Our Junior coaching programme covers all ages and abilities and is operated in accordance with Lawn Tennis Association guidance to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn and perform to the best of their ability. We are now also running Tots Tennis sessions – a fun way for children to get a very early taste of the game! The entry-level for Junior coaching is Mini Tennis, which is designed for children from 4 years of age. Within Mini Tennis there are three levels – Red, Orange and Green.
All courses can be booked online - please visit our ‘Coaching Programme’ page for full details and all links.
The safety and protection of our Junior players is of paramount importance to the Club, which has extensive policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with best practice, supported by fully trained and accredited coaches and a dedicated Welfare Officer. Full details can be found on the Club Governance page.
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. Players use a soft ball which is 75% slower than a normal tennis ball, shorter rackets, a smaller court and a lower net. This allows your child to learn to play full shots, have long rallies and enjoy their tennis. There are also fun competitions so they can put their new--found skills into practice. The Club has 4 dedicated mini-red tennis courts,
Mini Tennis Orange is for players aged 8 and 9 and allows players to continue their progress from Red. Again it is played with shorter rackets, a lower net, a soft ball which is 50% slower than a normal tennis ball and a slightly larger court. Orange level helps your child develop a rounded game whilst also learning a range of techniques and tactics. The soft ball encourages playing full shots and combining power with control. Again there are fun competitions to take part in. The Club has 3 dedicated mini-orange tennis courts.
Mini Tennis Green is for players aged 9 and 10 and is the final stage before playing with normal tennis balls. Played on a full court with full height net, the rackets are slightly smaller than full-size and the soft ball is 25% slower than a normal tennis ball. This stage helps consolidate the learning so far and improves all aspects or your child’s game before they progress to hitting the full ball. Competitions and team matches provide opportunities to put these skills into practice. This is played on a full-size court.
From there we run Junior coaching sessions in separate groups at Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 age ranges as your child progresses into full tennis play and the opportunity to play competitive team tennis (if they wish) in both the Team Tennis and Northumberland & Durham Leagues as well as in the annual Road To Wimbledon competition and other tournaments.
During school holidays the coaching programme switches to daytime midweek sessions, but still based around the above structure. Click here for details of the current programme. We also now offer multi-sport coaching days during school holidays.