Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Lawn Tennis Association

Duchess to Attend Wimbledon
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge applaud the victory of Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen in the mixed doubles on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, 2016.


National Tennis Centre, London

Tuesday 31st October

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on Tuesday 31st October. Her Royal Highness became Patron of the LTA in December 2016, taking over the Patronage from Her Majesty The Queen who held the role for 64 years.

The LTA is the national governing body of tennis in Great Britain, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The LTA’s mission is to get more people playing tennis more often.

Upon arrival, The Duchess will receive a briefing from key representatives of the LTA on its latest grass roots activities and high-performance objectives.

Her Royal Highness will then watch several on-court sessions. The Duchess will have the chance to take part in the Tennis for Kids session. This is an LTA-run programme which introduces and teaches young children aged five to eight years old how to play and enjoy tennis. Her Royal Highness will also watch a wheelchair tennis demonstration. The Duchess will then have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s top junior talents as well as members of the training team including coaches, nutritionists and physiotherapists who will share what it takes to be a top junior player.

Finally, The Duchess will meet some of the Coach Core apprentices who will be leading a tennis training session. The Coach Core scheme was designed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to take young people aged 16-24 with limited opportunities, and train them to be sports coaches and positive role models and mentors in their communities. Coach Core has been working with the LTA over the last 18 months to identify employer partners and additional training opportunities for apprentices around the UK. In turn this helps the LTA target new workforce and participants in diverse communities around the UK.

To read more about the Royals at Wimbledon, the world’s most famous tennis tournament, make sure to grab a copy of Royal Life issue 24 for all of 2016’s highlights.

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