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Tennis

The University of Birmingham Tennis Club is proud to offer an extensive tennis programme that provides the opportunity to play at all ability levels from beginner to a top national player.

 

There are 10 outdoor tennis courts located at the heart of campus on the Bournbrook pitches.

 

The student tennis club is one of the largest student clubs at the university. The club prides itself on being welcoming and inclusive no matter the level of tennis you have played before. There is a place in the club for you regardless of your ability you will be able to play, learn and compete together.

 

There is a full programme behind the club that includes Try-a-Sport tennis (adult group coaching), Cardio Tennis, social tennis and active residents that are all brilliant ways to get on court and enjoy the sport here at the university. Please see further details and how to book below.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you on court soon in one of the ways below.

Proudly partnered with LTA as an LTA Partnered University. 

Student Club

The student club offers 3 sessions per week for every member that are included in the price of your membership.

 

One of the largest student clubs on campus you are sure to find a friendly welcoming environment where you can enjoy tennis and meet new friends. Once signed up the club will organise you into a squad of players that will either be a performance squad or development squad. Please see further details below.


Additionally, the club organises large, fun social tournaments throughout the year and a fun, friendly competition with prizes.


All equipment including rackets and balls are provided for all sessions so no need to have your own racket if you don’t have one on campus!

Peformance Squads

Our performance squads have 3 sessions per week all 1 hour long. This includes:

  • 1 coached session
  • 1 match play session
  • 1 free hit session

Coached sessions are run by student coaches and help you to develop technical and tactical skills.

 

Match play sessions give students the chance to compete regularly and put their skills into practice, with the results contributing to your World Tennis number.

 

Free hit sessions are a chance to use the facility and equipment with other squads.

 

Our performance squads can play in local Birmingham leagues against other clubs, as well as in friendlies against our partnered Universities.

 

All squads are invited to large social tournaments run throughout the year.

Development Squads

Aimed at those who are new to tennis or haven’t picked up a racket in a while, our development programme offers players the chance to learn and practice new skills, as well as the opportunity regularly compete in our club competitions. Development squads play 3 times a week, including:

  • 2 coached sessions
  • 1 free hit session

Socials

The tennis club host several social events each semester. This includes quiz nights, bowling trips, Padel tennis trips, Touch tennis indoor sessions, and club meals to name a few.

Tennis Club 2022-23 Group Photo

Key Contacts

Head Coach: Jack Crossley

President: Alex Raven

Student Tennis Club Sponsor: House Hunt

High Performance Programme

The High performance programme competes in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) leagues. The BUCS squads are the highest standard of tennis at UoB, with our 8 teams (4 men’s, 4 women’s) competing against other universities in the BUCS leagues on Wednesday afternoons.

The BUCS players play 5 times a week including:

  • 2 coached sessions with our Head Coach, Jack (1.5 hours each)
  • 1 match play session (2 hour session)
  • 1 off-court fitness session (specialist racket sports strength and conditioning)
  • Matches on a Wednesday

The teams use video analysis, match charting and technical ball data to track progress and influence the training schedule and coaching programme for the BUCS players. This is done in partnership with Jack. We regularly compete against Nottingham and Loughborough Universities in the midlands area of the BUCS Leagues.

Training sessions take place across the outdoor Bounbrook tennis courts and indoors at our partner facilities: Edgbaston Priory Club and Billesley Tennis Centre.

 

To find out more information and register your interest please contact Jack (Head Coach) using the link below.

Facilities

10 outdoor tennis courts

The Club has access to 10 Outdoor floodlight hard courts on campus. The club also uses indoor venues at Edgbaston Priory Club and Billesley Tennis Centre.

Gym

Our state-of-the-art gym is available for all your strength and conditioning needs.

Training Times

Exact times will be confirmed by the club upon registration.

Competition Opportunities

The club has 8 BUCS teams, 4 Men’s and 4 Women’s, that compete from Tier 1 to Tier 4 in the BUCS leagues.

The club also has several teams that compete in local Birmingham leagues and runs internal competitions regularly, from big one day events to weekly match play sessions.

Sport & Fitness, Tennis Courts

Book a tennis court

Tennis Courts are available to book on a pay-as-you-use basis. All bookings are for 1 hour, including set-up time.

 

Racket and ball hire is available at the Sport and Fitness reception at a cost of £1 per person (non-refundable).

Try-a Sport Tennis (Adult Group Coaching)

Adult group tennis coaching is available under the University’s try-a-sport programme. Whether you are looking to learn the basics, develop your skills, or enjoy the social side of playing a sport, this programme gets you on court with a qualified coach in small groups to learn and develop the technical and tactical skills of tennis.

Cardio Tennis

Cardio tennis is a fun, sociable group fitness class with a tennis twist! This tennis workout is open to all abilities – you’ll get to hit lots of tennis balls during the class, build up your skills, and work up a sweat. Tennis offers a great workout, from cardio fitness to muscular strength and endurance, to coordination and balance.

Social Tennis

The University’s Social Sport sessions are open to anyone, including community non-members. Each session is pay-as-you-go, with all equipment provided. Led by a qualified coach, these sessions allow you to practice your skills, play matches and enjoy the social side of Tennis!

1-1 Lessons

Our head coach, Jack, also offers individual lessons at a time convenient to you. 1-1 lessons allow you to set and achieve personal goals with bespoke lesson plans and the full attention of an LTA accredited coach.

Active Residences

Active Residences is a sport and exercise programme designed specifically and exclusively for University of Birmingham students living in University and partner-owned accommodation.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played Tennis or exercised before, there’s something for everyone and it’s right on your doorstep.

Join us and get active to help improve your well being, mental and physical health, and feel a sense of belonging in our student Tennis community.

Student Development Programme

The student tennis programme is coached and run by a student workforce. If you have a level 1 2 or 3 coaching qualification, then you can come to Birmingham and coach the programme. Coaches are paid to work on our programme.

Jack, manages and trains the coaches throughout each year you are at Birmingham. We also offer significant discounts on coach courses through our coach qualification provider Inspire2coach.

The club is also run by a student committee where that includes roles such as President, team captains, Social Secretary, Treasurer, Social Media Secretary, Welfare/Safeguarding Secretary, and Performance and Development Secretary. The students in these roles are supported by workshops run by the University of Birmingham Sport.

The tennis sections have strong links with local tennis clubs such as Edgbaston Priory Club and the LTA to provide real world experience for coaches, physios, data analyses and performance support. This includes working at the Edgbaston Classic event (Professional Wimbledon build up event).

All the above increases employability for a carrier in tennis or other industries and is a standout difference in job applications upon graduation.

Membership Price

As part of signing up to a Sports Club you are agreeing to the Sport and Fitness Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, Sports Club Code of Conduct and other UB Sport policies. Click here to head to Sports Club Benefits to read them.

  • £219 High Performance annual membership 
  • £181.50 Performance 1 annual membership
  • £145 Performance/Development annual membership

 

Extra – not compulsory

  • Club related social Activity
  • £5 per person trials fee
  • Tournament access – £2 per person per tournamnet (5 in total)
  • Bring a friend for a free hit session – £2.50
  • Able to purchase club kit

*This is an approximate list of what the club membership may include. This can change at any point, so please confirm with the club directly on what this membership includes.