University of Bristol Tennis

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

Community

We have over 650 juniors, students and adults on our programme with hundreds of other members of the public hiring courts each week. There are spaces available on our summer term coaching programme so please get in touch with us if you'd like to get involved. We have reduced the price of our group coaching to make the sport more accessibleTennis price list (PDF, 995kB)

Kids camps

We run tennis camps for kids throughout the year during the school holidays. Here are details of our half term tennis camps (PDF, 700kB).  We will be launching day-long camps in the Summer term.  More info coming soon. 

LTA Tennis for Kids courses

For 4-11 year olds. This course will be taught by experienced Level 5 Coach, Peter Bendall. £25 for 6 sessions, including a free tennis racket and personalised Babolat t-shirt More info, book and pay online.

Adult Member Mix-Ins

Adult member mix-in sessions run throughout the week for Public Active Plus members (these sessions were previously only for Coombe Dingle Tennis Club members). The sessions are run by the members and include match play opportunities and the chance to play with a range of abilities. Adult Member Mix Ins Timetable (PDF, 495kB). Any questions please email uob-tennisoffice@bristol.ac.uk

Performance Player Pathway

In September 2017, we launched our Performance Player Pathway, designed to help identify and develop talent. It brings our Performance landscape together for the first time and supports children from mini red (U8) to postgraduate students competing in BUCS tournaments. Currently, players on the Performance Player Pathway will have been invited to participate by one of the coaches.  In the future, we will be hosting PPP fun days to give opportunities to any player to find out more about the programme. Performance player pathway price list (PDF, 484kB)

Partner Schools

We currently run after-school clubs at Westbury on Trym Primary School, St Johns Primary School, Merchants' Academy Primary School and have launched an exciting new partnership with Clifton High School which is helping over 150 children from across the school play tennis each week. We want to help schools deliver tennis for all and identify talent. If you would like to find out more about our Partner School programme please get in touch.  We will be running a city-wide Primary School roadshow in June, details TBC, please get in touch if you'd like to be involved.

Wheelchair tennis

We are working in partnership with the Tennis Foundation, Access Sport and UWE to create opportunities for people who use wheelchairs to play tennis. A team of coaches and volunteers run a session indoors at Coombe Dingle each Sunday 4 - 5:30, the sessions are FREE and available to players of any age. No previous experience required and we also provide all of the equipment. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Facilities

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 11 outdoor courts located within University of Bristol residences across the city. Tennis court and lesson prices (PDF, 309kB)

Students

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 over 200 members. In 2018/19 the UBTC committee will be led by Club Captain James Stone and supported by University Tennis Co-ordinator Lowri James.

Coaches

  • Peter Bendall, LTA Level 5
  • Martin Bray, LTA Level 5
  • Ollie Bendall, LTA Level 4
  • Matt Elston, LTA Level 4
  • Dave Gibbon, LTA Level 4
  • Ali Blackett, LTA Level 3
  • Dom Boylan, LTA Level 3

Hitters

  • Lowri James, LTA Level 1
  • Laura Sainsbury

Awards

2016/17 was 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 launched Residences Tennis. This programme offers 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!

Delivered by University Tennis Co-ordinator Lowri James. More info and timetable: BActive resi tennis (PDF, 557kB)

Get in touch

For more info on coaching, courses or bookings, please email uob-tennisoffice@bristol.ac.uk

Find out more about UBTC

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