LTA Announces Landmark County Governance Framework for Tennis

The LTA, the national governing body for tennis in Great Britain, today announced a new County Governance Framework, developed in conjunction with its County and Island (Counties) Associations, which sees tennis aspire to the highest standards of sport governance at local level. .

The decision by the LTA and counties to develop and introduce the new framework puts the sport in a strong position ahead of having to do so by the end of the year, and means tennis becomes the one of the first sports to implement mandatory governance. code for its member associations.

…the adoption of this framework as a mandatory requirement is a landmark moment for the governance of our sport

The aim of this framework is to help the LTA’s 38 county and island associations align with the UK Sport Governance Code and help them optimize the way they work, for example through their operations and working methods, financial and risk management, recruitment and inclusion and diversity. It also clearly sets out the counties’ role in delivering the LTA’s vision of opening up tennis in Britain to more people, and therefore its adoption enables the LTA to better support, fund and accelerate delivery. at the local level to help develop tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable for all.

The framework is based on the Sport Governance Code but has been adapted to maximize its relevance for tennis at local level, and has four key principles: Goal, Finances and risks, People and Inclusion. Under each principle, priority focus areas have been defined that will support good practice in governance, while the LTA will also provide counties with a comprehensive suite of guidance documents and templates to enable the adoption of each principle. .

Among the requirements of the new framework, each county association will develop and implement its own inclusion plan that mirrors the LTA’s National Inclusion Strategy to ensure the sport reflects the diversity of the communities it serves, while new term limits will allow management committee members to serve for up to 9 years. All counties will also be required to provide comprehensive public reports on their governance, structure, strategy, operations, financial status and progress on inclusion.

County Governance Framework – Principles

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The four principles of the County Governance Framework:

Principle One – Purpose

  • The associations have a common goal of providing and supporting tennis in their local communities, in line with the LTA strategy. To varying degrees, they provide and enable playing, training and competitive opportunities for players of all abilities and work closely with venues, coaches, volunteers and officials to help develop the game.

Second principle – Finances and risks:

  • Ensuring effective financial, legal and risk management helps ensure that an association can successfully implement a long-term, sustainable strategic plan.

Principle Three – People:

  • Having an appropriately qualified and well-structured group of people who are effectively managed, motivated and recognized will encourage good decision-making and support effective delivery.

Fourth Principle – Inclusion:

  • Associations play an essential role in promoting an inclusive culture. Therefore, they should represent a wide range of backgrounds, encompassing a variety of experiences and areas of expertise in order to meet the needs of all sections of the local community.

“Collaborative project”

The adoption of the new governance framework is the result of a collaborative project over the past 18 months which has seen the LTA and the LTA Council review the LTA’s accountability to county and island associations in order to help them support their work. At the same time, the project examined the role and overall purpose of county and island associations, their accountability to the LTA, their members and the wider tennis community, and how alignment with the LTA’s strategic plan LTA for sports can advance the basic tennis activity.

The delivery of the project was led and shaped by a joint working group of LTA and county representatives, through extensive consultation with county and island associations, working hand-in-hand to co-create the framework.

With the support of the LTA Council and following a general meeting of LTA members this week, compliance with the new county governance framework is now also a condition of membership. This decision reflects the shared commitment to upholding standards of good governance within tennis and will mean that (member) counties must comply with the framework in order to remain members of the LTA.


Scott Lloyd, CEO of LTA, said: “Good governance in sport and tennis is no exception. It is imperative that county and island associations have appropriate governance structures in place. The adoption of this framework as a mandatory requirement is therefore a watershed moment for the governance of our sport.

“Counties are at the heart of tennis in Britain and this framework will help them embed good governance, so they are better able to play their part in growing our sport and supporting our vision to open up the tennis to many more people. As always, we look forward to continuing to work with the counties as one team to implement the new framework so that our sport can continue to thrive in a safe and inclusive way.”

“Working together to do what is best for our sport”

Roy Colabawalla, LTA Councilor and Tennis Development Committee Workstream Lead for the County Governance Framework Project, said: “The development of this framework has been a fantastic demonstration of the collaboration between the LTA and the County and Island Associations, working together to do what is best for our sport. Its adoption signifies our shared commitment to the good governance of tennis and, more importantly, its implementation will undoubtedly improve our sport and ensure that we can all continue to play a role in opening up tennis to all who are interested. ‘interested in it’.

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Phil Smith, Director of Partnerships at Sport England, said: “Sport England and UK Sport developed the Sport Governance Code in 2016 with the aim of building better managed sport organisations, particularly in areas such as safeguarding and equality, diversity and inclusion. The developments announced to the Code last year – including the need for organizations to establish good governance by establishing, promoting and supporting the implementation of minimum standards – were made with the intention of building on its impact to date.

“It is therefore extremely welcome to see the LTA taking the lead in tennis governance standards at county level. Just as opening up sport for all is central to Sport England’s work on our Uniting the Movement strategy, the The LTA’s role in working with its County Associations to implement this framework will be crucial in opening up tennis for the benefit of all, as is their vision.”

…we need to have good governance (in sport) at local level if we are to encourage new players, boost diversity and make people from all walks of life feel welcome. Great to see the LTA stepping up its work in this area

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Sport is a huge force for good. It brings people together to enjoy healthy competition and helps them get fit. But we have to manage its governance well at local level if we are to encourage new players, stimulate diversity and making people from all walks of life It’s great to see the LTA stepping up its work in this area and I can’t wait to see the benefits, from village clubs to international events.


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