Mini Tennis and "Yellow Tennis" provides the perfect introduction to the sport for children aged between three and twelve (Mini Tennis) and between thirteen and seventeen (Yellow Tennis).
Use the power of sport to help your children to develop in an inclusive and structured environment, where they can learn and grow through Mini Tennis.
The Mini Tennis programme allows the sport to be accessible to young children. The smaller courts and equipment, combined with lower-bouncing balls help to produce a platform for young people to get to grips with the game and develop a love for the sport.
Mini Tennis is split into four stages (+Yellow tennis):
- Tots: 3-5 years - Learn the basics
- Red: 5-8 years - Serve, rally and score
- Orange: 8-9 years - Develop a rounded game
- Green: 10-12 years - Put your skills to the test
- Yellow: 13-17 years - Play a sport for life
At each stage the game is tailored to fit different age groups with different sized courts and balls. This will allow your child to develop in an environment where they are surrounded by players of a similar ability as well as being able to make new friends who are of similar age.
Each stage is divided in 4 level of skills
BEGINNER STAGE (Level 4)
A player in the beginner stage is someone of any age who is having their first tennis experiences and learning the basic technical and tactical aspects of tennis, learning the rules of tennis and developing positive attitudes towards competition. It is at this stage where players are most likely to fall in love with tennis if they are supported and develop the basic skills. Around 60% of all tennis players in 10is Academy fit into this stage.
DEVELOPMENT STAGE (Level 3)
This stage represents a broad range of players with a reasonable level of skill who can regularly execute all aspects of playing tennis. Enjoyment and competition are the key drivers for these players, but at the same time performance, challenge and improvement are often key motivators. During this stage, these aspirations across a wide age range need to be catered for through the offering of more in depth and advanced coaching and fun ‘have a go’ type programmes. Around 40% of all tennis players fit into this stage.
PERFORMANCE STAGE (Level 2)
This stage can begin from a young age and involves those athletes who have the ability to play tennis to a high level and are likely to be moving towards county representative tennis. It is at this stage that many performance players will become part of talent identification programme designed to lead to High Performance tennis, and be competing on national tours. Less than 10% of all players fit into this stage.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE STAGE (LEVEL 1)
At this stage athletes are able to translate their training and technical skills into competing at international level and achieving excellence in tennis. Only a handful of all players fit into this stage.