February 28, 2020, by Leah Sharpe
Nottingham Tennis Tournament 2020 – secure your role
By the JobZone team
One of the most exciting aspects of studying in Nottingham is the city’s busy sporting scene. This gives you the opportunity to take part in world-famous events.
What is the Nottingham Open?
Nottingham Open, officially named Nature Valley Open for sponsorship reasons, is a tennis tournament for men and women held in Nottingham, played on outdoor grass courts at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Great, so what opportunities are available?
We are currently recruiting for a temporary team to help with the duties of the ground staff and court covering team from Saturday 30 May to Monday 29 June.
In 2019, the JobZone team assisted over 50 University of Nottingham students secure ground staff, court covering and comedy mascot roles. That’s 6,684 hours worked over a month’s time!
This year we are also recruiting to support the British Open Wheelchair Championship Tournament. In its 30th year, 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. The event attracts the world’s leading players as well as Great Britain’s very own Paralympic medallists.
You would work as part of a team, preparing the courts and event space for the public and professionals to use a week before the tournament starts. This includes gardening, setting up and taking down equipment, painting walls, and cleaning seats when required. During the tournament, the tasks are mainly uncovering and covering the grounds, setting up centre court and being on call for any unexpected weather changes. Hours of work will be dependent on the weather and the time matches finish. Working days can start as early as 6am and can finish as late as 11pm.
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 was inspiring to be amongst a sporting atmosphere and was a great opportunity to view some high-quality tennis.”
This fun and lively outdoor work environment quickly results in a very close-knit team:
“Once the tournament starts and seeing everything come together, it becomes less stressful. Plus you get the legendary pizza and Prosecco night as a thank you to all the staff and volunteers.”
In terms of skills, it also offers the opportunity to take initiative and responsibility, so we got a lot of feedback on development of interpersonal and multitasking skills:
“I definitely developed my team working and communication skills because you come into contact with different people. I developed my cooperative skills and confidence when approaching new tasks.”
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.