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Advisors appointed by the LTA Board of Directors will each serve for a minimum of three years and a maximum of nine years and are responsible for contributing to the development of the sport, including the development and support of coaches, the engagement of volunteers alongside inclusion and diversity.

Last updated: 04/03/21 17:10 pm

Britain’s tennis governing body is expected to announce a new inclusion and diversity strategy later this year

The LTA has appointed seven new members to its board as part of its drive to make tennis a more diverse and accessible sport.

In an open letter last June, LTA general manager Scott Lloyd said he wanted tennis “to be open to everyone,” acknowledging that “we haven’t done enough” to make the sport inclusive.

Advisors appointed by the LTA Board of Directors will each serve for a minimum of three years and a maximum of nine years, responsible for contributing to the growth of the sport, including coach development and support, volunteer engagement as well as inclusion and diversity.

Of the new appointees, four are men and three are women, four are of color, two said they are from an under-represented group, while three are of a significantly younger age.

Joining the LTA Council, which consists of 54 volunteer counselors, are:

  • Lottie Birdsall-Strong – Former football player with Arsenal; recently appointed to the ECB
  • Yasmin Clarke – Former professional player; Coach of brother Jay, world n ° 204 in singles
  • Jonathon Dawes – final year A level student; Winner of the LTA Award for Young Person of the Year 2019
  • Wasim Haq – Two years on the AF Board and member of the AF Inclusion Advisory Board
  • Judith Loffhagen – Club tennis player and parent of an ATP pro on the LTA course; involved in netball in England as a player and coach
  • Adrian Packer – Founder and CEO of CORE Education Trust which operates schools in disadvantaged areas
  • Shiv Paul – Creator of a documentary film about LGBTQ + amateur tennis players that kicked off the USTA’s annual pride events

New LTA advisor Yasmin Clarke said: “I am passionate about the growth and development of tennis in the UK and the LTA’s vision to see it open and accessible to all.

“As advisors, I believe we have a unique perspective and skill set to promote diversity and inclusion at all levels of the game.”

LTA President David Rawlinson, Chairman of the Board, said, “We are moving forward on our commitment to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do, and these appointments will help us continue on that path.

“They collectively bring with them a wide range of experiences and perspectives that will be of real value to us in our work to realize our vision to open up tennis and make it a sport for all, regardless their age, background, gender or ability. “

Britain’s tennis governing body is expected to announce its new inclusion and diversity strategy later this year.

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