University of Bristol Tennis


University of Bristol Tennis encompasses all our tennis programmes. Our team consistently deliver outstanding results and enrich lives through tennis.


There are still places on our Kids Summer Tennis Camps. Please contact Coombe Dingle reception to book. It's £15 per day per child, or £65 for the week. All our camps are run by LTA qualified and accredited coaches who hold up-to-date DBS and first aid certificates. More details.


We currently have approximately 500 juniors, students and adults on coaching courses each week (July 2017) and in September we will be launching new programmes for juniors, students and adults, creating 300+ new places on courses. We will also be bringing the price down to make the sport more affordable and accessible. Tennis price list (PDF, 996kB)


We have more tennis courts than most universities in the UK, with four indoor and 10 outdoor courts at our Coombe Dingle Sports Complex site, and a further 14 outdoor courts located within University of Bristol residences across the city.


The city of Bristol was recently voted the best place to live in the UK and it is also home to a University which consistently ranks in the world's top 100 and UK's top ten universities in league tables. We now have a tennis programme that is competitive with the other top universities in the UK.

Student tennis is powered by students, for students, and supported by a team of dedicated staff and coaches. The University of Bristol Tennis Club is one of the largest students clubs in the South of England with approximately 190 members. In 2017/18 the UBTC committee will be led by Club Captain Eloise Sarre and supported by University Tennis Co-ordinator Lowri James and University Tennis Ambassador Olivia Rutherford.


2016/17 has been an award winning year for UBTC.

  • Ali Blackett: Coach of the Year. For helping the ladies team to gain promotion to the BUCS National Premier League.
  • Ladies' 1st team: Bristol SU Sports Awards. For gaining promotion to the BUCS National Premier League, making them on of the top six ladies teams in the UK.
  • Emily Crowe: REDS Award - Tennis
  • Lauren Hayward: Director's Award - Tennis

UBTC membership

Members of the University of Bristol Tennis Club enjoy

  • Beginner/improver coaching from student coaches
  • Advanced coaching from student and professional coaches
  • Team training by professional coaches
  • Box league and recreational competition against local universities and weekly competition in BUCS (3 men's and 3 ladies teams in 2017/8)
  • The committee also arrange regular social events and trips throughout the year

Tennis Industry Pathway

We also offer our students opportunities to gain coaching qualifications, work experience and paid work (subject to availability and suitability). This is delivered in partnership with the LTA and Tennis Foundation. More information will be available ahead of the start of the Autumn term. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter @tennisatbristol for the latest updates. Please email Lowri James with any queries.

Residences Tennis

In September 2017 we will be launching Residences Tennis. This programme will offer our students living in residences across the city the opportunity to:

  • Hire equipment for free
  • Join in weekly activity on courts across the city for free
  • Compete against other residences throughout the year, culminating in an end of year championship!

This new programme will be delivered by University Tennis Co-ordinator Lowri James and University Tennis Ambassador Olivia Rutherford.

Performance Player Pathway

In September 2017, we will be launching our Performance Player Pathway, designed to help identify and develop talent. It will bring our Performance landscape together for the first time and will support children from mini red (U8) to postgraduate students competing in BUCS tournaments.

Get in touch

For more info on coaching, courses or bookings, please email

Find out more about UBTC

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