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Tennis on the BU courts

Whatever level you’re at, playing tennis is a full-body workout. At SportBU, we’ve got opportunities to get involved, including playing as part of our Campus Clubs programme or represeting TeamBU in our Performance Sport teams 

If you’re a high performing, competitive tennis player and are successful in trials, you’ll become part of TeamBU Tennis and represent BU in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). We currently have five men’s and women’s teams who play in South West leagues and Cup competitions.

But it’s not just our Performance Sport students who enjoy playing tennis. We work closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to continually develop our tennis programme for all our students and staff.

Our Tennis club runs at Victoria Avenue Lawn Tennis Club, just a 10 minute walk from the Talbot Campus. The 2-hour session is ran in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere by one of Victoria’s Qualified Coaches. Joining this Club is the perfect opportunity to practise your tennis, develop your skills, meet new friends and simply have fun! You’ll also have the chance to compete in termly tournaments and, if you show potential, you could progress into TeamBU Tennis. Equipment is provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own rackets too.

Key information

Performance Sport

Available to: high performing, talented BU students who are looking to play tennis competitively and represent BU in the sport

Training day and times:
Men’s: Monday, 8.45pm–10pm
Women’s: Monday, 7.30pm–8.45pm

First Team: Friday, 7:30pm - 9pm

Training venues:
The Bournemouth Gardens Community Tennis Club, Central Gardens, Bournemouth BH2 6EY
The West Hants Club, Roslin Road South, Bournemouth BH3 7EF

Fixtures: BUCS home matches played at The Bournemouth Gardens Community Tennis Club on Wednesday afternoons

Fees: annual affiliation fees: £234
If you’re successful in becoming a member of TeamBU Tennis, you’ll be required to affiliate to SportBU.
This fee includes compulsory West Hants Club membership (worth £800, TeamBU athletes have access for £150), BUCS affiliation fees, personal sports insurance, weekly coaching and TeamBU transport.

Summer Tennis Opportunities 

Available to: BU students of all tennis playing abilities
Day and times: TBC
Dates: June/ July 2022
Location: Victoria Avenue Lawn Tennis Club, 23–25 Victoria Avenue, Winton BH9 2RJ
​Equipment: Please bring your own tennis racket if you have one
What to wear and bring: gym gear (or tennis gear), trainers, bottle of water
Price: £30

**Please register your interest by emailing [email protected]

Meet our Performance Sport tennis teams

TeamBU Tennis in numbers

The overall position of our men’s 2nd team (Western 2A league) and women’s 1st team (Western 1A league) at the end of the 2018/19 season
The overall position of our men’s 3rd team in the Western 3A league at the end of the 2018/19 season

Meet the coaches

Our men’s and women’s teams benefit from the expertise of two tennis coaches;

Richard Irwin (LTA Level 4 coach, ex-pro and top 600 in the world) and Matt Coombes (LTA Level 4 coach, Captain of the Great Britain Over 50’s team, Club Manager/Head Coach at The Bournemouth Gardens Community Tennis Club).

Visit our training venues’ sites