Become a tennis volunteer
Over 25,000 people choose to volunteer in tennis across Britain at a local, county, regional and/or national level. There are countless ways you can get involved too, whether you play tennis or not.
From helping at our summer events to helping support your local courts, there’s a role to suit you and your lifestyle. We’d love to welcome you as a volunteer in tennis, and you can explore how to do so further down the page.
Free Park Tennis is a new programme that gives more people the chance to play tennis – offering fun, social tennis sessions at a local park court near you.
Sessions are free for all ages and abilities, running for one hour every Saturday or Sunday at 10:00 and are led by our team of trained volunteers – also known as Free Park Tennis Activators.
We're always looking for more Free Park Tennis Activators to work together as a team and run these fun sessions.
Most venues simply wouldn’t be able to run without the support and enthusiasm of volunteers. There are many ways you can get involved and enjoy making a difference in your local community.
Many volunteer roles don’t even require tennis playing experience, including committee roles (such as chair, secretary, treasurer, welfare officer, competition organiser, groundsperson, IT/web volunteer) and ad-hoc/informal roles such as supporting competitions, events and open days.
If you’re already a member of a venue, speak to a committee member to see how you can help out.
If you’re not a member, use our below tool to find your nearest venue and get in touch:
At national level, there are exciting opportunities to volunteer at major tennis events in Britain, such as the Rothesay Open Nottingham and the cinch Championships, as well as home Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup ties.
You could help support in spectator services, ticketing, volunteer management, logistics or driving. It’s a fantastic way to feel part of our incredible events and get close to the action.
Opportunities to volunteer at these events are usually advertised on our website three to four months before the event.Iif you're interested in being a volunteer at any of our events, please head to our event vacancies page below:
County Associations and clubs are often looking for volunteers to support regional and local events and competitions throughout the year, including at county tournaments. Speak to your County Association to find out more.
If you’re 11-18 years-old you can also get involved in volunteering through LTA Youth Tennis Leaders. This programme equips young people with essential leadership skills and is accredited by Sports Leaders UK.
Over 4,000 young people complete the course each year, giving them the confidence and knowledge to start working or volunteering in tennis. Roles they can get involved in include supporting the coaching programme, contributing to the committee and helping with competitions or promotions.
Below you can hear from Tennis Leaders and how they've benefitted from the programme:
We provide resources for free and the courses can be delivered by any Level 3 tennis coach or secondary school PE teacher. Find out more about LTA Youth Tennis Leaders.
County tennis associations support clubs and leagues and organise competitions to grow local tennis, with similar structures also set up regionally. Most county tennis associations are run by volunteers and there are a range of committee and non-committee roles available, as well as opportunities to help at county competitions.
Counties have an open recruitment process and welcome diverse skills and experiences. Contact your local county association directly to find out how you can get involved:
Coaching is a rewarding activity that can inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to pick up a racket and discover a new sport for life. Tennis coaches are usually full or part-time employees but often rely on the support of volunteers to deliver their programme – speak to the coach(es) in your venue to see how you can get involved.
Have you considered undertaking a Level 1 qualification? It’s a great option if you’re passionate about starting a coaching journey and takes just three days plus a little work experience.
Search the different Level 1 qualifications below and find a course for you:
Five reasons to volunteer
Each tennis volunteer has their own story and motivations for getting involved in the sport. Whilst you’re helping others, you’re also helping yourself – volunteering can improve your mood, reduce loneliness or anxiety and help you discover and develop positive personal qualities.
Below are five reasons why we think you should consider volunteering:
Make a difference
Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding. It’s a chance to make a real difference to people’s lives through tennis and, ultimately, to contribute towards growing the game across Britain.
Have your say
By taking on a key position or sitting on a management committee, you'll have the chance to influence the direction of your club or venue and help drive positive change for your community, such as improving the facilities.
Develop interpersonal skills
It’s not just about what you put in, but also what you can get out of your experience that can potentially be life-changing. Volunteering can help you improve your self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and organisational skills and demonstrates your commitment, all of which are highly valued by employers too.
Many people volunteer in sport to meet new people and make friends in their local community. Volunteering can give you the platform and opportunity to build strong relationships and life-long friendships as you work together to help grow tennis at your venue.
Improve mental wellbeing
Volunteers often report that they feel happier by using their time productively to help others. It can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, as well as mental and physical stimulation.