Reaching out to local schools around our centres is a vital part of our community outreach programme
Our goal is always to pro-actively engage local schools with offers of free tennis for state schools and by running taster sessions in-school with the help of our experienced, enthusiastic coaching teams.
According to our partners at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), recent research in England alone shows that tennis in schools is growing, with 80% of schools offering tennis and 47% of schools having a link with a local place to play tennis. Driving participation amongst schoolchildren is a vital part of the LTA’s ambitions and we’re doing our best to see that the thousands of potential tennis players currently in education are given the opportunity to try and develop a lasting love of sport.
As well as reaching out to children via schools, we are committed to providing courts free for children and accompanying adults after school, 3-6pm every weekday, to enable children to develop their tennis skills at no cost to themselves or their parents. We will even lend them rackets and balls if needed.
We are also extremely proud of our mini-tennis camps and courses, designed to give children an understanding of competition and matchplay while still playing in a light- hearted and fun atmosphere. Mini-tennis uses smaller courts, nets and rackets and is internationally accepted as the best way to help children develop their tennis skills as they move through different age groups.
Mini-tennis comprises four age groups – Tots, aged 3-5; Red, aged 5-8; orange 8-9 and green, aged 10. Children can progress and compete at their own level before moving up, so building their skills and confidence until they are ready to play with standard tennis balls on a full-sized court. Our coaches are extremely experienced at helping children through this process.