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What opportunities are there?

Are you interested in gaining industry recognised officiating qualifications whilst also having the opportunity to put your officiating skills into practice?

We offer the chance for you to undertake fully funded or discounted officiating qualifications, alongside practical experience through a number of programmes. Opportunities to officiate in IMS, Society Sport and Social Leagues are  directly delivered by the CVA – for some further opportunities, click We Support to find out which other officials are supported by us.

The Tennis Project has an exciting partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of tennis officials. The officiating strand consists of two pathways; one for students interested in running competitions (competition organiser), refereeing or tournament directing; and the second the ‘Student Officiating Academy (SOA)’.  The SOA enables students to undertake their line umpire and chair umpire qualifications; with the possibility of gaining employed work at the Wimbledon Championships for exceptional candidates.  Students can undertake one or both of the pathways; within each the students will be mentored and supported by experienced professionals working in the field; gaining national qualifications, practical experience and networking opportunities within the tennis industry.

Check out our Case Studies page to see how previous students benefited from this experience! For example, check out Jade below officiating at Wimbledon 2016!







How will it work?

We support you through a reduced or fully funded officiating course, before working with you to provide practical, officiating opportunities to apply your skills.

Where we have funded your course/qualification, you are asked to volunteer and ‘give back’ a certain number of hours officiating through our IMS/Social Leagues/Society Sport/ Tennis programmes. Officiating opportunities are currently available in IMS Rugby & Football, Social League and Society Sport Football & Netball and Tennis through the Tennis project.

We also run CPD sessions (Continuous Professional Development), Masterclasses, First Aid and Safeguarding courses to upskill your training and development as an official. There are exclusive rewards packages available for all officials in addition to the CVA rewards package. Please contact for further information.

(Please note, we are unfortunately not able to fund everyone through a qualification but will offer reductions where we can. Additionally, if you cancel 7 days or less before the course, there will be a cancellation fee).


When will it happen?

Courses are available throughout the year – sometimes we run these courses internally; other times we may provide funding for you to undertake a qualification elsewhere.

Our courses will be advertised on the CVA Portal. External courses can usually be found on National Governing Body or County Sports Partnership websites.

IMS, Social League and Society Sport fixtures occur throughout the year, between October and April.


How to be part of this?

Sign up to one of our courses through the CVA Portal. For external courses/qualifications or for queries, drop us an email:


To see other opportunities that we deliver, visit our  CVA Strands page or for other voluntary opportunities, visit our We Support page.