The article below is dated 8 July 2008 but it's as relevant now as it was then. I live close to the municipal courts in Edinburgh's Meadows, in the south side of the city, but I only see youngsters using them around Wimbledon time and, despite claims to the contrary in the article, I have yet to see any visible coaching taking place. All the Council's focus is on the decidedly elitist tennis centre at Craiglockhart, which is great if you've got the money. Their failure to rebuild the fire-destroyed public indoor courts did nothing to help foster any enthusiasm either, as, our weather being what it is, they were
popular and had the advantage of being available all year round. Some, albeit limited, coaching facilities were also available.
I'd suggest that the LTA have talent spotters visit municipal courts in towns and major cities around the UK, and give illustrated talks in schools, during the months of June and July, when interest in tennis is at its peak and when there might be a hope of finding and encouraging potential. The only problem then, of course, is - where do the kids go from there? This is where the provision of local, low-cost centres comes in, with Council grants possbly available for the most impoverished. http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/andrewmurray/Protesters-make-a-racquet-over.4265108.jp
Incidentally the Meadowbank Sports Stadium was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games yet, after less than 40 years, it's "not fit for purpose". Pathetic.