Wheelchair Advisory Board

Volunteering in disability tennis

Join the Wheelchair Advisory Board as a Player Representative (North and South regions)

The advisory group is looking for two new regional representatives with lived experience and knowledge of Wheelchair tennis (WC), for people with a physical impairment, to join the Group and help us to drive forward wheelchair tennis within Great Britain. It is important to have the view point of all regions so we can effectively communicate progress within the game and obtain feedback.

The long term aspiration of the Group is to develop a stronger player base, improved recreational competition framework, coaching and volunteering opportunities to continue to build on the past work by the past Tennis Foundation, and now LTA to build for the future. This programme supports tennis venues and coaches with advice, specialist equipment, coach education and funding to grow WC tennis across GB under the LTA ‘Open Court’ Programme.

The Player Rep role duties include, but not limited to:

  • Disseminating information discussed within the Advisory Group out into the WC tennis community of their represented region; Classification, campaigns, personal stories, coaching best practise etc.
  • Being advocate on social media platforms to help create a greater awareness of wheelchair tennis in GB
  • Gathering views of players, coaches and volunteers both with a physical impairment as well as non-disabled coaches delivering WC tennis, to bring back to the group for discussion
  • Responding to emails, letters etc. on queries relating to coaching WC tennis on behalf of the LTA
  • Attending up to 3 x WC Tennis Advisory Group meetings, however attending a minimum of 2 x meetings
  • Being involved in any sub working groups as required

We are looking for a Regional Rep who:

  • Is familiar, or willing to learn, with the game of WC Tennis.
  • Has good communication skills and are able to explain sometimes complicated aspects of progressing the structure and organisation of the game domestically but also to understand the international landscape.
  • Is diplomatic, calm under pressure and able to explain the views of their region whilst remaining impartial of their own personal or venues opinion.
  • Is approachable, open, passionate and honest.

This role will be effective immediately for 2 years, we will ensure you are brought up to speed on the workings of the group and support your integration. We welcome interest from all ages and backgrounds, preferable with a connection to tennis.  If you are interested in applying for this role or have any questions please email David.hardman@lta.org.uk by 7 February 2020. 

The LTA will support this voluntary role through expenses for travel to/from agreed meetings or events (if travel is over 1 hour from home or workplace).