Date published: 17/12/2012
Pompey in the Community’s Respect Programme has recently been awarded the Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) Community Tennis Programme of Year award by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Over the past nine months, The Respect Programme has delivered tennis to over 350 young people and adults at the Barclays Spaces for Sports site at Bransbury Park, Portsmouth as part of the LTA’s national pilot. The partnership between Respect Programme and the LTA has seen the appointment of a Tennis Apprentice to deliver tennis sessions on-site throughout the year at the Barclays Portsmouth FC flagship site. This is the first time the LTA has based an apprentice within a community social inclusion project.
The Community Project of the Year award acknowledges the achievements of the tennis programme at Bransbury Park which has been over-seen by the Barclays Spaces for Sports Sustainability Coordinator. These achievements include; the development of Bransbury Park as a ‘play and pay’ site, an ever-growing disability tennis programme and the engagement of young people that are from deprived and vulnerable backgrounds and those at risk from entering the criminal justice system. Over 20 young leaders have completed tennis leadership courses and have since progressed into volunteering roles to support the delivery of the tennis programme.