Tennis is fun, great for fitness and can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities – and that includes further education students. You don’t even need a tennis court. In fact, you can play it virtually anywhere – in sports halls, gyms or multi-sports areas. There are lots of different versions of the game, with suitably adapted equipment, so that anyone who wants to pick up a racket can have a go. To find out more about the range of support that we offer colleges, click here to download our Guide to FE Tennis.
We run a special Further Education programme to help colleges use tennis to enrich the student experience they offer. We provide support, advice and resources to all colleges across five key areas:
- Student Experience Enrichment
- Sport Study Programmes
- Workforce Development
- Linking with Local Tennis Venues and Coaches
All colleges can access our Tennis Leaders modules which they can run at their college free of charge. We have also partnered with OCR to provide all colleges with access to our Links to Qualifications resource – a project approach to tennis delivery.
We also support up to 30 colleges with funding to grow, develop and sustain a tennis programme in their college, by supporting tennis activity as part of curriculum support, sports leadership, workforce development, enrichment support and competition. Applications for the 2017/18 academic year close on Friday 15th September 2017. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
College Tennis Activator Role
We are currently piloting the College Tennis Activator Role with 5 colleges in England, with the aim of growing the game to college students, college staff and the local community. Each role varies slightly given individual college aims and the aims of the LTA regional teams, however each role aims to increase;
- Number of students and staff picking up a racket
- Number of students and staff playing for a minimum of 6 weeks or more
- Number of students attending training (e.g. Teacher Training, Level 1 Coaching Course)
The activators are line managed by the colleges, but supported by the Tennis Foundation and LTA regional teams.
College Tennis Ambassadors
We encourae supported colleges to appoint a College Tennis Ambassador to help develop/enhance their programme. The ambassador role varies between colleges, however common examples include:
- A student who has an interest in tennis and facilitates coaching sessions to students using social media
- A student who facilitates pop up activity in available spaces in the college
National Further Education Training Day
For the first time in 2017 we will be holding our FE National Training Day, where all colleges we support will have the opportunity to share best practice and discuss ways to develop the tennis programme within their college.
Student Tennis Network
The Student Tennis Network has been designed to act as a catalyst for the future British Tennis workforce. At the start of the 2017-18 academic year, we will be looking for 30 students who will have the opportunity to complete an online training programme with the aim of enhancing their employability skills and also allow them to gain further knowledge around the various roles available within British Tennis. In addition, they will receive mentoring from within British Tennis, attend career related workshops, develop a tennis project and selected students will have the opportunity to attend international events. For further information please click here.
Applications for 2017-18 have now closed. Please check back here in 2018 if you would like to be part of the Student Tennis Network in 2018-19.