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Tennis Canterbury is the hub for tennis in New Zealand’s South Island. Their website not only needed to offer a wide variety of information to people looking for places to play and compete, it needed to be easy to use for active people on the go.

Platform: WordPress

The Client

Tennis Canterbury is the governing body for tennis clubs throughout most of New Zealand’s South Island. They administer interclub sporting events and regional tournaments, host the regional Canterbury Open, help track national player rankings and help clubs with their promotions.

The Project

The Tennis Canterbury website needed to have the ability to promote various functions and events, schedule competitions and make it easy for Canterbury’s tennis players to track their matches and record their results.

The Process


Images of Canterbury's own players were cut out in Photoshop to add energy to the layouts

Research Phase

Research was done on an international level to assess how other associations were addressing problems similar to Tennis Canterbury’s. Special attention was given to responsive design and intelligent interfaces that could be updated by people on the go.

A survey was done of the Tennis Canterbury audience to discover what they wanted and needed in a new website. This research was used to help model the design.

Design Phase

The new Tennis Canterbury website was started from scratch, including a new domain and web hosting. The new website was staged live on its new host while the old site continued to run as usual. This allowed interaction and feedback from all stakeholders without interfering with the existing website.

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The Product

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Multiple navigation menus for easy access

With all of the information on offer on the Tennis Canterbury website, the information most often accessed could be easily buried. A Quick Links menu was created top of page so current event information is readily accessible.

Additional sub page navigation helps users to find the information they’re looking for more easily.

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Club and Coach Features

Galleries of club and coach offerings showcase the broad variety of options available in the region. Each club and coach has their own page, which they can opt to update themselves with user access.

Online Court Bookings

The click of a nice big button takes user immediately to the organisation’s online booking system. Tennis, anyone?

Event Pages

Regional and club events are easily accessible in filtered galleries. Event pages offer online registration. All events load automatically onto the Event Calendar.

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