Thongsbridge Tennis Club offers a wide range of coaching programmes to suit different levels and standards of tennis players, from beginners to the more advanced and the very young to the more mature player.
Parents Guide to Coaching
Ages 3 – 4
Mini Tennis Tots is for children aged 3 to 4-years-old and enables them to learn the basics and how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities based on the fundamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and racket and ball skills.
Ages 5 – 10
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. Players learn to serve, rally and score with a slow ball, as well as learning the movement and co-ordination skills needed for tennis. Players are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams and as individuals, with short matches using tie-break scoring.
Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. Players develop a rounded game learning a range of techniques and tactics. Courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts. There are team and individual competitions with matches using tie-break scoring.
Mini Tennis Green is for 10-year-olds who are ready to test their skills on a full-size court. Our approach to helping children into the sport makes it far easier for them to develop their skills and progress with their tennis.
Participating in Mini Tennis will be beneficial for your children on many levels. Their confidence will grow as they progress through the stages. They’ll get all the benefits of regular physical activity too, their work on the court will help them to keep fit, healthy and happy. They’ll learn the fair play values of tennis as well – these encour-age good behaviour and sportsmanship.
You can play your part too; we welcome you to encourage them to practice at home and for them to feedback to you that they’re still enjoying their sessions as much as they should. Mini Tennis is not about winning or losing; it’s about enjoying sport with a smile on their face.
We want children to flourish in an environment where they feel comfortable and feel like their skills are continuing to improve.
Ages 10 – 17
After this players are moved into the “Junior” groups (10-16 years) and progress from Junior 3 through to Junior 1. We also have Junior groups available for anyone who has not played tennis before and is too old for the Mini tennis programme – Junior Stars.
Alongside these courses, the club runs invitational groups for those players that show potential to become future champions!
There are groups available for the adults too, ranging from beginners to the more advanced player, starting at Beginners and finishing at Advanced.
Do I need to be a member?
You can enrol for one “Block” of coaching without joining the Club, but thereafter all adults and children joining the coaching groups are required to become members. Membership is not required for the under 4’s.
What if a class is full?
In the event that there is not room on a course required level, the Club operates a waiting list system. A free 20 minute assessment is available with a coach for Adults that have played before but are unsure of their standard. This will help decide which coaching group is suitable.
How much does it cost?
Prices for all courses can be found on the Coaching Programme. The programme mirrors the 6 school half terms starting with Block 1 in September and finishing with Block 6 from June to the summer holidays. Prices therefore vary depending upon the length of the half term and if there are any additional holidays e.g. May Day Bank Holiday.
How do I book one-on-one lessons?
Individual lessons should be booked directly with the coaches themselves. A list of coaches, contact numbers and their individual lesson rate can be found on the reverse of the programme time-tables.