British tennis wants to prove the sport is accessible to all - that it's not just for 'the white middle classes'. As a result, the Tennis Activator coaching programme - a Tennis Foundation, LTA-backed venture - was created about two years ago.
Now, in eight locations across the country, more than 600 'Activator' coaches are taking tennis into communities that might traditionally miss out. They were able to do so after undertaking quick, low-cost, and easily-accessible training courses.
After encouraging signs, the scheme is set to be rolled out nationally. Phil Jones reports from an inspiring Community Tennis Pilot scheme in inner-city Birmingham.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Tennis Activator, contact the Tennis Foundation. You can also explore our