Junior and Adult Coaching
At Edlesborough we have implemented a progressive and inclusive tennis programme that offers tennis to everyone regardless of standard and/or ambition.
Our Junior Programme follows a four stage progression (known as Mini Tennis) that allows and encourages children to play the game of tennis with equipment, and on a court, where they can gain maximum improvement and enjoyment from the sport.
As a child improves they will move up the stages of Mini Tennis until they are playing on a full size court with full size equipment.
Basic Skills for Tennis
Many children taking up tennis will need work on some basic skills to enable them to pick up the tennis specific skills. This work is beneficial for all children regardless of their tennis skill level.
This work is beneficial at all ages but is most effective up to an age of approximately 12 (a player’s biological age could vary by as much as +/- 2 years from their chronological age).
To achieve these basic skill, the following areas of work will be addressed:
- Athleticism: Speed, Agility, Flexibility
- Balance: Both static and dynamic balance
- The ability to stop, start and change the direction of movement
- Co-ordination: The ability to co-ordinate the body and body parts to carry out specific skills, with and without racket and ball
EDLESBOROUGH Mini Tennis programme
The four stage EDLESBOROUGH mini tennis progression detailed below allows and encourages children to play the game of tennis with equipment, and on a court, where they can gain maximum improvement and enjoyment from the sport. As a child improves they will move up the stages until they are playing on a full size court with full size equipment.
Mini Tennis Red
Great introduction to the game for children as young as four. Played on a small court (badminton size) with foam balls and small rackets. Fun to play and excellent for developing all aspects of the game.
LTA - Mini Tennis Red
Mini Tennis Orange
For children who require the next challenge after mini tennis red. Played on 3/4 of a normal court with low compression (transition) balls and medium rackets (19” to 23”). Allows developing players more room to play in, to further improve their game.
LTA - Mini Tennis Orange
Mini Tennis Green
For children moving on from mini tennis orange. Played on a full size court with medium compression balls and medium to large rackets. Children can now play on a full size court with balls suited to their size and strength.
LTA - Mini Tennis Green
Full size court, tennis balls, rackets. Just like the pros.
Children over 10
At 10 years and older, Edlesborough currently have Under 14 and 16 coaching groups throughout the year as well as individual coaching if required. Juniors can also participate in Club and league tournaments, definitely one of the best ways for players to improve their skill level.
Currently we have a Friday morning Adult Coaching Session for players of all abilities to join in a social group and receive useful coaching tips as well as enjoy playing with other members.
For details of the mini tennis and junior timetable, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.