FOUNDATION | a registered charity

Providing support to disadvantaged
people and those living with disabilities
through the sport of tennis.


About the Victorian
Tennis Academy

Our purpose is to provide support to disadvantaged people and those living with disabilities through the sport of tennis. The VTAF was incorporated in December 2021 with the intent to expand the scope and reach of the Charitable and community inclusion activities previously undertaken by staff at the VTA. We have charitable status and are recognised by the ATO as a deductible gift recipient.

The intent of the VTAF is to grow and support our community by providing access to fun and inclusive events, whilst raising awareness for other amazing charities and causes related to the tennis world. The VTAF has a functioning Board who provide their time and expertise to run the charity, plan and deliver tennis events at VTA venues that strengthen our relationship with the community and support  important community initiatives and organisations, In addition we raise funds to support

Foundation Board

Colin Kop

Colin joined the Board during 2023 with the objectives of contributing to VTAF’s governance and helping it achieve its purpose. Colin is a regular player at Powlett Reserve, is CEO of the ICM Investments Group of companies and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and UNSW.

Gillian Duchesne

Gill has been part of the Victorian Tennis Academy community since she arrived in Australia in 1996. Her career as a specialist clinical/radiation oncologist spanned practice in both London and Melbourne, and she was the Executive Director of Radiation Oncology at Peter Mac until she retired from clinical practice in 2014. Alongside her managerial and clinical roles, she is an internationally recognised expert in cancer clinical trials, leading a successful trans-Tasman research organisation for a number of years. She was also Dean of her Faculty in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, and as a Board Director was instrumental in reforming its governance structure to align with current practice standards. A life-long tennis tragic, she welcomed the opportunity to help establish the VTA Foundation and continues to contribute to its growth as Secretary to the Board.

Jude George


Tina Keown

VTA Director
Tina is the Director of the Victorian Tennis Academy and has been in the business for over 25 years. She holds a Diploma in Business with Sports Management and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the tennis industry. Over the years Tina has been an integral leader in giving back to the community through charitable initiatives and organising inclusive events for disadvantaged people. Through this ongoing work and alongside the VTAF board members was able to gain registered charitable status in 2022.

Jack Glennane

VTA Director
Jack has been with VTA for 12 years and is the Operations Director overseeing the delivery of tennis at Fawkner Park and Powlett Reserve. Jack is a TA Club Professional Coach and Tennis Australia FITBIT Cardio Ambassador. He helps with the training and promotion of Cardio Tennis in Victoria, and has an active on-court presence, coaching a vast range of players and programs at all VTA venues.
Ethos: Create an all welcome environment encouraging all standards, ages and abilities

Paulin Walter

Board Member