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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th July 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Labour

Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) regarding the fee structure for coaching courses and for the Level One coaching qualification for school-aged children; what assessment they have made of the impact of fees charged on participation by young people from (1) state, and (2) private schools; and whether they have advised the LTA to vary that fee structure according to which type of school a young person attends.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We want all young people, regardless of economic background, to be healthy and active, and playing tennis is a great way to achieve this. Coaching courses and participation fees are for sports to manage, but as set out in the government's sport strategy Sporting Future, we should ensure that opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity are as inclusive and accessible as possible

Sport England published its new coaching plan “Coaching in an Active Nation: The Coaching Plan for England” earlier this year, setting out a key objective of making it easier to become a coach. An important part of that is reducing the costs of entry. Sport England has recently commissioned a review of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) which will include looking at the issue of the increased cost of coaching qualifications.

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