Women and Girls: Programs & Initiatives

“It is widely acknowledged that diversity delivers better decision-making and organisational effectiveness. It is also known that systemic biases get in the way of women’s advancement and that the solutions require systemic change.
Inclusive sporting environments are those where gender roles, stereotypes and unconscious bias are challenged, and respectful, equal relationships are the norm.

Leaders on and off the field in sport are key influencers, yet fewer women than men are appointed leaders. Strong gender balanced leadership that brings breadth of perspective, better decision making and encourages cultural change to better support girls’ and women’s involvement.”

(Source: Her Sport Her Way Strategy)

Her Sport Her Way

The NSW Government, Office of Sport, Women in Sport Strategy, Her Sport Her Way (2019-2023) aims to build a stronger sport sector where women and girls are valued, recognised and have equal choices and opportunities to lead and participate. It provides a clear role for the NSW Government to work with the sector and new partners in innovative ways to shape the future of women’s sport.

Click here to view the Strategy.

Tennis NSW has been successful in receiving valuable grant funding from the NSW Government, through Her Sport Her Way grant for the following projects that increase women and girls’ involvement in tennis:

  • Tennis NSW Sheroes Program
    • Supporting Women in tennis across various roles develop skills and create networks to increase their leadership participation in the sport and participation outcomes for women and girls.
  •  Gender Equity Pilot Program
    • Four Clubs in NSW participated in a pilot program that included auditing, education and action planning to improve gender equity in their local environments. Partnering with the University of Sydney the research will provide important insights into how tennis can become the most welcoming, safe and inclusive sport for women and girls.
  • Diverse Girls Events across NSW
    • Supporting up to 8 venues across NSW to deliver come and try tennis events that seek to actively encourage participation of one or more groups from the Tennis NSW inclusion and diversity plan.

Collaroy Tennis Club participating in Gender Equity Pilot Program, with Cassie Lindsey and Casey Dellacqua. A program proudly supported by the NSW Government, Her Sport Her Way Grant Program.

Participation Planning Tool

An online tool designed to assist NSW sporting organisations develop and implement strategies and programs to increase participation opportunities for women and girls.

Click here to find out more.

Her Sport Her Way Awards

The Her Sport Her Way Awards recognise and celebrate the individuals, clubs and organisations who are giving women and girls more opportunities and equal access to participate in their sport.

Click here to find out more.


Community Leadership Development Initiatives

Our vision is for every woman in tennis to have the opportunity to achieve her full potential and is valued for her role in the tennis community.

Sheroes Network

The tennis community in NSW is full of passionate people, making it a great avenue for women to engage in leadership roles within their community. The Sheroes network enables women and girls to feel empowered by developing skills needed to take the next step into a leadership role, whatever their aspiration may be!

The network also allows for personal growth and development with support from our amazing project team!

Click here to find our more about the Sheroes network.

Sheroes is proudly supported by The NSW Government, Her Sport Her Way Program, ATP Cup Legacy Fund and Tennis Australia

Future Leaders

Future Leaders is designed to engage and empower young people in volunteering and community leadership by supporting participants in the delivery of a 15 hour tennis project in collaboration with their tennis club, coach or community organisation.
(Tennis NSW strongly encourages young females to apply for this program).

Click here to find out more about the Future Leaders program.

Youth Advisory Group

The Tennis NSW Youth Advisory Group (YAG) has been created by Tennis NSW to ensure Tennis NSW is game focused and prioritises player welfare. It is designed so that the Tennis NSW Board and Management team are able to receive direct input from youth on issues of importance to them relating to tennis in the most interactive and effective way possible.

The YAG will also give young people the opportunity for growth and personal development, whilst gaining an insight into a state based sporting organisation. It is also a way for Tennis NSW to ensure that young people can participate in decisions that affect them, are taken seriously, and can express their views on their participation in our sport.  This is consistent with Tennis NSW’s approach to being a child-safe organisation and in line with the national principles.

Click here to find out more about the Youth Advisory Group.


Powering Women in Coaching

Powering Women In Tennis Coaching is an initiative set to empower our women in tennis and create a networking community for current and aspiring female tennis coaches.

Click here to find out more about Powering Women in Coaching.