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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 three opportunities to get involved; playing in our Performance Sport teams, as part of our Campus Clubs programme or, specifically for staff, our Campus Social Sport programme.

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.

Tennis is part of our Campus Clubs programme which means that once a week, you can benefit from a 2-hour session, led by a coach, to finesse your tennis skills. You’ll also have the chance to compete in termly tournaments and, if you show potential, you could progress into TeamBU Tennis.

It’s also one of the sports in our Campus Social Sport programme for all staff affiliated with BU. These are pay-as-you-go sessions and there’s no need to book.

Key information

TeamBU Tennis

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: Tuesday, 8.45pm–10pm
Women’s: Tuesday, 7.30pm–8.45pm

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: £215
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, BUCS affiliation fees, personal sports insurance, weekly coaching and conditioning sessions and TeamBU transport.

Campus Clubs Tennis

Available to: BU students of all tennis playing abilities
Day and times: Wednesdays, 2pm–4pm
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: £85
Book via: Website

Meet our Performance Sport tennis teams

TeamBU Tennis in numbers

2nd
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
3rd
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