Bangor has been identified as a ‘target location’ for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to develop a new indoor tennis centre.
The LTA plans to spend £125m on 96 new UK indoor centres, over the next 10 years, to take its total to 396. England will get 72 new centres with 12 each in Scotland and Wales.
The investment in tennis facilities is based on detailed analysis of potential demand through the country. The governing body for tennis in Britain has identified 96 priority target areas in England, Scotland and Wales for the development of new indoor courts.
The new analysis overlays population data against the locations of existing indoor tennis facilities and is part of a new strategic approach to investment driven by LTA Chief Executive Scott Lloyd, with a similar exercise also being undertaken for investment in park tennis facilities.
By adding in a catchment area for each current indoor venue covering a 20 minute drive time, the analysis reveals areas where there are opportunities to build new facilities that meet a demand threshold of potential adult players.
The target locations have been prioritised according to the number of potential players in each area, with demographic profiles of the population for each target community used to ensure new facilities are developed in a way that also helps to broaden the participation base of the game.
Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: “More indoor facilities across England, Scotland and Wales are absolutely crucial to our ambition to open up tennis to many more people. When I joined the LTA last year I was determined to make facility investment a priority and use my experience in this area to implement this more targeted approach.
“We are already making progress with several new indoor tennis centres currently going through the planning process in Scotland, and I am looking forward to us working with local authorities and partners in all of our target locations across the whole of Britain”.
David Griffiths, Secretary of the Bangor Tennis Club, said: “we are very supportive of this LTA initiative which will hugely benefit the Bangor community. We are working with Tennis Wales to plan the way forward.”