Our
Strategy


We run a mixture of free and low cost tennis programmes using community spaces and the park courts in Finsbury park. The key aims of the project is to promote weekly physical activity and social inclusion playing tennis. We want to introduce more people to the great sport of tennis with a focus on people from low income or unemployment, persons of black and minority ethnicity (BAME) and individuals who identify themselves as having an SEND.
The project tackles some of the key barriers that can prevent people from taking part in weekly physical activity including economic circumstances and accessibility. These factors have informed the programmes we have created. By forming partnerships with local community groups we have been able to offer tennis within local housing estates, youth centres and schools.

 
Not all sports were created equal when it comes to their accessibility. Typically, if you are looking for a game of tennis or some coaching you need to access a venue, come equipped with rackets and balls and most likely cover the court/coaching fees and membership fees. The great game also has a somewhat negative image of being for the middle class which means it often gets overlooked by the uninitiated.
And that is a real shame because there are fantastic documented benefits to playing tennis.

Health benefits of tennis

  • Improved aerobic and anaerobic health
  • A full body workout
  • Strengthen critical thinking
  • Transferable motor skills that apply to most other sports
  • A non impact sport perfect for players of all ages and physical ability
  • Improved coordination, flexibility and balance

Why
Tennis



 
4%

Highest participation among any BAME group playing tennis on at least one occasion every four weeks
10%

average of all BAME groups who would like to try tennis

 

Where
We
Deliver


Our programmes are located in three local authorities in north-east London: Hackney, Islington and Haringey. There are key social issues that continue to have a detrimental impact on local communities in these boroughs that need a continued response.
The three boroughs have some of the poorest communities in the UK impacted by an above the national average of unemployment, on top of this there are high levels of obesity among young children and high numbers not participating in any form of physical weekly activity.
 
10th

Hackneys ranking for local authority districts in England with the highest proportion of children and older people living in income deprivation
41%

of Year 6 children in Hackney 2016 were classified as overweight or obese
38%

of children in Islington are living in poverty
50%

Population predicted to be classified as obese by 2040

 

Our
Strategy


We run a mixture of free and low cost tennis programmes using community spaces and the park courts in Finsbury park. The key aims of the project is to promote weekly physical activity and social inclusion playing tennis. We want to introduce more people to the great sport of tennis with a focus on people from low income or unemployment, persons of black and minority ethnicity (BAME) and individuals who identify themselves as having an SEND.
The project tackles some of the key barriers that can prevent people from taking part in weekly physical activity including economic circumstances and accessibility. These factors have informed the programmes we have created. By forming partnerships with local community groups we have been able to offer tennis within local housing estates, youth centres and schools.

 

Why
Tennis



 
Not all sports were created equal when it comes to their accessibility. Typically, if you are looking for a game of tennis or some coaching you need to access a venue, come equipped with rackets and balls and most likely cover the court/coaching fees and membership fees. The great game also has a somewhat negative image of being for the middle class which means it often gets overlooked by the uninitiated.
And that is a real shame because there are fantastic documented benefits to playing tennis.

Health benefits of tennis

  • Improved aerobic and anaerobic health
  • A full body workout
  • Strengthen critical thinking
  • Transferable motor skills that apply to most other sports
  • A non impact sport perfect for players of all ages and physical ability
  • Improved coordination, flexibility and balance

 
4%

Highest participation among any BAME group playing tennis on at least one occasion every four weeks
10%

average of all BAME groups who would like to try tennis

 

Where
We
Deliver


Our programmes are located in three local authorities in north-east London: Hackney, Islington and Haringey. There are key social issues that continue to have a detrimental impact on local communities in these boroughs that need a continued response.
The three boroughs have some of the poorest communities in the UK impacted by an above the national average of unemployment, on top of this there are high levels of obesity among young children and high numbers not participating in any form of physical weekly activity.
 
10th

Hackneys ranking for local authority districts in England with the highest proportion of children and older people living in income deprivation
41%

of Year 6 children in Hackney 2016 were classified as overweight or obese
38%

of children in Islington are living in poverty
50%

Population predicted to be classified as obese by 2040

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