INDIGENOUS TENNIS PROGRAM
Tennis West, in conjunction with Healthway, currently conduct a state-wide Indigenous Tennis Program.
The Indigenous Tennis Program aims to:
- Increase active participation of Indigenous people in sport and physical activities through tennis.
- Develop skills and provide knowledge transfer through recognised accreditation programs.
- Provide access to facilities and equipment appropriate to the needs of Indigenous tennis players.
- Promote and encourage the migration of Indigenous children from school based tennis activities to local clubs in the area.
Each year the program targets different areas across Metropolitan and Regional WA. Some of the program activities include:
- Tennis in Schools programs
- Club linking programs (participants are encouraged to continue tennis at their local Tennis West Affiliated Clubs)
- Offering Scholarships; additional coaching, officiating courses and coaching courses
Tennis West have successful been delivering the Indigenous Tennis Program across WA for many years and we thank TA and Healthway for their ongoing support.
Funding is also available for all Indigenous tennis players through the Department of Sport and Recreation and the KidSport initiative. For more information or to apply for this program click here.
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TENNIS CARNIVAL (NITC)
In 2018, Tennis West participated in the inaugural National Indigenous Tennis Carnival, held by Tennis Australia in Darwin. The NITC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, bringing together hundreds of individuals and groups to celebrate youth, music, art, food and health through the delivery of tennis, cultural activities and workshops. Read More.
The 2019 Carnival will be held from 29 August – 1 September, and Tennis West are preparing to build the team who will travel to represent WA, beginning with an Indigenous Come and Try Day.
TENNIS AUSTRALIA FIRST NATIONS ENGAGMENT GUIDE
Tennis Australia has created this Engagement Guide to equip our clubs and coaches with the foundational knowledge and confidence to help connect and collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
These guidelines are the culmination of many months of research and consultation with key stakeholders including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to create a resource that is culturally appropriate, informative and up to date.
You are encouraged to read this guide and understand more about the connection between Tennis and our First Nations Peoples.
If you have any further queries or questions relating to Indigenous Tennis, please feel free to get in touch with;
Paula Gates, Tennis West Project Leader – Clubs and Inclusion, on (08) 6462 8306 or via email [email protected].