Birmingham’s Dan Evans has enjoyed a successful few weeks, reaching his first ATP tour Final, beating two top ten players and reaching the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Evans, who trains at Edgbaston Priory Club when in the UK, is part of a much wider tennis story in Birmingham which has seen huge investment over recent years to support the growth of the game.
A multi-million pound redevelopment by Edgbaston Priory Club in partnership with the LTA opened in 2013 and included a new six court indoor tennis centre, Wimbledon standard grass courts, the Ann Jones Centre Court as well as gym and fitness facilities.
The investment provided a platform for the development of tennis across the city and has enabled the Club to:
- Provide training facilities for aspiring young tennis players and elite athletes such as Dan Evans through a performance programme
- Provide free access to tennis coaching and facilities through the refurbishment of tennis courts in parks and schools in the city
- Host the Aegon Classic Birmingham, the pre-Wimbledon grass court tournament for the world’s top female players, one of the top 20 tournaments on the WTA tour and one of Birmingham’s major sporting events.
Edgbaston Priory Club is committed to getting more people playing tennis more often and in 2016:
- 66 aspring players were enrolled on the Club’s performance programme, six were selected to play for GB and three competed at Wimbledon
- Over 2,000 children were introduced to tennis in schools
- Over 800 children took part in coaching programmes at the Club and in the community
The Club’s achievements in building and developing tennis in the local community were recognised in 2016 when it was awarded ‘National Community Venue of the Year’ by the Lawn Tennis Association.
For more information on the club’s community and performance programmes, contact: