The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has developed a comprehensive four-year education strategy with the support of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) which has been formally agreed by the LTA Board.
The new strategy will be supported by UKAD and focuses on broadening the reach of anti-doping education. A team of anti-doping educators will be recruited to provide workshops at High Performance Centres, the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) camps and the National Tennis Centre. Plans also include engagement with coaches, medics and parents, alongside proposals to establish a bespoke anti-doping panel to steer and monitor the delivery of this strategy.
LTA Chief Medical Advisor Dr Michael Turner said: “The LTA recognises the importance of anti-doping education so that players are equipped to make the right decisions as their careers develop. Furthermore, by reaching out to coaches and those around the players, we hope to maximise the support available to help players be and stay clean.”
UKAD Director of Communications and Education Nicola Newman added: “We welcome the LTA’s Board-level support for a formal anti-doping strategy and their recognition that education is key to achieving clean sport.
“We look forward to working closely with the LTA over the next four years and together developing a team of educators who can work with young players, their coaches and other support personnel up and down the country.”