A key objective of the T&RA is to increase Real Tennis participation, acknowledging that most of the 27 existing courts in the UK were (pre Covid) seeing high levels of utilisation, with a number at or near capacity.
In these circumstances, the key to increasing participation is to develop new courts. To this end, the T&RA has appointed a Director of Court Development with a brief to encourage the development of new Tennis courts. The focus will be particularly on schools, where, as with all the existing courts at schools, students will be offered the opportunity to play the game whilst an external club open to all operates in parallel.
The role involves seeking out suitable locations for new Tennis courts and, where realistic potential has been identified, providing advice and support from the T&RA in terms of design and construction, planning and finance, as well as helping in the production of presentations and/or applications to the relevant authorities as and when required.