University agrees new tennis deal

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SUNDERLAND University is set to boost tennis in the city.

It has announced a link with the Lawn Tennis Association and Tennis Foundation, joining a group of 22 higher education providers to establish a formal link through the University Tennis Coordinator Programme.

Co-ordinators have been appointed in each of the 22 universities to help develop tennis for students and the wider community and create more opportunities to play the sport.

The programme is the first step into tennis for the co-ordinators, who then have an ideal base from which to become a future part of the workforce for British tennis.

Matthew Wigham, who will be the co-ordinator for Sunderland University for the 2012-13 academic year, said: “I’m really enjoying the role.

“I’m looking forward to helping more people from Sunderland University, as well as across the area, to play tennis.”

The Tennis Foundation has increased its support within universities, with the number of co-ordinators across the country raising from 14 to 22 this year.

Each co-ordinator is in position for two years working to grow tennis at their university, while also studying for a part-time post-graduate degree.