Indigenous Tennis


Acknowledging the sport’s responsibility and obligation for action towards reconciliation, Tennis West is committed to the development of the sport’s Reflective Reconciliation Action Plan; in addition to partnering with Murlpirrmarra Connection who acts as the sport’s Indigenous delivery partner for the provision of tennis opportunities across metropolitan, regional and remote Western Australia.

Committed to developing the organisation’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Tennis West aims to better understand the considerations of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Reflective Reconciliation Action Plan guides the development of the sport’s Indigenous Engagement Strategy; with the Murlpirrmarra Connection partnership with Tennis West providing additional support for Sun City Tennis Academy/Remote Tennis Services Australia – Indigenous Tennis and Learning Program to continue the delivery of programs tailored to Indigenous communities.

Murlpirrmarra Connection is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to provide educational opportunities for Aboriginal youth in the remote regions throughout Western Australia.

Programs delivered are designed to support Aboriginal students throughout secondary school years with programs culturally appropriate and aimed at ensuring students are prepared for the transition beyond school into tertiary studies, training and employment.

For more information on Murlpirrmarra Connection, please head to


Funding is also possible through the Department of Sport and Recreation and the KidSport initiative for participants with a Health Care Card or Concession Card. For more information or to apply for this program click here.


In 2018 and 2019, 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. In 2021 more than 80 students took part in the 2021 National Indigenous Tennis Carnival held at the State Tennis Centre, experiencing a variety of tennis-based activities, cultural food demonstrations and cultural workshops.


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 Club Development Officer and Inclusion Lead on (08) 6462 8306 or via email [email protected].