Tennis without Barriers – Connecting Cultures Program

Sport is culturally significant in our society and plays a key role in bridging diversity and making our city the great place it is. Vida Tennis is excited to announce our new initiative, Tennis without Barriers – Connecting Cultures.

Our vision for the program is to create an opportunity for people new to Australia to connect and be a part of the tennis community.
Tennis will become the conduit to connect people from diverse cultures and help drive a real sense of belonging through shared experiences.

The Program

The program will be open to any new adults to Melbourne and promote tennis, health, and community connection. Each Sunday starting from the 21st of July Vida will facilitate tennis lessons and social tennis play at MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club and help people learn a new skill or re-connecting with tennis. While playing tennis will be the activity, the real outcome will be connecting people within the community and the tennis club. Tennis is a sport for life and a sport for everyone and we welcome all new people to Melbourne into our club.

Vida would like to thanks Tennis Victoria for their support of the program through the ACE Grants Inclusion & Diversity program.

The Details

  • Where: MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club – 260 High Street Road Mt Waverley
  • Dates: Sunday 21st July to Sunday 15th September (weekly)
  • When: 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Who: The program is available to anyone over the age of 18
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Martin Vazquez Jones
    [email protected]
    0401 875 299

How do I join the program?

Scroll to the bottom of this page and register.

Some other FAQ’s

  • How do I get there? There is plenty of parking onsite or public transport is easily accessible. Jordanville, on the Glen Waverley Line, is the closest train station and there is a bus stop right in front of the club.
  • Do I need a tennis racquet? If you have one, bring it along. If no, we can lead you one for the day.
  • Do I need to have played tennis before? Absolutely not, if you have played before, great, if not, come and give it a go.
  • What do I wear? Comfortable clothing
  • Do I have to come each week? Preferably yes but we understand things come up. If you can not make it, just let Martin know so he can plan the sessions based on how many people are coming?
  • Can I join if the program has already started? Sure, just fill in the form and Martin will be in contact to confirm everything.

What Happens after the Program

After the initial program, participants will receive 50% off regular adult tennis group classes as well as a free 3-month club membership (October to December 2019) to continue to play and enjoy the connections made during the program.

Who is Martin, the program leader?

Martin has been with Vida Tennis for 18months since arriving from Argentina. He is an accomplished tennis coach but more importantly, he is passionate about people and helping all people feel welcome, included and inspired. His positive attitude is contagious and you will love spending time with him on the courts at MCC Glen Iris.

Some facts about diversity in Melbourne

  • One in five people speak a language other than English at home
  • Overseas migration makes up over 60% of our population growth
  • One in four Australias were born overseas

We welcome you to try tennis with us and experience our environment

Tennis without Barriers - Connecting Cultures






Terms & Conditions

By signing accepting these terms and conditions, I hereby authorise the staff of Vida to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention. I release Vida from any and all liability for injury or illness and costs, incurred while undertaking a program or event with Vida. I agree to Vida’s make up, cancellation, parental involvement, and privacy policy. Photographs and Video make be taken and used in promotions by Vida.

Privacy Policy
Your privacy is important to us. The data collected from you will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent. The email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.

When joining a tennis program at a participating Vida venue your information will only be used by the tennis club to join you to the club for a free club coaching membership. This will also entitle you to use the courts at the club during coaching and gives you personal accident insurance through our National Sporting Body, Tennis Australia.

When players aged between 3 and 13 years of age join a Vida coaching program, their details will be registered with Tennis Australia's Hot Shots program to enable to player to receive a free starter gift, exclusive competitions and loads of tennis benefits! All the information can be found on the following link https://hotshots.tennis.com.au/register/

Medical & Liability
I hereby authorise the staff of Vida to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention. I release Vida from any and all liability for injury or illness and costs, incurred while undertaking a program or event with Vida.

Photography & Video Images
I acknowledge that Vida Tennis may film, use video analysis and photography during programs, lessons and events. I acknowledge and agree that this usage, including for marketing & promotion purposes, is without compensation or notice to myself. Images may be used on our website, social media and other promotional material.

Make Up & Cancelation Policy
If you are unable to attend a session due to illness or school camp etc. you must notify your coach prior to your lesson in order to arrange a make-up lesson. Lessons will only be made up if your Vida coach is notified with sufficient time prior to the start of your lesson (preferred 24 hours prior). Notification of absence or arrangement of a make-up can be made directly with your coach. Please be considerate that the late cancellation of sessions leads to inefficient time use for our team & therefore lost opportunities for others. This policy is to deter people from preventing those clients who are seeking a coaching session, missing an opportunity to see one of the coaches. All missed sessions will be made up during the term or in the school holiday period. If this cannot be done a credit can be discussed with your coach for the following term.

Wet Weather & Heat Policy Communications
Where possible your coach will contact you via phone message or email to let you know if your lesson/s will be cancelled due to wet weather or heat policy. If you do not get a call, text or email, please presume the lesson is going ahead as normal. Vida have a policy for all coaches to avoid the use of Mobile Phones while one court coaching where possible to make sure our attention is directed to the current lesson at all times. If you coach does not answer their phone, they are more than likely on court coaching. When the temperature reaches 37 degrees and over at your tennis venue, all coaching sessions will be suspended until the temperature drops. Please be aware the temperature will be taken at the individual venue and your safety is our primary concern.

Registration & Fees
In order to secure your place for weekly programs, camps or other events, Vida require that you complete a registration form (online or hard copy) in the weeks before the start date and return to us with payment. All Holiday, Tournament, Camp or Event program fees are due before the start of the program/s. All term fees are due within the first 3 weeks of coaching term. Places will not be guaranteed if forms and payment are not received prior to commencement of the term / program. Please indicate on your registration form your preferred times and days (for weekly programs) and we will do our best to meet with your request. If you are following on from a previous term please indicated if you require any changes to your current time. Late Fees Any late payments, more than 30 days past the invoice date, shall attract a late payment penalty fee as set down by the Penalty Interest Act 1983.

Parental Involvement
Vida supports Tennis Australia’s stance and efforts in helping educate parents on their important role within the child’s sporting journey. The following are some ideas and education that we would like you, the parent, to be aware off. Vida encourage all parents during tennis sessions not to enter the court while your child is having their lesson. This enables both the coach and student/s to concentrate entirely on the lesson, create independence for the child, promote a child’s decision making skills and build the coach – student relationship. As a parent / guardian of a participant in any activity held / run by Vida you agree to try and meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such activity, program or event to the best of your abilities:

  • Treat your child the same irrespective of them winning or losing
  • Remember that your child plays for their enjoyment not yours
  • Try to have fun when you are around your children at competitions and training. Well-directed humour can be a great de-stressor
  • Look relaxed, calm and positive on the sidelines
  • Make friends with other parents at competitions
  • Get involved in appropriate ways if your child or the coach behaves in unacceptable ways during competitions
  • Let the coach do the coaching
  • Understand that children will benefit from a break sometimes and that involvement in other sports is okay
  • Be there when the child performs poorly. Be an understanding listener rather than a critic, judge and/or fixer
  • Be prepared to give your child some space so that he/she can grow and develop as an independent person
  • Let your child know that your love for them is not associated with their sporting performances
  • Communicate with your child and ask them how they are really feeling about their sport and about competing in particular
  • Occasionally let your child compete without you being there and hovering over them
  • Emphasise the good things your child did in preparing for and during the match/tournament
  • Try to avoid:
    • saying “we’re playing today”. Instead say “you’re playing today”
    • Give your child credit for accepting the responsibility of performing
    • Getting too pushy or believe that you are indispensable. Let the coach do the coaching
    • Living through your child’s performances
    • Turning away when your child’s behavior is unsportsmanlike.
    • Telling your child what he/she did wrong after a tough match
    • Making enemies with your child’s opponents or family during a match/tournament
    • Making your child feel guilty by reminding them about all the time, money and sacrifices you are making for his or her sport
    • Thinking of your child’s sporting performances as an investment for which you expect a return
    • Badgering, harassing or using sarcasm to motivate your child
    • Comparing your child’s performances with those of other children
    • Forcing your child to go to training. If they are sick of training find out why and discuss it with them
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