching, where it will remain for the next 12 months.

In addition, Abergavenny TC drives a Community First Project funded by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and delivers tennis to participants from local centres involved with the National Association of Mental Health using a further grant poured from the Sports Council for Wales’ Community Chest pot.