Children's tennis

Tennis classes for children

Our tennis classes run from the Gannochy Scottish National Tennis Centre and offer children clear pathways to progress and develop their skills.

Mini Tennis is the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) programme for children aged between 3 and 10 years old. Using smaller courts and racquets with lower nets and lower bouncing balls, LTA Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with children progressing through the stages of Mini Tennis Red, Orange and Green.

Sessions based on age and ability give young children a positive and exciting introduction into the game, leading onto a series of squads for all levels of ability and interest.

Term time classes will start in September.  Please see the schedule and booking details for further information. We also offer individual tuition.

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Private coaching

For details of available coaches, please contact the Sports Centre reception on 01786 466900.       

Schedule

Schedule

ClassDayTimePrice Block 1Notes/Alterations
Pre-school Tennis

Monday

Monday

10am to 10.35am

1pm to 1.35pm 

£26

 

Mini Tennis Red

Monday

Wednesday

4.10pm to 5pm

4.10pm to 5pm 

£31

 

Mini Tennis Orange 1

Monday

Wednesday

4pm to 5pm

5pm to 6pm 

£31

 

Note: New time for Wednesday class

Mini Red/Orange (Invited: stage 2/3) Tuesday 5pm to 6.30pm TBC Note: This stage 2/3 class is by invitation only
Mini Tennis Orange 2 Monday 5pm to 6pm £31  
Mini Tennis Green 1 Tuesday 4pm to 5pm  £32  
Mini Tennis Green Club Monday 5pm to 6pm £32 Note: New day for class
Mini Tennis Green 1.5 Wednesday 5pm to 6pm £31 Note: New time for class
Mini Tennis Green 2/Bronze 2 Monday 6pm to 7pm £32 Note: New time for class
Bronze Squad Monday 7pm to 8pm £36 Note: New time for class
Silver Squad       Note: Group to join Central District Squad
Gold Squad Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm £41  
Junior Club Night Friday 6pm to 8pm £33

 

Junior Match Play Class Saturday 5pm to 7pm £5 (per class)

Dates TBC

Outlines

Outlines

Name Outline

Pre-school

Aimed at children aged three to five, where the classes develop hand-eye co-ordination skills in a fun and challenging environment.  They learn 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.
Mini Red

This class, for children aged five to seven, is played on a mini-sized court with small rackets and sponge balls. It is an ideal introduction to the game learning to serve, rally and score with a slow foam or felt ball.

Mini Orange

Mini Orange is aimed at children eight to nine/ten.  Courts are smaller than full size and adapted equipment is used.  We offer three levels of Orange tennis; Orange 1, Orange 2 and Orange Club, with classes determined by age and ability.

Mini Orange 1

This class is aimed at children who have gained a basic knowledge of tennis, progressing from using foam balls to Red and Orange balls.

Mini Orange 2 Progressing from Mini Tennis Orange 1, the class further develops specific tennis skills, with the ability to rally using foam, red and orange balls.
Mini Orange Club For children aged eight to 10 who have limited tennis experience, but wish to learn the develop their tennis skills.

Mini Green 

Mini Green is aimed at children aged nine to ten/eleven years with players putting their skills into practice on a full sized court but with a slightly softer ball.  Again we offer three levels of Green tennis to differentiate between playing experience.

Mini Green 1 

Children aged eight and over with previous playing experience will enjoy this class, using orange and green balls, all on a full court.

Mini Green 2

Progressing from Mini Tennis Green 1, the class aims to further develop technique and match-play skills.

Mini Green Club 

This class is for children aged 10 to 13 who have limited tennis experience, but wish to learn the develop their tennis skills.

Bronze Squad 

Sessions use the full court and introduce match-play balls, developing racket, court and ball familiarity as well as match play in singles and doubles.
Silver Squad Silver squad sessions offer the opportunity to develop ground-strokes introducing spin and slice, serve and volleying, create an awareness of different angles and depth of shots played from different areas in court, return service, and develop directions of service.

Gold Squad 

Competitive drills and match play are incorporated into the Gold Squad sessions, which include: tactical play, serve and volley, fitness work, singles and doubles match play, development of spin and slice.

Gold Plus Squad 

A selected class for children to develop their game and practise more complex technical and tactical work, with competition and match-play encouraged inside and outside lesson time.

Junior Match Play Class 

An invited class for children from the Gold and Gold Plus Squads where a small group have the opportunity to play singles and doubles matches.

Junior Club

A social, friendly competitive session specifically designed for teenagers to organise matches and practise their tennis skills in a fun environment.
Booking details

Booking details

The priority booking periods for children already on the tennis programme are listed below. Following this, any remaining places will be allocated to children on the waiting list.

Waiting List

Please complete the online Waiting List Enquiry Form to enrol your child in the Tennis Programme.

Tennis blocks

Term-time tennis is offered in four blocks, with the price varying depending on the number of weeks offered in a block.

BlockDatesNo. of WeeksBooking PeriodNotes
One 28 Aug to 7 October 2017 Six 17 July to 7 Aug  
Two 16 Oct to 16 Dec 2017 Eight 18 Sept to 1 Oct  No classes 20 to 27 Nov
Three 8 Jan to 30 March 2018 Twelve 20 Nov to 3 Dec Classes will run on Good Friday 30 March 
Four 16 April to 16 June 2018 Nine 12 March to 25 March  

Class progression

Children who are ready to progress to the next class will be informed by the class teacher.

Individual Tuition

Individual Tuition

Private coaching is available from a number of the coaching team. These one-to-one or one-to-two lessons are arranged directly with the coach.  For details of available coaches, please contact the Sports Participation Officer Jenny Tattersall by email to jennifer.tattersall@stir.ac.uk or call 01786 466905.

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