A CLUB THAT WELCOMES ALL

One of the things Collaroy Tennis Club (CTC) is most proud of is that we’re an inclusive club that welcomes diversity. It’s part of our DNA. We realise that everyone’s unique and that our differences contribute to our Club’s culture and future direction.

Inclusion and Equality

We have been named an ‘Inclusion Development Hub‘ by Tennis Australia – one of only three in NSW. We have also been asked by Tennis NSW to participate in a Gender Equity Pilot Program headed by Casey Dellacqua. Our aim is to improve access and opportunities for all members to achieve gender equality at our club, both as players and administrators.

Tennis Accessibility

Our coaching partner Evolve Tennis Academy runs programs coaching players with II-1 Intellectual Disability, II-2 Down Syndrome and II-3 Autism. The club has also installed a cushion acrylic hardcourt enabling a coaching program, social play and tournaments for wheelchair players. In fact, one of our ‘Wheelies’ – Annalise Fadeev – has competed in both State and National titles and has won a Bronze Medal at the Special Olympics. CTC is committed to increasing opportunities and accessibility to tennis for people who have a physical or intellectual disability or autism.

Member Protection

The Club has adopted Tennis Australia’s Member Protection Policy and a Member Protection Information Officer has been trained and appointed to the Management Committee. All Committee members and coaches have undergone Working with Children checks.

Diversity and Opportunity

Collaroy Tennis Club embraces diversity, making our club a welcoming, safe and inclusive place for everyone. We aim to reflect the make-up of our local communities and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be included and engaged through tennis in a way that is positive and meaningful. The Club is committed to increasing opportunities and accessibility to tennis for everyone, by:

  • Engaging with (e.g.):
    • multicultural stakeholders and communities
    • indigenous communities and
    • LGBTQIA+ stakeholders and communities
  • Opening conversations with members and coaches
  • Enhancing talent identification
  • Providing pathway opportunities
  • Creating playing opportunities through community events and tournaments

Upcoming Programs

In 2023, Collaroy Tennis Club is holding several events and programs specifically for LGBTQIA+ players, notably an AO Pride event in conjunction with Tennis Australia and the Australian Open, a Pride event in conjunction with Sydney WorldPride 2023 and Northern Beaches Council and participation in the Rainbow Ready Clubs Program run by Tennis NSW.