A familiar face in Sheffield tennis is returning to the city, to take up the challenge of growing participation in the sport. Paul Sheard has recently been appointed as the Regional Tennis Participation Manager by the Lawn Tennis Association, with a remit to increase the number of people that play tennis on a regular basis.
Paul will cover South, East and North Yorkshire, but will have a particular emphasis on increasing participation in Sheffield, which is a priority city for the LTA.
Paul has worked for the LTA for the last seven years as the Tennis Development Manager for Derbyshire and Leicestershire. However, following a re-organisation he has recently started in the new position, which will focus on creating strategic partnerships in the environments of community, club and education to increase participation.
This will include regenerating parks tennis with new programmes and investment to refurbish facilities. There will also be support for targeted clubs to grow adult participation, as well as working with schools, colleges and universities to provide a range of tennis opportunities.
Paul knows the Sheffield tennis scene well, having previously worked as Tennis Development Officer for the city, as well as formerly heading up the tennis programme at Graves Tennis Centre. He was involved at Graves during a successful time for the centre which saw players such as Anna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer and Jessica Ren emerge from its programme.
Sheffield now has it’s own tennis twitter page @SheffieldTennis which provides updates on all the latest tennis news in the city.