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

Join ClubSpark with over thousands of venues and coaches across the UK who have successfully created a simplified management experience for their organisations and is a free benefit to LTA registered users.

ClubSpark is an online platform that provides digital tools that enable you to operate in a more efficient way, such as:

  • Complete membership management system
  • Online court booking system
  • Coaching management 
  • Contacts management 
  • Personalised website manager
  • Host national campaigns and run your own events
  • SmartAccess and more.

ClubSpark will save you hours of administration and ultimately grow your business.  

For more information on ClubSpark, check out www.clubspark.com or follow ClubSpark on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest news and updates. 

For ClubSpark support, get in touch with the helpful team at support@clubspark.com.  For registered users, we encourage you to check out the online help guides within the admin area. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us on 0208 487 7000 or info@lta.org.uk.

Register your Venue

Get started and register your venue on the system.

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.

Tax and Legal Structures

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. 

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 Legal Structures and Status Guide.

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.

Fundraising and Sponsorship

Attracting additional funding is often crucial for the running and operations of many tennis clubs, particularly for those clubs seeking to deliver a new project. 

There are various approaches clubs can take to attract further investment from grant funding through external funding bodies, sponsorship or even local fundraising activities.

To support clubs in understanding more about these opportunities and to get some ideas as to how to raise additional money for your club we have produced some guidance resources to support you:

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

General Data Protection Regulations

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches.

GDPR comes into force from 25 May 2018 and will impact on all organisations including tennis clubs, venues and in many cases coaches. It will affect how organisations collect, use and store individual’s data and information. Tennis clubs and coaches are encouraged to review and amend their data processes in order to ensure that they are compliant with the new regulations and to avoid potentially significant financial penalties.

We have developed GDPR guidance and template resources to help tennis clubs and coaches understand GDPR and put in to place the necessary processes and procedures to be fully compliant.

Please note, the LTA is aware that many Venues make use of Clubspark. Venues do not need to physically sign a data processor agreement (like the template provided by the LTA) with Sportlabs to cover a Venue’s use of ClubSpark. The terms and conditions of ClubSpark which the venues accept as part of the registration process will be updated to reflect the requirements of the data processing agreement. For those Venues already registered they will be provided with the option to accept the updated terms and conditions.

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