What is Player Welfare?
- Player welfare is the protection of the physical, emotional and social health, safety and rights of players.
- Every tennis player deserves to participate tennis in an environment where they are treated with respect and are safe from non-accidental violence (harassment and abuse) delivered by any method.
Why is Player Welfare important?
- Player Welfare is vital to the health and future of all tennis participants and organisations.
- For a player to progress to the highest levels of tennis, an enormous commitment and dedication must be sustained over many years.
- A positive, ethical tennis environment at every stage of the player journey enhances each player’s participation, development, health, fulfilment and on-court success.
The ITF and Player Welfare:
- The ITF established a Player Welfare Programme in 2007 with the Player Welfare Policy. Details of the Programme are outlined below.
- The Programme is based on well-researched international best practices in athlete welfare:
- 2007 IOC Consensus Statement, Prevention of Sexual harassment and Abuse in Sport
- 2010 UNICEF Preventing Violence against Children in Sport
- 2015 International Centre Ethics in Sport Safeguarding Youth Sport
- 2016 IOC Consensus Statement Harassment and Abuse in Sport
The ITF Player Welfare Programme Provides:
- A Player Welfare Policy comprising regulations that govern respectful behaviour of all credential persons on-site at ITF sanctioned tournaments.
- Clear reporting procedures for any activities which are against the Player Welfare Policy.
- A confidential and FREE 24 hour telephone and video counselling service that provides professional counsellors (and interpreters if required) to players in need.
- A confidential and FREE website, Achieve Solutions, accessible on smart phones, tablets and laptops, which provides a vast array of health and welfare information, in a variety of formats: podcasts, videos, webinars and written articles. It also includes a dedicated Tennis Resources section.
- Resources, including animations and information for players to learn their rights and responsibilities to be safe when traveling and competing (see IPIN for more information).
- Resources and guidelines on the topic of safeguarding in sport for the ITF and its member Federations.
Every player deserves a safe, positive and respectful tennis experience.
If something does not feel right, or you feel unsafe, REPORT to: the local authorities, the tournament organisers, your National Federation or the ITF – Nicky Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org .
Player Welfare Programme information does not constitute legal, psychiatric or medical advice. In cases of emergency, contact your local authorities, such as the police, emergency services and/or child protection services; your qualified medical practitioner or your National Federation.