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Mary Glindon MP backs LTA’s allplay campaign

Yesterday Mary Glindon MP joined forces with Greg Rusedski, the former British number 1, to back the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) allplay campaign to help more people play tennis at the House of Commons.

Launched this summer, allplay helps people of all abilities, from those who have never held a racket, to players looking to get back into the sport, and even people who have been playing the game for years, to play tennis.

allplay makes it easy to find someone to play of a similar level, find a court to play on and even find a coach. Since the launch, there have been almost 70,000 unique visitors to the site and over 6,700 players have registered at allplaytennis.com.

In May Mary officially opened a £1 m Tennis@Churchill an indoor, all-weather, four-court tennis environment for students, the community and local clubs.The development at the college was thanks to a £347,000 grant and a £200,000 loan from the LTA, with support from Sport England.

Mary said "Churchill Community College and the LTA are to be congratulated on investing in such a fantastic sports facility in North Tyneside and creating new opportunities for everyone to get involved in tennis.

"An indoor facility of this quality will encourage kids and adults alike to take up tennis and to play it all year round. I look forward to seeing an increased interest in playing tennis flourish in the area as a result."

Greg Rusedski said: “Tennis is a fun sport that keeps you fit, and the whole family can play together.  allplay is all about helping more people play tennis.

“I’m delighted to be part of the allplay campaign – it’s fantastic and proves how simple it is to pick up a racket and start playing tennis.”
As part of the allplay campaign, Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis, broadcaster Jamie Theakston and TV presenters Tim Lovejoy and Lorraine Kelly took up tennis for the first time to join the allplay challenge. All four have six months to progress from tennis novices to playing a match in front of a live audience at the AEGON Masters at the Royal Albert Hall in December.

LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper added: “As the national governing body for tennis in this country, our goal is to grow and sustain the sport and helping more people play tennis is a top priority for us.
“Tennis is a sport that you can play whether you’re eight or 83. There are more than 20,000 courts around the country with hundreds of free courts on many park sites.  So sign up for free to allplaytennis.com and get playing.”

To find a playing partner, a local court or coach, register for free at www.allplaytennis.com