TERM TIME COURSES & JUNIOR COACHING PROGRAMME (4yrs - 18yrs)
At the Blue stage, children will learn fundamental skills for tennis through play in a fun, stimulating and safe environment. Children will be encouraged to make decisions and positively cooperate with other children. Sessions will be active with skills being developed at an appropriate pace to the child’s experience and ability.
At the Red stage, children practice to serve (with an overarm throw) rally, and learn to play points. Coaches will help children to develop adaptive skills, coordination, balance & speed. Through basic instruction, children continue to prepare for the game ahead.
At the Orange stage, children learn the rules & scoring to play the game from serve & return. Coaches will support children to grow their motor skills (orientation, hand-eye coordination, running & moving) to play in a dynamic environment. At the Orange stage children will increase proficiency, problem-solving skills & learn sportsmanship.
At the Green stage, children enjoy playing tennis on a full size court. Coaches will help children to grow their game to play with variety and will continue to improve their tactical awareness whilst refining technique. Children will become more autonomous and accept greater responsibilities.
At the Yellow stage, children are now playing on a full size court with the balls the professionals use. Children will continue to explore different game styles and start to find their own. They will evolve through well-rounded motor skills development whilst improving their physical capacities. By this stage, children will be tennis fans for life!
All our squads and sessions are progressive as we don't want to hold any of our players back. Our coaches will liase with parents and children to find the most suitable squad at your chosen venue.
DETAILS OF OUR TERM TERM COACHING PROGRAMME - COURSES ARE BOOKABLE BY DOWNLOADING THE MDL COACHING APP TO ANY PHONE (mdl coaching tennis booking app).
ALL PLAYERS ATTENDING ANY PROGRAMME AT ANY OF OUR VENUES MUST BE MEMBERS OF THE TENNIS CLUB (This fee is paid direct to the tennis club - please visit their website for details). The only exception to this rule is those players attending LTA YOUTH START COURSES, OUR HOLIDAY TENNIS CAMPS & TRIAL SESSIONS..
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A GUIDE TO OUR GROUP COACHING SESSIONS 2022/2023
DEVELOPMENT GROUPS (For mini tennis players and yellow ball players new to the sport or those not looking to compete)
Sessions are for players who play once / twice a week and are keen to improve and learn new tennis skills, have fun and make new tennis friends. These sessions are also suitable for players who are new to the sport. We try to put all players in groups with others of a similar age and ability.
COMPETITION SQUADS (Mini Tennis players aged 6yrs-10yrs)
Sessions are for players who play at least twice a week either attending group sessions, 1:1 sessions, play competitions or have an interest in competing and representing MDL in matches against other clubs, play with parents or friends outside coaching sessions or are above average ability for their age.
Players attending these sessions will be encouraged to enter LTA sanctioned tournaments.
INVITATION SQUADS (Yellow ball players aged 10yrs-18yrs)
Sessions are for players who have been a part of the MDL programme for many years and are established tennis players. They may play at least twice a week either attending group sessions, 1:1 sessions, play competitions or have an interest in competing and representing MDL in matches against other clubs, play with parents or friends outside coaching sessions or are above average ability for their age. They have a keen interest in tennis and willingness to improve as a tennis player.
ADULT RUSTY RACKETS
A session for adults looking to get back into tennis or an adult who plays other sports looking to start playing tennis. Technique, lots of fun drills and a chance to meet new people to practise with. Sessions are bookable for 6 sessions at a time and once players are confident they are encouraged to join their respective club as a FULL member and join in adult clubs sessions and even play for the adult teams.
Players attending should join as an adult and coach membership or parent membership to allow them the opportunity to book courts outside of the coaching session to practise with family or other rusty racket attendees.
LTA YOUTH COMPETE - COMPETITION We believe that competition is an important part in the development of a tennis player. Competition does not have to be serious it can be lots of fun too. Many of our coaching sessions include fun competition and we arrange tournaments outside of the coaching sessions all year round. for all our tennis players. We promote external LTA competitions to all children involved in our coaching programme.
LTA YOUTH SCHOOLS - OUR SCHOOLS COACHING PROGAMME IS A BIG PART OF OUR PROGRAMME - We are involved with many local schools running curricular coaching sessions and after school tennis clubs. It is convenient for parents and it allows us to take tennis to the children. Many of our players have started their tennis journey at either an after school club or at our holiday tennis camps. For more details on our schools programme visit our SCHOOLS page
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