Volunteering in tennis is fun, rewarding and enables thousands of people to play tennis week-in, week-out. Whether or not you play tennis and however much you wish to get involved, there’s always a way you can help: whether it’s lending a hand here and there, volunteering at one of our major events or getting involved in the running of the club. There are countless opportunities and thousands of people volunteering every year – why not join them and make a difference?
If you’re not sure how to get involved, you may find it helpful to think about what you want to get out of the experience. Are you looking to boost your CV and gain a new skill? Are you interested in meeting new people? Or perhaps you just want to give something back. Working out your motivations will help shape the role you’re looking for.
Volunteering at a tennis club or venue
The majority of tennis venues simply wouldn’t run without the support of volunteers, and there’s almost certainly a way you can get involved, however much time you have to give. From supporting at club events to helping with the marketing and local promotion, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re already a member of a venue, the best way to start volunteering is to ask the club volunteer coordinator, secretary or other board member as to how you can help out. Don’t be afraid to ask: it’s very likely that your venue has many ways for you to get involved, but the roles are just not being advertised.
If you’re not a member of a venue, you can find your nearest club or park using our Places to Play page, or email email@example.com and we will put you in touch with a local venue. And remember – you do not need to play tennis or be a member to volunteer – so we’d love to hear from you if you’re looking to get stuck in!
Volunteering in your region
Regional tennis associations support clubs, organize leagues and run hitting opportunities to grow and support local tennis. Although there might be occasional paid administrators, most regional directors are volunteers and there are a range of board roles available. Alternatively you could offer to help at a regional competition, especially if you’re attending to play or support young players. Contact your regional tennis association to find out more.
Volunteering at Major Events
There are exciting opportunities to volunteer at many of the major tennis events in Alberta – such as the Calgary National Bank Challenger and the Alberta OPEN. Such events rely on volunteer support and provide a fantastic way to cheer on the Canadians from the tramlines!
Opportunities to volunteer at these events are usually advertised on the Tennis Alberta website three to four months before each event.
Have you ever considered coaching?
If you are already volunteering then why not take it a step further and become a qualified instructor to get started? It takes just 5 days and a passing evaluation to qualify as an instructor. Coaching is a rewarding activity and provides an opportunity to really inspire people to pick up a racket for life. For more information, head to our coach qualifications page today!
It’s also worth checking out Volunteer Alberta for more opportunities to suit you.
Rogers Rookie Tours are one or two day entry level events for children new to the sport of tennis. A “fun first” environment is created for players to have multiple time limited matches. Volunteers help with set up/ take down of court equipment, supervising match play which includes assisting with score keeping, time keeping and clarification of rules. The Rogers Rookie Tour is perfect for the volunteer who wants to share their enthusiasm about tennis with the kids. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are you a recreational player, registered competitor, tennis pro or parent? Is there an issue within the tennis community that isn’t getting the focus it deserves? Tennis Alberta will be inviting various blog hosts each month to voice their opinions and get the conversation flowing between coaches, parents, and players alike. If you would like to become a blog contributor, or simply want to suggest a topic, don’t hesitate to contact us.