Revive, survive & thrive.

What is Club Thrive?

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." Arthur Ashe

  • Wellington & Kapi Mana clubs are on a journey to revive, survive and thrive
  • Why? Continuing current paths, clubs may not survive
  • To enable change for a better way forward
  • Our aim is to sharpen up for the future
  • invigorate you to magnitise your community
  • mobilise your troops
  • most importantly, make our clubs the best in the country!


Club Thrive is a programme of offerings to make your club a better place. Ten initiatives in the programme. We hope your club participate in as many as possible.

Club Thrive Incentive Programme - Apply by 23 June 2024  (extended from 31 May 2024).

Provides financial incentive to clubs who implement initiatives that will directly impact a club’s membership numbers in a positive way. CLUB THRIVE INCENTIVE PROGRAMME

Central Club Forums - Four forums held annually, we hope to have full representation from Wellington/Kapi Mana clubs. Clubs from other associations are welcome. Join in person at RTC or via Zoom - MORE

Central Coach Forums - two forums held annually. Clubs are asked to encourage their club coach to attend these informal catch-ups.

2024/25 dates to be confirmed

Tennis NZ Club & Coach Hui - A national workshop/presentation for all clubs and coaches in the Central Region. Dates for 2025 to be confirmed

Love Tennis - Nationwide open day, Sunday 8 September Register & info


"Support your Club" Tennis NZ Webinars - Join in once a month on a range of relevant topics from volunteers, to membership to court hire and more.

Register for upcoming and view recent Webinars

Tennis NZ Club Toolkit - A wealth of information for clubs on a range of useful topics available to you HERE

Tennis Central Club Toolkit - Helpful resources for your club MORE

Annual Club Support Survey - Tennis Central survey to clubs in ahead of 2025/24 seeking identification of areas in which support is desired.

Tennis Central Club Self-Assessment - See how your club is tracking. Build over the long term, a truly extraordinary club. DOWNLOAD



June 2022 Workshop Presentations - Finding the best way to retain members

Tennis NZ Media, comms, volunteer planning template (Sept 2023)




Peter McArthur, Kilbirnie Tennis Club "Measuring Churn"   /  SLIDES
Erin Rush, Harcourts Wellington City "Looking after customers"   /   SLIDES
Seth Campbell, Karori United Tennis Club   "Engaging members"  /   SLIDES
Activities on and off the court Workshop Brainstorm of ideas for your club

May 2021 Workshop Presentations

Speaker Top Ten Tips

Tim Shannahan, CEO Tennis Central Workshop welcome

Justin Crawshay Karori Lawn KUTC video    /    "Down but not out"

Jeanette Manson, Waikanae Beach Tennis Club - power point  /  "The right people can make the difference"

Ross Jamieson, Toitu Poneke Community Hub - power point   /    "Recognising the need to change"

Jan Rosie, Vogelmorn Tennis Club   "Creating Culture"

Sheryl Boshier, Khandallah Tennis Club    "Moving to a paid administrator"

Garth & Rob Gulley, Pukerua Bay Tennis Club    "Using technology to save time"

Warwick Brew and Paul Bell, Outumoetai Tennis Club - power point   /   "What it takes to be club and coach of the year"

Tom Baker, Titahi Bay Tennis Club  "We have the culture"

Ali Telford, Tennis NZ - power point"Club culture"

Brad Watts, Thorndon Tennis Club   /   "Benefits of a paid administrator"




Club self-assessment summary and membership trends

In 2021 clubs were asked to complete the self-assessment matrix to see how they were tracking. It enabled Tennis Central to identify key areas of where support was required and base session topics on these areas. In summary, clubs are getting the basics covered but committees have little time or energy to take on much else.

Club membership graphs

Overall club self-assessment summary results

We identified that clubs are achieving: 91% core functions, 70% meeting member needs, 39% growing membership, 31% achieving excellence.

What are we doing well? Financial management, facilities & assets, committee functions.

Improvement needed:  Activities on and off the court, participation programmes, club capability