USPTA Renews Partnership with TGA
27 Feb, 2017
Partnership Aims to Grow Tennis at Grassroots Level Through Unique School-Based Activation Program
The United States Professional Tennis Association announced today it will enter into a three-year agreement with TGA Premier Youth Tennis. Under the terms of the agreement, TGA will remain the official schools program provider of the USPTA and will continue to help grow tennis at the grassroots level and attract new business for USPTA Professionals.
TGA, which stands for Teach Grow Achieve, pioneered a school-based youth sports franchise model that has made tennis accessible to youth and families through a five-level, instruction-based program for elementary students, and a play-based program for middle school students. Its specialized curriculums were developed in partnership with the United States Tennis Association and focuses on instilling a passion for youth tennis while promoting advancement, achievement and the attainment of life skills on and off the court.
The USPTA’s relationship with TGA has positively impacted its membership through the creation of new business ownership and job opportunities. In addition, members will receive continuing education credits for coaching with TGA and an exclusive 10 percent off franchise fees.
“The relationship with TGA has been important to the USPTA over the past three years,” said USPTA CEO John Embree. “Not only does TGA offer a business opportunity for our members but TGA franchisees are encouraged to employ USPTA professionals to work in their community based programs.”
TGA franchise opportunities have created a blueprint for USPTA-certified Professionals to take their skills and quickly scale a self-sustaining turnkey business solution that introduces the sport of tennis throughout their community. The program then transitions the new tennis players to local tennis facilities, youth programs, and USTA events creating new clients and future business for USPTA Professionals.
Other partnership benefits will include the development of educational training programs for youth tennis, further enhancing TGA’s five-level enrichment curriculum, as well as the USPTA and TGA cross-promoting their brands through various channels.
“To continue to partner with the top tennis professional association in the industry is humbling. Together, the USPTA and TGA can deliver thousands of programs at the grass roots level to drive the growth of tennis at the introductory and recreational level impacting USPTA Professionals and their careers,” said Joshua Jacobs, TGA founder and CEO.
TGA after-school tennis enrichment programs take place year-round indoors or outdoors on school campuses or at community centers. TGA provides its own youth racquet equipment line with five customized sizes, balls and portable nets to all participants to safely create tennis courts on any surface. The age-appropriate skill instruction also incorporates life lessons, physical fitness, rules and etiquette of tennis, and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) Labs.
About USPTA: Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers nearly 70 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information visit www.uspta.com, or follow us at setteo.com/federacion/USPTA, facebook.com/USPTA.Official and @USPTA_Tennis.
About TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA): TGA is a school-based youth development program executed through franchises. Its franchisees are self-starters who enter the tennis industry because they have a passion for helping children become involved in youth sports. TGA introduces youth to tennis at elementary and middle schools, child care centers, and community organizations through a multi-level enrichment program before transitioning them to tennis facilities and USTA programs nationwide. TGA is a national partner with the United States Tennis Association, Wilson Tennis, The President’s Challenge on Physical Fitness, and the National Council of Youth Sports. TGA is also a national supporter of the Afterschool Alliance and Lights on Afterschool. For more information on TGA, visit www.playtga.com or follow @tgayouthtennis.