In particular, Stow Park Tennis Club in Newport has seen an
increase in memberships thanks to the development of an App which
is available to download on iPhone and Android smart phones.
The free to download App which has improved club communication
by allowing easy and instant publication of news events, court
availability and fixtures has been welcomed by members and Tennis
Following the success, Tennis Wales have launched their own App
with the hope of changing the perception of tennis across the
Simon Clarke, Tennis Wales said: "I feel that we're moving with
the times - the App has been designed to give people easy access to
news and events happening across Welsh tennis as well as
information on upcoming coach education courses, direct access to
our Facebook and Twitter pages and live data from competitions.
"For us, the main benefit of the App is the ability to be able
to input match results directly onto the system straight after the
match - players are able to look through the league tables, match
statistics and upcoming fixtures at the click of a button.
"The App has been on our radar for a while, especially as it's
one of the Lawn Tennis Associations top priorities - we were
inspired by the success of Stow Park and as a result worked with
their developer, student Max Price who has gone above and beyond
As the younger generation is more inclined to turn to mobile
Apps to find information, it is hoped that the technology will open
a new way for Stow Park, Tennis Wales and other clubs to
communicate with and attract a younger audience.
Simon Napper, ICT Manager at Sport Wales said: "A typical
smartphone today is more powerful than a desktop computer from 2-3
years ago. Apps are seen as the future of software as they are a
better way of accessing information on the internet. Expectations
are that mobile Apps will be available from most organisations
including sports clubs and traditional non-for-profit
"Used properly, mobile apps can be utilised by sports clubs to
communicate with their members in a modern and effective way.
Tennis Wales and Stow Park have shown recently that it is
relatively easy and low cost to develop an App."