British participation numbers down again; LTA funding at risk

Thursday, December 12, 2013 /by
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The Lawn Tennis Association could lose all of its Sport England funding after a national survey of grassroots participation in all sports in England showed that the number of tennis players has continued to decline.

The Telegraph reports that in 2012, the LTA’s funding was reduced by Sport England from $40 million to $11.6 million because participation was declining, and that the organization did not have a credible plan to boost participation.

There was allegedly a promise made of an additional $16.8 million if progress was made in 2013, but in the latest Active People Survey—which measures participation levels based on the number of people taking part in an activity for at least 30 minutes a week—the number of tennis players suffered a nine percent drop, with only 406,000 active participants compared to 445,100 a year ago.
 

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