Get out the strawberries and cream – Monday 29th June sees the start of Wimbledon and Murray-fever is back with a vengeance.

But as well as Murray fever, Greater Manchester’s got its own star on the horizon. Liam Broady played his first 5-set match on the opening day of Wimbledon, defeating Marinko Matosevic in his first ever singles match at Wimbledon.

In 2007, Forever Manchester funded Liam’s journey, helping to fund equipment and tournament fees with a fund called the Greater Manchester Sports Fund. A fund now closed, which used to help talented sports individuals who struggled to get funding or afford certain aspects and expenses incurred with extensive training and playing required to become professional.

Liam is from Stockport and as as a Junior was runner-up in Wimbledon (2011) and the US Open (2012) and hopes to better this in the senior game.

Forever Manchester funds and supports a variety of causes, including grassroots sport.

Vision 2020 is a local group that delivers various sporting sessions and opportunities for young people within Greater Manchester. The group aim to include BME groups, as the rate of BME children participating in certain sports is low. With funding from Forever Manchester a Manchester Tennis Project was launched, providing tennis sessions for those otherwise unable to afford the hobby.

Manchester Tennis Project (MTP) was designed to develop and share hands-on knowledge on how tennis coaching and playing can further people’s participation in active exercises. The aim is for a reduction in obesity rates, to improve wellness, healthy living, reduce stress based illnesses and reduce pressure on NHS facilities within the local communities.

MTP brought together young people ages 8-18 who wouldn’t normally get involved with tennis. The project remains the most effective means for engagement and participation in the community of Gorton.

Vision 2020 said: “Efficient use of sports is the hub for reaching and engaging lots of people today, numerous studies from inside and outside of the UK documents how people are using various social sports as outlets to participate, share knowledge and more generally engage in societal matters. In line with this, our representatives met with the young and local people within the BME community of Gorton. In view of this, it was unanimously agreed that tennis coaching/playing be introduced to encourage exercise, provide somewhere to go, something to do, encourage networking and group plays among young people most importantly during future summer seasons. The aim is to offer at least 2 hours of tennis weekly, which will work towards reducing obesity and other ailments within the community.”

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