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Support Your Venue

As a tennis venue it is important to think about ways of improving what you already have for now and for the future. Here you can find out about managing your tennis programmes and expanding into the community to help grow both membership, and playing numbers.

ClubSpark

ClubSpark is an online platform to help you manage, promote and deliver activities at your venue - and is FREE to LTA registered venues.

ClubSpark is designed to save you time on the admin, whilst helping to attract more people to your club and sessions through the unique integration with the LTA website and our campaigns. 

ClubSpark currently offers the following features:

  • Court booking.
  • Member management.
  • Coaching.
  • Open days.
  • Contacts.
  • Website builder.

Getting started

Get started and register your venue on the system.

Find out more about the support and information available.

Club Development Planning

Working towards implementing and delivering a clear and logical long-term Club Development Plan is what we would encourage all tennis club management committees to do. 

A long-term development plan helps all within the club understand the direction that the club is moving towards and identifies the step-by-step actions that members of the club need to achieve. 

A Club Development Plan provides a basis for the committee to steer the club towards, and helps to ensure that the club is focussed on those areas that really will help the club achieve their aspirational goals.

How to write a Club Development Plan

We recommend writing a four year Club Development Plan.

For information on how to write an effective plan please read the Club Development Plan Guidance.

To help with planning please download the Club Development Plan Template and to break these goals into manageable chunks we encourage clubs to also use the Club Annual Action Plan Template.

Tennis Programme Management

Regardless of whether you are operating as a commercial tennis venue or a small village club, you should be thinking about your venue programme and any associated costs.

Programme models

Tennis programmes are the core of any well run tennis venue as it ensures the membership is engaged in the game, regardless of their reasons for playing. Below, find example programme models that you can put in place at your own tennis venue.

A cost effective tennis programme

This excel spread sheet will assist you in costing your tennis programme, listing income streams & key overheads to ensure the programme is profitable.

Club Matters

Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

Vist the Club Matters website.

Expanding into the Community

As a tennis venue it important to link with a school or community group to raise awareness of your facility and programme of activity, it also widens your potential talent/membership pool.

 

School club links – A guide for coaches and tennis venues

Nine and a half million children go to school in Great Britain, so it is the obvious place to promote a tennis programme and to encourage more children and young people to take up the sport. Find out more about bringing clubs and schools together on the Tennis Foundation website.

Club Structures

The LTA does not have any rules or requirements that specifically state that a club must be structured in one legal form or another. It is a matter for each club to determine the legal form that is best suited, based on it's own circumstances.

For further information, please download the Club Structures Guide alongside our guidance and template constitutions for CASC or non-CASC clubs. 

Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC)

Does your club want to save £4,000 per year? This is the average cash benefit to clubs registered under the CASC scheme which has been worth around £16 million to tennis clubs since the scheme has launched. 

Find out more information on CASC.

Finance, Tax and Sponsorship

Finance and Tax

We would strongly advise venues to comply with rules for employment taxes, corporation tax and VAT to avoid charges for back tax, interest and penalties.

To help you stay on top of your club's taxes and finance, we have created a single guide to provide generic information.

If you are working on a major project within your club, we would advise developing a business plan to ensure the project meets your club's objectives and is within your financial capabilities. 

Please see our business planning guidance for further information. 

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is a great way to raise funds and increase the profile of your venue. It always makes sense to start with your members first. The majority of sports clubs sponsorships are created through relationships existing members have with a local business or individual. 

Download our quick guide to sponsorship

Play Tennis Fund

The Play Tennis Fund is a small grants funding scheme aimed at supporting the tennis network in establishing effective local projects to grow tennis participation.

Find out more

Mini Tennis Blended Lines Fund

The Mini Tennis Blended Lines Fund is a new dedicated fund to help get more people playing, more often through Mini Tennis. 

LTA Registered Venues will be able to apply for a fund of up to £500 to cover the cost of marking out Mini Tennis lines.

Find out more

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