A qualitative study of tennis development within the county of Gwent
Treharne Howell, Jonathan
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to analyse lawn tennis clubs within the County of Gwent, to identify the current level of tennis development in terms of membership/participation levels, competitive structure, coaching programmes, facility provision, and junior development. In addition the clubs were evaluated to discover whether they were meeting the criteria set out by the Lawn Tennis Association, Tennis Wales and the Sports Council for Wales. Information was gathered from the tennis clubs in Gwent by means of postal questionnaire, from the Newport and the South East Wales area tennis development officers by means of structured interview and communication via the Internet, also by analysing many types of published literature within this area. The results highlighted that the level of tennis development within certain clubs needs to be improved if the clubs are to fulfil the visions and objectives set out by the governing bodies of the sport. However, several clubs have laid the foundations in place for future development to be made possible. This has been achieved with the funding of several facility development projects, which have benefited those clubs by increasing their level of junior membership, as well as assisting them in providing a structured coaching programme. The majority of clubs need to provide a better service if Gwent is to be the breeding ground for individuals reaching the excellence level of the sports development contrnuum. It was concluded that that tennis clubs in Gwent who want to improve and develop are actively seeking assistance from a number of different agencies. These clubs have well structured tennis development progtammes in place and will continue to provide the bedrock from which future Gwent tennis will be built. Unfortunately, those clubs not promoting and developing themselves sufficiently will face bleak prospects in the future.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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