Tennis Talk – February 2020

The UBC Tennis Centre is happy to announce our new Volunteer Coordinator, Tehya Romeo. Romeo will bring valuable experience and will help provide volunteer opportunities to aspiring coaches and tennis enthusiasts alike.

Romeo played at the UBC Tennis Centre herself as a junior, and worked her way up our development system through high school before starting to volunteer. Through volunteering at the Centre, she eventually became a certified instructor and is now a valued member of the team.

“The most rewarding aspect of volunteering for me was to build relationships with the kids,” said Romeo. “When I got hired as a coach a year after volunteering, I was able to watch the same kids grow and develop through our programs so quickly – while giving back to the community I grew up in.”

UBC Tennis Centre volunteers assist in weekly youth programs, camps and special events – among other opportunities. Volunteers do not need to be certified instructors, however a basic knowledge of tennis is required. The volunteer program is ideal for high school or university students looking to start their career in tennis and gain valuable experience while working alongside our world-class coaching team.

“To graduate high school you do need to meet a minimum requirement of volunteer hours,” said Romeo. “For me it was easy to come in a few times a week and be in an active environment that I already enjoyed. It really was the best of both worlds.”

Romeo also shared a bit of insight on what an effective volunteer can bring to the table.

“We’re looking for someone who is proactive and interactive with the coaches and students – someone who brings a positive attitude to the court, encourages good sportsmanship and helps foster a fun tennis experience for everyone.”

For more information about volunteer opportunities, and how to apply, click here.

By Aneesa Heatherington