The 6th annual Business Tennis Forum Agenda

The 6th annual Business Tennis Forum agenda is now final. This year there is a focus on some of the key issues identified in the 2019 Tennis Club Business Report. The event, sponsored by BLM, continues to grow in importance as a unique opportunity to learn from best practice in other industry sectors and provide direct engagement between tennis providers (clubs and tennis venues) with suppliers (the tennis industry). The event is supported by the LTA and it provides the opportunity for delegates to raise issues and questions on the current LTA strategy ‘Tennis Opened Up’. 

Timings and content 

09.30-10.30     Registration open and coffee    

10.30  Welcome - Marcus Buckland, Sky Sports (Event Host) and Steve Matthews (TIA UK Chairman)

10.45 - 11.30    Global fitness and health trends     Market value - world trends - UK trends - what lessons can be learned? Is bigger always better? Does your gym/fitness offer meet customer needs? What does the future look like? - David Minton (CEO Leisure Database Company)

11.30 - 12.30    Tennis Opened Up    'Tennis Opened Up’ - update, key issues, forward plans - what it means for tennis providers - how can the tennis industry support the strategy?

Chris Pollard (LTA Head of Strategy and Innovation)
Abbie Lench (LTA Head of Clubs and Counties)
Tom Murray (Head of Padel)

12.30 - 13.00    Building Padel Courts    Specifications - costs - area required - siting - dos and donts - venue impact - Andy Burrell (MD Chiltern Sports) and Lee West (Sports Facility Planning and Design)

13.00 - 14.30    Lunch and Tour  

14.30 - 15.00    The Road to Wimbledon    Programme objectives and impact - what’s next? - tennis club involvement - Dan Bloxham (Head Coach, AELTC)

15.00 - 15.45    A Risky Business?    5/6 key sector risks and mitigation - developing a risk model - risk guidance toolkit - Iskander Fernandez (Partner BLM) 

15.45 - 16.15    Afternoon tea    

16.15 - 17.00    Your most valuable asset?    Tennis coaches in 2020 - your expectations - their expectations - recruitment and employment status - managing and measuring performance - tools and mentoring - Mike Lynch (CEO Servesport)

17.00 - 17.30    "Fairway to success" How vibrant is UK Tennis? What can tennis clubs and the tennis industry learn from golf? The importance of innovation - Ken Schofield (former CEO of the PGA European Tour)

17.30 - 18.00    Round up and questions - Marcus Buckland

18.00 - 19.00    Drinks reception sponsored by Tennis Threads

Tickets are available now on

Competition - If your club would like a chance to win some valuable equipment - please see the competition from our media partner Tennis Threads

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