Volunteers sought for Nottingham Open International Tennis in June

There is just over a week left to apply as volunteers are sought for Nottingham Open International Tennis in June.

Nottingham City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the Nottingham Open Tennis tournament.

Over 16s can apply to the volunteer programme. The deadline for volunteer applications is 18 February.

In June 2018, the city will host a week-long tournament at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. Having seen a sold-out Finals Weekend in 2017, the Nottingham Open returns, combining a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) International with a men’s top level Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour event, attracting the stars of men’s and women’s tennis as they prepare for The Championships, Wimbledon. The organisers would love to find friendly, fun and enthusiastic volunteers to help support with delivery of this prestigious event.

Volunteers perform a vital role as the public face of the Nottingham Open ensuring spectators have a positive, enjoyable and safe experience. It will be their responsibility to provide an exceptional level of customer service to everyone on-site.

The tournament is looking for people over 16 years old with the following skills and experience:

– An interest and knowledge in sport, and tennis in particular
– Exceptionally reliable, punctual and flexible
– Well presented, friendly and polite
– Ability to work well within a team, even with people they have only recently met
– Ability to adapt quickly to a role and troubleshoot issues as they arise
– Experience of event volunteering or previous customer service is a bonus

Roles include: Court Stewards, Ticket Checkers, Practice Court Supervisors, ‘Explore Wimbledon’ Exhibition Supervisors, Merchandise Stand Supervisors, Participation Assistants, Buggy Drivers, Player Services Hotel Assistants (off-site). Full role descriptions are available at the LTA website.

Volunteers should be available throughout the tournament from qualifying on 9 June through to the finals on 17 June. The minimum commitment is three days across the week. Days run from 9am-7pm (approximately, depending on the close of play).

New applicants will have to attend a selection session at Nottingham Tennis Centre on one of the following dates (various times will be available to choose from):

Monday 12 March 2018
Tuesday 13 March 2018
Wednesday 14 March 2018

All successful applicants (new or returning) who are offered a role at the 2018 tournament will be required to attend a training session at Nottingham Tennis Centre on either Saturday 2  or Sunday 3 June 2018.

Applications are now open. Closing date is Sunday 18 February 2018, Find out more  by visiting: www.lta.org.uk/NottinghamVolunteers. If you have any further questions please email: teamnotts@lta.org.uk

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “One of the huge success stories of the Nottingham Open is the strength of the volunteer programme. The spectators and the players all comment on how welcome they are made to feel and how much help and support they receive from volunteers during the tournament.

“It’s a great chance to have fun and meet new people while also getting the chance to get up-close to a world-class tennis tournament! We’ll train you, and it’s a wonderful experience to add to your CV. I’d urge everybody to sign up for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait for June.”

Rebecca James, Nottingham Open WTA Tournament Director said: “Our volunteers help to create a truly memorable experience for all visitors and viewers of the tournament. They are an integral part of the event and play a huge role in its success. The feedback we receive each year is always fantastic and we are hugely grateful for their time and effort. We look forward to welcoming them all again this summer.”

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