New partnership encouraging kids into sport

HASTINGS has been selected as part of a nationwide programme to bring 90 Pop-Up Tennis Clubs to disadvantaged young people around the country.

The programme was established by national sports charity, StreetGames, in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), along with The Wimbledon Foundation. It will enable more than 100 young people from Hastings to emulate the excitement of The Championships, Wimbledon and get involved playing tennis this summer.

Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for leisure and amenities, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be given a StreetGames Pop-Up Tennis Club and can’t wait to start introducing our members to the sport. This means a great deal to the community, so we’re hoping that Murray Mania will once again spread throughout Hastings and will inspire our members to pick up a racket.”

Helping disadvantaged young people to get involved in sport by creating clubs that are fun and vibrant, the programme will provide sessions on their doorsteps. It follows on from the success of the 2013 partnership between StreetGames and the LTA when 25 Pop-Up Tennis Clubs were created, engaging 720 young people from around the country.