We know first hand how tennis can help build confidence and develop skills, both on the court and off. The Serves programme aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged people by giving them the opportunity to play tennis.
We take tennis into places it's never been before, equipping local people trusted and rooted in communities with the skills to provide tennis activities for everyone.
As part of Serves, the Tennis Activator course trains community champions with basic tennis organisation and delivery skills to confidently run a session in a fun and informal way. We also provide a range of dynamic and flexible resources including a permanent pop up court, alongside modified kit (soft balls, appropriately sized rackets and nets).
ASTON MANOR ACADEMY
Weekly tennis sessions attended by mixed group of 11-15 year olds. Majority og participants are Pakistani and Black African and Caribbean. Eight activators trained to sustain sessions throughout summer term.
CLIFTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Weekly after-school tennis session on a Tuesday. There are also 2 extra-curricular lunchtime tennis opportunities for the pupils.
Targeting 60 young people to take part through the duration of the project with single tennis activator trained to run sessions
THE BUDOKAN AND HUB
There are sessions every week delivered to different target audiences with after school sessions on Wednesdays for both male and female participants aged between 14 – 18 from local schools and the community. Also, a separate session for 19yrs and above, open to only female members of the community.
MUSLIM SCOUTS ASSOCIATION
Tennis is delivered to young men and separate sessions for the females. Each session will last 1 hour and takes place at our centre or Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre on Sunday engaging 20- 30 individuals.
ODARA WOMENS CENTRE
Tennis sessions target new participants to the sport by advertising in local community centres and via word of mouth in the local communities. Odara have a client interest form which also indicates the level of latent demand. Sessions are run by three trained activators on Saturday mornings aiming to sustain atleast 10 regular participants.
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Faith Centre Model
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Sporting Equals host Active Sport Zones at the large cultural events throughout the country. The Active Sports Zones allow people to get engaged with sporting activities giving them an opportunity to try something new and connecting them up to local opportunities.
We encourage the sports sector to take action in light of new opportunities, changing demographics, utilising talent and attracting talented individuals from under-represented groups.
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Sport For Communities
A national project backed by £2 million from the Treasury and supported by DCMS, awarding grants to community projects.