May 30, 2017, by Carla Froggatt
The University of Nottingham Loves Tennis
By Jade Dilks, Recruitment Sales Executive, Unitemps
One of the most exciting aspects of studying in Nottingham is the city’s busy sporting scene. This gives you the exciting opportunity to take part in world-famous events. Unitemps is currently recruiting for stewards and assistants for the Nottingham Tennis Centre, just outside University Park campus.
What is Nottingham Tennis Centre?
Nottingham Tennis Centre plays host to a variety of tournaments throughout the year, including Aegon GB Pro-Series events, Aegon British Tour events, the British Deaf Championships and the British Wheelchair Championships. In the past, the centre has hosted Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.
Great, so what opportunities are available?
In 2016, the JobZone team assisted over 30 University of Nottingham students secure ground staff and court covering roles during the Aegon Open. That’s 9510.25 hours worked between 27 May and 27 June!
In addition, comedy mascot roles – come on, how fun does that sound? – were recruited for the Aegon Open. This saw an additional seven candidates work over 60 hours collectively.
2017 will see more students matched with work experience. Between 30 and 45 students as ground staff and the court covering team, and up to 10 candidates working as comedy mascots.
This year, we are also recruiting to support the British Open Wheelchair Championship Tournament. Organised by the Tennis Foundation, the British Open is one of six Super Series events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and one of the most important tournaments in the world outside of the Grand Slams. And you could be paid to get experience at it.
The 2017 event will take place in Nottingham from 1-6 August. It will see the world’s best players competing against each other – including Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis medallists.
What have previous students had to say?
The role has been particularly popular with tennis fans, not least because there were opportunities to watch the tournament while working.
It also offers the opportunity to take initiative and responsibility in the run up to and during the tournament. We get a lot of feedback on the development of interpersonal and multitasking skills.
Finally, it’s a fun and lively outdoor work environment that quickly results in a very close-knit team. Many candidates who worked in 2016 found they stayed in touch with other staff and managers after the work ended.
What can be challenging?
Throughout the tournament, you may be asked to work long hours – up to 14 per day. Start times are as early as 6am. As it it’s England, you can’t bank on the weather either.
How do I apply?
You can apply online with a CV and cover letter. You will then be asked to complete an application form to detail your availability. Candidates who submit suitable applications, which are assessed on your availability and tailored cover letter detailing the relevant skills, are invited to a screening appointment with the JobZone team. The successful candidates are selected based on enthusiasm and commitment – no previous experience required.