Team Challenge Tennis Competition for Juniors | LTA | Tennis in Britain

Team Challenge

Team Challenge is a fun, team competition aimed at mini and junior players in club programmes who are new or inexperienced to competition. The competition offers flexible event and scoring formats in addition to a number of fun prizes and giveaways to maximise the experience for the players on the day. All formats are team based and matches do not count for ratings and rankings.

In it's first year during 2016-17, a total of 10,835 children and young people took part in 625 Team Challenge events across Great Britain. View an infographic of Team Challenge 2016-17 which provides some useful statistics from our first year.

Find out more below on how Team Challenge works, the role of the Cluster Organiser and what support is provided.

How does Team Challenge work?

Team challenge is organised by a local cluster organiser (e.g. coach, competition organiser, club volunteer) at an LTA Registered Venue. The cluster organiser invites local venues within approximately 30 minutes to take part in a recreational team competition which is held on one day over a 2-3 hour period. The cluster organiser decides on the entry fee per player (usually £5-£10 per player) and keeps all entry income.

When does Team Challenge take place?

The competition launched in September 2016 following initial trials during the winter 2015-16.

Each cluster is expected to run a minimum of one event during each school term. For example, a cluster may choose to run a mixed orange ball event in February and a mixed yellow ball event for 11-14 year olds in March. 

Events take place at a time and date to suit the host venue. Each cluster organiser is asked to consider existing local competitions that may be taking place such as county & district leagues to avoid any potential clashes. Suggested dates are provided for organisers which can be seen below:

What is the role of a Cluster Organiser and how do I become one?

The cluster organiser co-ordinates a number of local venues to deliver the Team Challenge.

The organiser can decide on gender (Boys, Girls or Mixed), age group, event format and scoring format based on local demand (e.g. Girls only event for 15-18 year olds). Format options are flexible and matches do not count for ratings and rankings.

Read a Case Study from the Central Scotland Cluster who have completed 5 events between October 2016 and March 2017 which have featured 182 players.

LTA Regional Teams in England, Scotland and Wales are currently identifying Cluster Organisers. Please view the map below and if your area does not currently have an organiser and you’re interested in becoming a Cluster Organiser contact the competition team at teamchallenge@LTA.org.uk

What resources & support does a Cluster Organiser receive?

Full support is available to each cluster organiser through the LTA Competitions team and Regional teams. Confirmed cluster organisers will receive a competition pack prior to their event(s) which includes a detailed cluster organiser guide, a small number of free tennis balls, drawsheets, certificates, prizes/giveaways and even a competition organiser hoody.

Note: A court grant of £100 will be offered to indoor venues who run an indoor Team Challenge event between 1 November and 28 February. Exception: indoor venues hosting a red ball event during this period will receive a court grant of £50.

How do Cluster Organisers submit results?

On completion of each event, Cluster Rrganisers must complete the short online form (2-3mins to complete) to submit results.

Team Challenge – Post Event Submission Form

2018 Suggested Dates

Spring Term 2018: Suggested Dates

The following are the suggested dates for organisers to schedule events to take place during the Spring Term 2018:

  • Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 January 2018
  • Saturday 3 or Sunday 4 February 2018
  • February Half Term
  • Saturday 3 or Sunday 4 March 2018
  • Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 March 2018 (BIG WEEKEND)

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