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New tennis facilities for Tower Hamlets school thanks to London Marathon Charitable Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced new grants totalling more than £635,000 for projects in London, Surrey and South Northamptonshire.

A grant of £86,452 has been donated to St. Paul’s Way Trust School in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where Coach Christine has been running a Greenhouse tennis programme for five years. This donation with go towards the conversion of two existing tennis courts into three courts, the installation of a new floodlighting system and the introduction of community access at the site. The improved facilities will allow the expansion of our extremely successful tennis programme and support the delivery of initiatives such as cardio tennis, women/girls-only sessions, deaf tennis and social tennis aimed at increasing physical activity levels in the deprived inner city area.

Mr Graham Price, Executive Headteacher at St. Paul’s Way Trust School, said: “All of us at St. Paul’s Way Trust School are extremely grateful for the support received from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. For seven years we have been working with the charity Greenhouse Sports and the LTA using tennis as a means to build our youngsters’ confidence, which has recently been commended in a study carried out by Loughborough University. This grant enables us to have a third tennis court, to reach more young people and to introduce a community dimension to our work.”

A huge thank you to the London Marathon Charitable Trust and the Tennis Foundation for supporting the school, and in turn, the Greenhouse Sports programme at St. Paul’s Way Trust. This funding will allow us to expand our tennis programme in the area and give more young people in the borough of Tower Hamlets access to an all-year-round tennis facility that will help them develop skills for life.

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