Durham & Cleveland LTA is the governing body for tennis in Clubs and Venues from Hutton Rudby in the south to Blaydon in the north, from Saltburn in the east to Barnard Castle in the west. Funded by a combination of Club registration fees and sponsorship and run by volunteers, our goal is to build and support a vibrant and sustainable network of clubs, venues and coaches committed to achieving increased participation in tennis in all parts of our area.
We work side by side with the LTA to achieve this objective, and have adopted the national strategy:
Tennis is a sport that can be played and enjoyed by young and old, and we are dedicated to ensuring that all our registered Clubs and venues are inclusive with the highest standard of equality and diversity at their core.
Alongside this work, we recognise the paramount importance of ensuring all tennis is offered in a safe environment, and we are responsible for setting and maintaining the highest standards of safeguarding and welfare in collaboration with our colleagues at the LTA. We ensure our Clubs and venues adopt and implement these standards and our Safeguarding Officer is always available to offer advice and support in the protection of the interests of children and vulnerable adults.
Finally, we are responsible for organising and running the County Coaching Programme and County Teams that compete in LTA national summer and winter competitions. We manage the County Junior Coaching programme, which identifies talented juniors from clubs throughout our area and provides a top quality performance coaching programme to put them on the pathway to ever greater success in their tennis careers. We are very proud of the achievements of our County Teams, who are often competing against counties many times our size. In 2019 our Ladies Over35 team reached Division 1 for the first time in our history and in 2018 we were awarded the LTA’s Most Improved County Trophy for the performance of Adult Men’s and Ladies teams and our junior teams.