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Old Jun 13th, 2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Bob Brett announced as Director of Player Development

http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2014/June...ent-Announced/

Lloyd was talking to Castle in the Queen's commentary about a report by Brett due today. Perhaps the report recommended that the LTA should employ Brett in a high-paying role.

I imagine there'll be more articles forthcoming.
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Old Aug 26th, 2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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Relocation of high performance talent from the National Tennis Centre

As Thetraveller3 commented about this in another thread...

Belated LTA initial statement: http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2014/Augu...Centre-Update/

BBC piece: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/28911520

Original Telegraph piece: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/ten...it-opened.html

I can't say I've got my head round what will be left at the NTC. Are the courts and other facilities going to be standing idle for long periods? Dug up? Can they sell some of the site off to reduce the tax burden?

Much as I despise Draper, my recollection of the the inception of the NTC is different from the Telegraph's. It may have been completed during his reign, but I thought it was commissioned by the previous regime.
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Re: Bob Brett announced as Director of Player Development

Apparently 30 weeks of national camps for juniors. Fed cup and Davis cup prep time will be based there. Not sure what they will do with grass courts, gym facilities etc.
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Re: Relocation of high performance talent from the National Tennis Centre

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As Thetraveller3 commented about this in another thread...

Belated LTA initial statement: http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2014/Augu...Centre-Update/

BBC piece: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/28911520

Original Telegraph piece: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/ten...it-opened.html

I can't say I've got my head round what will be left at the NTC. Are the courts and other facilities going to be standing idle for long periods? Dug up? Can they sell some of the site off to reduce the tax burden?

Much as I despise Draper, my recollection of the the inception of the NTC is different from the Telegraph's. It may have been completed during his reign, but I thought it was commissioned by the previous regime.
I don't think they know that either. I have to say though, I do agree with what Judy said about building many more smaller centres across the country rather than pouring £40 million pounds into one high performance centre. Although it seems absurd not to make full use of it completely now.

Surely the best way to get more British tennis players is to get more people participating from a young age. We were lucky if the tennis rackets came out two or three times a year and we had tennis courts on an all weather surface during spring and summer. Mostly it was dominated by rugby in the winter and football in the summer. Also it's hard to compete with football as it's such a dominant sport, it's a shame the general public only really care about tennis during the fortnight Wimbledon is on. The LTA should be going to schools and introducing kids at a young age to tennis as well as trying to get schools to incorporate it into their sports programmes.
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