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Tennis: Play the mini season in Australia

4-17 Weeks

Overview

Get a taste of Aussie life with our Mini Season tennis programme. Spend part of the season with a local tennis club, enjoying our shared accommodation at the heart of the action. As with all Sport Lived programmes, you’ll also make friends for life along the way.

Recommended for:

  • Shorter programmes between 4 - 18 weeks
  • Working on your game in an Aussie club
  • A taste of Aussie lifestyle
  • Boosting your CV with work experience

At a glance:

  • Hand-picked Aussie tennis club
  • Regular matches, training & social events
  • Shared accommodation
  • 24/7 mentor support throughout your stay

Sporting adventures

The Mini Season gives you the freedom to combine playing tennis overseas with a more flexible programme. Our links with clubs ensure you’ll be matched with a team that suits your ability and your personality.

We also know how much you’re looking forward to life in Australia – so we give you everything you need to settle in and enjoy your freedom. With city centre accommodation and a friendly mentor on hand 24/7, you can make the most of every minute. Add excellent training facilities and a thriving social scene and life doesn’t get much better than this!

Playing Tennis in Australia

We have links with a wide range of good tennis clubs in Australia who’ll welcome you as a new member. What’s more, we’ll match you with an appropriate club, so whatever your standard of tennis, you’ll be able to make the grade! With the Mini-Season, you’ll experience part of the Aussie tennis season, spending 4 - 18 weeks playing and socialising with your club.

Club structure

Tennis clubs in Australia tend to be fairly large and have lots of members and many teams. They can therefore accommodate players of all abilities – from elite athletes to more social tennis players.

Matches & training

You’ll train two to three evenings a week and play matches against other clubs at the weekends. As well as playing matches for your club, keen tennis players can also enter tennis tournaments organised by regional governing bodies such as Tennis Victoria.

Off the court

With so many members, your club will be a hive of social activity. There’ll be drinks after training and matches, plus social events throughout the season.

Tennis development

Our clubs are selected for their high quality coaching and facilities, helping you return home as a much-improved player.

…and finally

What are you waiting for? Get out there and show the Aussies how it’s done!

Working Overseas

You’ll have plenty of spare time between training and competing if you’d like to get a job.  As well as enhancing your CV and boosting your bank balance, working overseas will help you meet new people and provide more structure to your time away.

Top tips for getting work:

  • Plan the type of work you'd like to obtain
  • Try to gain relevant work experience
  • Prepare a CV and have two references
  • Be proactive & persistent in job hunting

Employment options:

  • Café/bar work: sociable environment
  • Office work: good rates of pay
  • Coaching: fulfilling and well paid
  • Work experience: boost your CV

Working in Australia

You’ll be living close to lots of employment options like offices, shops, bars and restaurants. Contacts at your sport club might also help you to find coaching work.

In addition, your mentor will provide guidance on working in Australia but you should ensure you’re well prepared as the job market can be as competitive as the sports arena!

Social Life

Making the most of your time away

Travelling to the other side of the world to play sport is a truly once in a lifetime experience. So all Sport Lived programmes are designed to make sure that both your sporting life, and your social life, are as action packed and exciting as possible. That’s why you’ll always get…

Social events with Sport Lived

The cities you can visit with Sport Lived are some of the most exciting and welcoming on the planet, and there always seems to be something interesting going on. So to help you make the most of your time away, our local staff organise social events like trips to top sporting occasions, surfing lessons, welcome dinners and loads more besides. They’ll also try to assist you get tickets to events you want to watch while you're away, and give you expert advice on the best things to see and do in the city.

Membership of a local sports club

One of the best things about travelling with Sport Lived is that we arrange for you to join a local sports club. We handpick clubs with lots of members and different teams - some of whom have regular social events. Some clubs may offer preseason tours, and in the past some clubs have organised welcome events for new players. Trust us, you’ll feel like an old hand within a few days and the other members will make sure there’s never a dull moment!

A great place to stay in the centre of town

We offer programmes in some fantastic cities, and we know that to make the most of your time away, you need to be right in the centre of the action. So we make sure that your accommodation is in the heart of the city - just a short walk away from all the best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and pretty much anything else you’ll ever need.

Like minded flatmates

Having a few friends to share your experiences with is a huge part of any foreign trip – they make the whole experience loads easier and loads more fun. So you’ll always share your swish city centre accommodation with other Sport Lived participants - that way you’ll have a ready-made group of friends from the minute you step off the plane!
 

Career Enhancing Experiences

Your Sport Lived adventure is the perfect time to get work experience and demonstrate the skills that universities and future employers look for - your Sport Lived work experience will help set you apart.

Independence & initiative

Sport Lived will provide loads of help when you're looking for part-time work but ultimately it's down to you to get out there and make it happen. Showing a prospective employer that you've managed to find, secure and maintain a job in an overseas country is highly impressive.

Teamwork

Teamwork is at the heart of the Sport Lived experience. Living, playing and training alongside a new group of friends is a great way to develop strong social skills and show that you're a real team player.

Personal development

Joining a new sports club, living in an overseas city and securing a job are exciting challenges that will enable you to grow as an individual, leaving you ready to tackle whatever lies ahead after your Sport Lived experience.

Work experience

Living overseas is a great time to think about gaining invaluable work experience in a field you're considering as a career. Sport Lived participants have volunteered in hospitals, law firms and newspaper offices. Such work demonstrates commitment and initiative.

FAQs

1. What type of visa do I need?

Australian Working Holiday Visa

If you would like to obtain paid work during your programme you will need to obtain an Australian Working Holiday Visa. UK citizens aged 18-30 are eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa which enables holders to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months.  It costs around £150 and can take up to 4 weeks to process so we recommend getting the paperwork sorted well in advance of your departure.

Australian Tourist Visa

If you don’t want to work in Australia you can get an Australian Tourist Visa. For more information see the Travel & Visa section in the About Us area of our site.

2. What is the standard like?

Sport Lived offer programmes for players and athletes of all abilities. Therefore, whether you play at a high standard or not, a Sport Lived programme is perfect for you. A desire to play the sport you love in a spectacular new country is all you will need!

 

Standard Accommodation

Choose our Standard Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a dorm room in a hostel or lodge. All our Standard pads are centrally located and provide easy access to public transport. This makes it easier to get to your sports club or coaching placement, as well as giving you the chance to try out all the bars, clubs and restaurants in the city centre.

At a glance:

  • Top quality hostel accommodation
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Meet travellers from around the world

Your place in Australia...

You’ll share a dorm room with other Sport Lived participants. You’ll get fully equipped kitchen facilities, a base for your belongings and large comfortable communal areas, so you can catch up with other Sport Lived participants and travellers from around the world.

NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.

Premium Accommodation

Choose our Premium Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a 4 star apartment in the centre of town. Your sports club or coaching placement will be easily accessible by public transport and with lots of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops close by there are plenty of places to explore.

At a glance:

  • 4-star fully furnished apartments
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Relax! Most bills are included

Home from home...

Apartments are shared with other Sport Lived participants and include a 24 hour reception plus many mod-cons. Apartments are fully furnished including a TV, linen, kitchen appliances, washing machines, etc. They are also serviced weekly so you can spend your time having fun.

NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.

Melbourne

First things first. Whether it be playing professionally, socially with mates, coaching or simply watching on the telly, Melburnians LOVE sport. It doesn't matter where you are - the heart of the city, a country town, or in the suburbs, you will not only find a pub with a TV screen, but also an enthusiastic Aussie crowd to watch the action. In terms of live sport, we have the famous Boxing Day test match, Aussie Open Tennis, Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup – Australia’s most famous horse race.

But there’s more than sport. Most importantly, the Melbourne people are an incredible bunch. There's a warm, community sense that vibrates through the city. The locals are typically laid back and welcoming. They love to show off their city and will probably insist on taking you out on the town, exchanging slang words and introducing you to their mates.

This city is famous as the home of culture in Australia and has amazing art exhibitions, markets, music and comedy festivals; shopping, nightclubs and trendy bars. Whatever your taste, you'll find places in Melbourne dedicated to people like yourself.

Top Things To Do In Melbourne

  1. Travel the Great Ocean Road
  2. Watch ‘the race that stops a nation’
  3. Catch the ANZAC Day AFL Game at the MCG

What’s included?


Sports Club
✓ 
Membership to a quality sports club in Melbourne or Brisbane
✓ The opportunity to play and train with top Australian sports players

Accommodation
✓ Shared centrally located accommodation
✓ Choice between a quality lodge or a 4 star apartment
✓ Free internet or USB internet device

Overseas Staff Support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ 24/7 mentor support
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure

Employment
✓ Assistance in finding paid employment and work experience
✓ Help in finding paid coaching work

Trip Essentials
✓ Sport Lived hoody
✓ Welcome pack upon arrival
Public transport travel pass
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook

Social Events
✓ Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
✓ Social events with your sports club
*The social events arranged for our participants are dependent upon the length and time of their programme. Our participants are informed of these social events during their programme. 

And finally…
✓ The sports experience of a lifetime!

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Prices and Dates...
Location Duration From To Accommodation Price
Melbourne 4 weeks 30/06/2014 27/07/2014 Standard £ 2095 Book Now
Melbourne 5 weeks 30/06/2014 03/08/2014 Standard £ 2370 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 30/06/2014 10/08/2014 Standard £ 2645 Book Now
Melbourne 7 weeks 30/06/2014 17/08/2014 Standard £ 2920 Book Now
Melbourne 8 weeks 30/06/2014 24/08/2014 Standard £ 3195 Book Now
Melbourne 9 weeks 30/06/2014 31/08/2014 Standard £ 3470 Book Now
Melbourne 10 weeks 30/06/2014 07/09/2014 Standard £ 3745 Book Now
Melbourne 11 weeks 30/06/2014 14/09/2014 Premium £ 5295 Book Now
Melbourne 4 weeks 29/09/2014 26/10/2014 Standard £ 2095 Book Now
Melbourne 5 weeks 29/09/2014 02/11/2014 Standard £ 2370 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 29/09/2014 09/11/2014 Standard £ 2645 Book Now
Melbourne 7 weeks 29/09/2014 16/11/2014 Standard £ 2920 Book Now
Melbourne 8 weeks 29/09/2014 23/11/2014 Standard £ 3195 Book Now
Melbourne 9 weeks 29/09/2014 30/11/2014 Standard £ 3470 Book Now
Melbourne 10 weeks 29/09/2014 07/12/2014 Standard £ 3745 Book Now
Melbourne 11 weeks 29/09/2014 14/12/2014 Standard £ 4020 Book Now
Melbourne 12 weeks 29/09/2014 21/12/2014 Standard £ 4295 Book Now
Melbourne 12 weeks 29/09/2014 21/12/2014 Premium £ 5595 Book Now
Melbourne 4 weeks 29/12/2014 25/01/2015 Standard £ 2095 Book Now
Melbourne 5 weeks 29/12/2014 01/02/2015 Standard £ 2370 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 29/12/2014 08/02/2015 Standard £ 2645 Book Now
Melbourne 7 weeks 29/12/2014 15/02/2015 Standard £ 2920 Book Now
Melbourne 8 weeks 29/12/2014 22/02/2015 Standard £ 3195 Book Now
Melbourne 9 weeks 29/12/2014 01/03/2015 Standard £ 3470 Book Now
Melbourne 10 weeks 29/12/2014 08/03/2015 Standard £ 3745 Book Now
Melbourne 11 weeks 29/12/2014 15/03/2015 Standard £ 4020 Book Now
Melbourne 12 weeks 29/12/2014 22/03/2015 Standard £ 4295 Book Now
Melbourne 13 weeks 29/12/2014 29/03/2015 Premium £ 5895 Book Now
Melbourne 13 weeks 29/12/2014 29/03/2015 Standard £ 4570 Book Now
Melbourne 4 weeks 23/03/2015 19/04/2015 Standard £ 2095 Book Now
Melbourne 5 weeks 23/03/2015 26/04/2015 Standard £ 2370 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 23/03/2015 03/05/2015 Standard £ 2645 Book Now
Melbourne 7 weeks 23/03/2015 10/05/2015 Standard £ 2920 Book Now
Melbourne 8 weeks 23/03/2015 17/05/2015 Standard £ 3195 Book Now
Melbourne 9 weeks 23/03/2015 24/05/2015 Standard £ 3470 Book Now
Melbourne 10 weeks 23/03/2015 31/05/2015 Standard £ 3745 Book Now
Melbourne 11 weeks 23/03/2015 07/06/2015 Standard £ 4020 Book Now
Melbourne 12 weeks 23/03/2015 14/06/2015 Premium £ 5595 Book Now
Melbourne 12 weeks 23/03/2015 14/06/2015 Standard £ 4295 Book Now
Melbourne 13 weeks 23/03/2015 21/06/2015 Standard £ 4570 Book Now
Melbourne 14 weeks 23/03/2015 28/06/2015 Standard £ 4845 Book Now
Melbourne 15 weeks 23/03/2015 05/07/2015 Standard £ 5120 Book Now
Melbourne 16 weeks 23/03/2015 12/07/2015 Standard £ 5395 Book Now
Melbourne 17 weeks 23/03/2015 19/07/2015 Standard £ 5670 Book Now
Melbourne 4 weeks 29/06/2015 26/07/2015 Standard £ 2095 Book Now
Melbourne 5 weeks 29/06/2015 02/08/2015 Standard £ 2370 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 29/06/2015 09/08/2015 Standard £ 2645 Book Now
Melbourne 7 weeks 29/06/2015 16/08/2015 Standard £ 2920 Book Now
Melbourne 8 weeks 29/06/2015 23/08/2015 Standard £ 3195 Book Now
Melbourne 9 weeks 29/06/2015 30/08/2015 Standard £ 3470 Book Now
Melbourne 10 weeks 29/06/2015 06/09/2015 Standard £ 3745 Book Now
Melbourne 11 weeks 29/06/2015 13/09/2015 Standard £ 4020 Book Now
Melbourne 11 weeks 29/06/2015 13/09/2015 Premium £ 5295 Book Now

N.B. Damage Bond £300 (Premium Accommodation only)

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