Welcome to the second edition of the #UniTennis round up. In this publication, we focus on the wonderful student workforce in British university and college tennis.
Tennis at university or college allows more than just competing and playing the game at all levels from beginner to social to performance. There are many fantastic workforce opportunities for students to develop key skills that will help in the pursuit of post-graduate employment in all industries. A survey carried out by the tennis foundation at the start of the 2017/18 academic year across 59 partner institutions found that there were over 450 students helping to deliver tennis programmes in a variety of roles in universities across the country.
Watch this fantastic new video from Loughborough Tennis to get a flavour for the workforce development opportunities in our universities.
— Loughborough Tennis (@LboroTennis) February 9, 2018
Among the student tennis workforce, the Tennis Foundation supports the deployment of University and College Tennis Ambassadors as well as University Tennis Co-ordinators (UTCs) in higher education institutions across the country.
Currently, there are 25 UTCs deployed in universities, who support higher education programmes to create opportunities for other students to play, compete and receive coaching. Since its inauguration, 52 UTCs have completed the two-year program with 98% finding employment within a year of finishing the post – an amazing 79% in sport and 73% in tennis – highlighting the success of the program on students’ career prospects in tennis and wider industries.
Richard’s Story: “I would recommend it to anyone, it opened so many doors within tennis.”
— Tennis Foundation (@TennisFndation) January 15, 2018
You can find out more about the opportunities supported by the Tennis Foundation to join the student workforce to help drive tennis in higher education here.
National Student Tennis Network
We asked Tennis Foundation’s Further Education and Projects Manager, Paul Cummins, about the exciting new National Student Tennis Network program:
“The programme is designed to act as a catalyst for British Tennis’ future workforce. Students selected for the programme are experienced University Tennis Co-ordinators, College Tennis Activators and University Tennis Ambassadors who are looking to pursue a career in the tennis industry.”
Highlights of the programme include:
“the opportunity to interview two British Tennis employees to gain insights into their roles, work with leading university tennis staff who act as program mentors, develop employability skills through CV building training and development workshops and completing an agreed tennis project as well as having opportunities to access potential work placements within British Tennis.”
Ready and raring for Day 2 of #studenttennisnetwork launch weekend, the new @TennisFndation programme to catalyse the development of the next generation of @BritishTennis workforce pic.twitter.com/jUAc9J0L89
— Julie Blackwood (@JB_sportpsych) January 21, 2018
Students on the Network also get the opportunity to go on international trips to learn more about the tennis industry:
“As part of the National Student Tennis Network, in early December we took a group of selected students to the Master U’ BNP Paribas event in Lille – an international tournament for university-representative national teams. Students on the trip were able learn more about major event management as they had access to interviews with various individuals running the event, from officiating to volunteers to the event management staff. The group also learnt more about how tennis functions and runs in France and other major tennis nations competing at the event to take back into their university programmes.”
— Paul Cummins (@Cummins01Paul) December 2, 2017