Protecting children (everyone under 18 years) and vulnerable adults is as important in sport as in every other aspect of society.

If a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the police.

If you are worried about the safety of a child or vulnerable adult (and even if it is nothing to do with tennis) contact:

Suffolk County Council’s Customer First: 0808 800 4005

The organisation with the statutory duty to safeguard children and vulnerable adults


Vulnerable adults

The NSPCC: 0808 805 5000 or

The leading children’s safeguarding charity in the UK

Club safeguarding

Safeguarding is a very high priority for the Club and the Lawn Tennis Association. The tennis club is affiliated to the LTA and is required to have a designated Welfare Officer, trained to fulfil their role, however we are lucky to have a Welfare Team. Usually volunteers, and never a coach, a Welfare Officer’s principal responsibility is Safeguarding. 

Welfare Team

Catherine Bryant - Lead Welfare Officer - 07980 559774

Susan Baldry - Assistant Welfare Officer - 07760 177962

Michelle May-Jones - Assistant Welfare Officer - 07789 723968

Victoria Wilk - Young Persons Welfare Officer 

Claire Ellis - First Aid Co-ordinator - 07815 423907


Suffolk LTA

Suffolk LTA has a County Safeguarding Officer (CSO), whose role is to help promote and embed a safeguarding culture in tennis; and to provide advice and support to Welfare Officers at Suffolk LTA registered venues. In addition, they have specific responsibilities for safeguarding in respect of staff employed by Suffolk LTA and the services delivered directly by Suffolk LTA: Sally Gooch is CSO and she can be contacted via:

National LTA

The LTA has a national Safeguarding Team supported by a team of regional safeguarding officers that supports all individuals and organisations involved in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in tennis, including Suffolk LTA and its affiliated clubs/venues. This team will follow up safeguarding concerns reported directly to it. This is how to register a concern:

It also provides information; set standards; and provides training:


The Club has a set of safeguarding policies that can be found at: