The International Tennis Federation has awarded Gold Level status to the LTA National Tennis Center in South West London, making it the third national association to receive the highest recognition for its facilities.
Following a thorough review process, the LTA has met published requirements in six key areas including facilities, training and integrity. In particular, they were noted for the quality of services available to athletes ranging from U12 level to the highest level of tennis and wheelchair tennis, and for the system put in place to ensure that the coaching staff of the LTA (and other development experts) work in both an integrated and collaborative mode, with the private sector to develop to manage talent.
The National Tennis Center was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2007 and is considered the birthplace of British tennis. The Center has 20 world-class tennis courts on all Grand Slam surfaces to the highest specification, as well as three padel courts. There is a dedicated player lounge, locker rooms, performance gym (state-of-the-art equipment for athlete strength and conditioning), medical room and on-site cafe. For players or support staff who wish to stay overnight, there are 22 residential bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
It is a real honor to receive this award from the ITF and to become one of only three national training centers in the world to achieve this distinction.
ITF President David Haggerty joined LTA Managing Director Scott Lloyd at the NTC in London to present the award and unveil the Gold Level plaque which will be in place for the next four years.
LTA CEO Scott Lloyd said: “It is a true honor to receive this award from the ITF and to become one of only three national training centers in the world to achieve this distinction. This is a testament to all the hard work that the entire team on site put into making NTC the best it can be. We are very proud of the fact that our players now regard the Center as their home away from home and will continue to strive to make it even better.
ITF President David Haggerty said: “This recognition isn’t just for the bricks and mortar that make up a facility called the National Training Center, it’s more. It is about creating the systems and programs that allow a nation to focus on producing coaches, players and leaders. The LTA has shown what can be achieved, shown how the continued pursuit of excellence is rewarded and I am delighted to award the Gold level of recognition for the next four years.
In 2018, the ITF and several major tennis nations established criteria and minimum standards for NTCs to ensure quality standards around the world.
ITF recognition is based on a series of criteria and minimum standards at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Candidate countries are required to provide evidence and undergo an assessment of their NTC which demonstrates the systems and procedures in place in five key areas – facilities and equipment, management, coaching staff, sports science and medicine and programs for athletes. players.
The LTA National Tennis Center is the third NTC to obtain Gold status after the National Training Center of the French Tennis Federation in Paris and the USTA National Campus in Florida.
For developing countries that aspire to achieve such recognition, the ITF offers assistance in the form of installation grants, visits from ITF development officers and experts, and the provision of approved equipment. by the ITF on the functioning of a national tennis center and effective programs.