Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

19 JUN 2013

Wimbledon fever hits Westminster

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine praised the involvement of several local schools involved in a nationwide schools tennis programme during Prime Ministers' Question Time on Wednesday 19th June.

Henry Beaufort and Kings' School were flagged up to PM David Cameron for their work with the Tennis Foundation and the LTA's Schools Tennis Programme, which since 2009 has delivered free teacher training, resources and equipment to over half (16,000) of the schools across Great Britain. St Swithun's School, Weeke Primary and Shepherds Down Special School are also taking part.

The exchange in the House of Commons came on the same day Mr Brine organised a unique pre-Wimbledon event underneath the iconic Big Ben tower outside Parliament and was arranged to promote tennis as a sport for all ages, abilities and backgrounds, at a time when it takes centre stage for Wimbledon fortnight.

Seb Coe, Commons Speaker John Bercow and a raft of MPs joined in to help promote the sport as did Prime Minister David Cameron himself.

Mr Brine, who played a short game with Former British Number 1 Greg Rusedski on the specially built court, said; "The LTA's #TennisIS campaign is working really hard to bring tennis to everyone, not just those who are members of clubs and not just for two weeks each Summer when Wimbledon takes place. I'm a huge tennis fan and love to play when I can, especially doubles which I think is the game at its best."

Greg Rusedski added: "Tennis is a fantastic sport for all the family, a great way to get fit and have fun at the same time. I'm delighted to play tennis with some of the kids from the schools tennis programme which has given so many children their first taste of tennis".

The event was a second meeting for Steve and Greg who met when the former player visited Winchester in March 2011 to open the new indoor courts at Winchester Tennis & Squash club. Since 2009 the Aegon Schools Tennis Programme has reached two million school children, putting over 400,000 rackets in their hands and handed out nearly 800,000 tennis balls to young people across the UK.

Pictured; David Cameron knocks up, and Steve Brine MP with Greg Rusedski outside Parliament at the LTA event on Weds 19th June 2013

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