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Tennis

Overview

We encourage all levels of players. Currently, there are seven Men’s teams and four Women’s teams. Each team plays in the BUCS leagues and there are approximately ten league fixtures and a Cup competition per team. There is also an individual tournament for men and women involving all British Universities. In essence there are three strands of player - team, development and recreation. Players in the top teams will have played at futures level or are a good National level. Players will also have the opportunity to attend an international training camp in Spain.

Players can train up to 16 hours per week in a range of facilities and conditions. The training programme is inclusive of all kinds of physical preparations including strength and conditioning sessions, fitness classes, physiotherapy and massage.The Tennis facilities are based at the Headingley Campus. There are four indoor hard courts and eight outdoor (four American clay and four all weather).

We encourage many players to become coaches, adding to their opportunities for a life after university. There are coaching bursaries available and many tennis students have gone on to coach or be involved in the tennis industry. Leeds Beckett operates a Coach Education centre and it delivers LTA Coach Education qualifications from level 1 to level 4.

We are directly supported by the LTA for our programme, one of five Universities to be supported in Great Britain. We have been previous European Champions and finished in the top seven Tennis Universities for the last 9 years.

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The teams compete nationally in the BUCS Leagues and also within the European Leagues. 

There are nine student teams which compete in BUCS (six men’s teams and three women’s teams). There is also representation in the Men’s National Doubles League, Leeds Indoor League, and Aegon Team Tennis.

If you are interested in the Tennis programme and would like further information please contact steven.mcloughlin@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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  • Recreational Tennis:

Fun, informal sessions are available, ranging from Free Play to Cardio Tennis. For more information please contact Paul Johnson the University Tennis Co-ordinator on P.A.Johnson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.


  • Disability Tennis:

Our University is a partner of the Tennis Foundation creating opportunity for players with disabilities. It is a major partner in the Leeds Disability Network and currently trains GB Performance Wheelchair player (Ed Holt). A previous student of the university includes Catherine Fletcher (GB Deaflympian – Gold & current GB National Deaf Coach). 

If you are interested in this programme and would like further information please contact Louise Assioun on l.assioun@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

  •  Tennis Coaching:

Our University has a high reputation for supporting Tennis in the University sector, creating opportunities to combine education with tennis, whilst continuing to play or develop as a coach, within a fully mentored, integrated and supportive environment. Graduate Students have gained careers in Tennis in general tennis coaching, performance coaching, Head Coaching Positions, County administrators, National Performance Coaches and many linked into Sport Science and marketing careers. The University is also the only University to be an accredited LTA/ Skillsactive Coach Education Centre in the UK, focusing on:

  • Providing LTA coaching qualifications (L1 & L2) at our University and throughout Yorkshire.
  • Tutoring Level 3 and Level 4 courses at Leeds Beckett University.
  • Providing a range of LTA CPD and CPD written by Leeds Beckett.
  • Provide a coach mentorship programme for students – Volunteers / Coaching Scholarships / Senior Coaching Scholarships / Student Tennis Ambassador / University Tennis Co-ordinator.

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  • High quality indoor and outdoor facilities
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