Infosys and Tennis Australia to make tennis more accessible and build future leaders Through digital inclusion initiative
Infosys, on Tuesday, announced a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) collaboration with Tennis Australia to drive new digital learning and accessibility initiatives creating pathways to learning and education for under-represented communities. The program is in line with the organizations’ Digital Innovation Partnership, which was recently extended until 2026.
As a part of the CSR collaboration, Infosys and Tennis Australia, in the next five years, will focus on using technology for good with a vision to enhance accessibility, learnability, and inclusivity on and beyond the court. The five-year collaboration starts with enhancing the Tennis Australia Leadership programs, to engage and empower the leaders of tomorrow to help make positive change in their communities.
“We are incredibly proud to be working in close collaboration with Tennis Australia on a number of new digital accessibility and learning initiatives. When we renewed our Digital Innovation Partnership at the end of last year, we agreed that the next phase in our relationship would be to jointly build programs that have a larger positive impact on our community.”Andrew Groth, Executive Vice President, Infosys and Region Head, Australia and New Zealand
Andrew added, “Our recent digital accessibility research uncovered that just 3% of Australian organisations are consistently embedding digital accessibility into what they do, with two-thirds either unaware or not understanding WCAG guidelines. This collaboration will play a role in bridging the digital accessibility gap and bring learning pathways to the disadvantaged.”
The digital services firm is working to enhance digital experiences for tennis fans, players, coaches, and the media at Australia Open (AO) 2022, beyond the court. And now Infosys, with this collaboration, is starting a journey to leverage these capabilities to also have positive community impact.
“We’re excited to see that the extension of our partnership with Infosys will also include programs that enable a more equitable community. We are working together to build more accessible digital experiences for everyone who engages with the Australian Open and our sport. Infosys Springboard will also give our leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to expand their learning through a state of the art digital learning environment.”Korey Allchin, Director of Partnerships and International Business at Tennis Australia
Infosys will provide its next-gen digital learning platform, Springboard, to help enhance the leadership programs through:
- Power learnability with richer leadership development content: Participants will have access to the full catalogue of online learning modules available such as time management, design thinking, and leading for success.
- Digital learning: Infosys Springboard platform will help enable accessible digital learning and collaboration experiences for participants of Tennis Australia’s Leadership programs.
- Drive inclusivity with mentorship: Infosys employees will have the opportunity to volunteer and mentor participants on key business and leadership skills contributing to the programs’ value, enabling a more diverse pool of local talent with the tools to lead and succeed.
With these programs, Infosys and Tennis Australia are expecting to create equitable opportunities and positively impact grassroots tennis in the region. By leveraging the Infosys Tennis Platform for tournament experiences and Infosys Springboard for digital inclusion, the partnership will continue to bring the sport closer to people and people closer to equitable outcomes, serving the shared vision of “tennis for everyone”.
As a partner committed to the sport in the Australia New Zealand (ANZ) region, Infosys has worked with Tennis Australia for initiatives such as the Aces for Bushfire Relief in 2020 and building an AO Virtual Hub in 2021 to enable tournament access digitally in a pandemic-affected year.