Tennis is an expensive game when it comes to developing young talent from beginner to Tour level – perhaps as much as £250,000 (with the bulk of those funds being required to compete internationally).
The LTA operates a progressive player pathway that supports players through the Pro Scholarship Programme (PSP) for players aged 16+ and the through the National Age Group Programme for those under 16.
The PSP supports a limited number of players who have the greatest chance of progressing into the top 100 within the next 1-5 years based on a rigorous selection process, whilst the National Age Group Programme offers an extensive camp and trip calendar for players aged 11-16.
The LTA acknowledges the financial challenge that many players face and hence they work in partnership with us at Tennis First to help ensure grant aid is available for aspiring players to help meet the significant costs of becoming a tour player.
However, Tennis First chooses its players independently and in assessing applicants’ potential it takes into account other non-financial factors (e.g. injuries, late development). It is flexible enough to direct resources where they are most needed, which could mean extra coaching; specialist advice (e.g. physical training, psychology); travel expenses; or contributions to academies.
None of the money is distributed without proper scrutiny of the effectiveness of the grant, both for the recipient and the charity. Take a look at our current Grantees.
Who we are
Tennis First is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number 1173079), a charity registered with the Charity Commission, and helps young players throughout the UK who, in our opinion, have all the attributes required and are dedicated to fulfilling their potential of reaching a senior world ranking of 250 and better.
Who supports us
Tennis First could not operate without the help of many individuals and organisations who support us. The trustees are immensely grateful to all those who contribute support, but in particular to the LTA and the Wimbledon Foundation. Other notable supporters are listed here and elsewhere on our site you will find opportunities for individual support which we hope you will take.
Who we support
Tennis is arguably the most expensive game in which to develop to a high level as a professional player and many families find the financial demands a real burden. Our aim is to give as many players as possible the opportunity to achieve their potential which they might otherwise not have. Tennis First awards grants for coaching and training, and more importantly, for the expenses incurred in competition which after the age of 12 will almost certainly involve international travel.