The Youth Charter ‘22’ Tenniswise Report provides a unique social and cultural review of the past, present and future tennis provisions for our young people and their communities, locally, nationally and internationally.


Tennis is a traditional sport in the UK, with the annual Wimbledon Championships providing British Tennis with global prestige and recognition. However, at a social, grass-roots and cultural level, tennis has often been seen as a white middle class sport, lacking mass participation appeal, diversity and inclusion in the UK’s most diverse and disaffected communities.


As the National Governing Body for tennis in the UK, The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has set about responding to this challenge with a British Tennis Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2018. This new plan is focussed on increasing the number of people playing tennis and enriching people’s lives through the sport.

YC '22' Tenniswise Report (2015)



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    Founder and Chair

    Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

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    Pearly Gates

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    Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

    Clive Lloyd CBE

    Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

    Lord Herman Ouseley

    Sir Steve Redgrave CBE

    Dame Sarah Storey DBE

    Lemn Sissay MBE

    Sir Rodney Walker

    Frank Warren


    Elaine Banton

    Mark Barratt

    Juliet Donoghue

    Nadine Dyer

    Peter Ibsen

    Phil McCauley

    Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

    Chris Sayers

    Ronnie Todd