Mini-tennis runs alongside the school terms. You can find the current mini-tennis term information on the website. Go to Junior tennis.
If the details of the course are not on the website then it is not available to book. Generally, mini-tennis courses are available one month prior to booking. Check back regularly as places are limited.
No, you cannot provisionally book. Bookings are accepted online and with payment only.
If your child has not done mini-tennis with us before then you must complete the entire online form (The booking form checkout will remember your details for next time). We cannot accept bookings without an application form or payment. By completing the booking process online you agree to our Booking Terms and Conditions.
The courses vary in start/finish time. The earliest start time is 3.30pm. Please look at the Mini-Tennis page to see which time is relevant for your child. If you are unsure which group is suitable, you should contact Jason Liasides, Head Coach.
No. However, please do not be late to collect your child as the club does not have the staff or facility to look after unaccompanied children.
A child should wear leisure clothes i.e. a tracksuit.
Tennis shoes/Trainers should be worn. No black soled shoes please.
Your child does not need a racquet as we have spare ones at the club. However, if your child is playing on a regular basis it is advisable that they have their own racquet.
If your child is seemingly not enjoying the course, please talk to the coach who is taking their session. If you are still not happy, please call Jason Liasides, Head Coach.
Please check that your child is available for all the sessions of the mini-tennis term as we cannot offer refunds once the term has started. If there are exceptional circumstances as to why the course cannot be continued, please contact the head Coach.
There are no refunds for missed sessions.
All players must complete an online booking and pay prior to starting the course via Pay Pal online (You don’t have to be registered with PayPal to do this). We also accept cash and you can come into the club to pay prior to the term starting.
We will do our very best to put your child in the same group as their friends although we cannot guarantee it. Please talk to the coach and they will do their best to accommodate your child. Please bear in mind that the coaches put the children into groups of age and ability.
Fully qualified LTA/RPT coaches teach the session and helpers assist.
There are no set breaks but, of course, your child can stop for drinks or toilet breaks.
We have first aid qualified staff. We will contact the parent using the number provided when completing the online booking checkout.
You can change the day if the course you wish to change to is not full.
We will not always being able to offer a trial sessions however, please talk to the coach as they will be able to advise you if the course is suitable for your child.
In the car park by the club house.
3 years old. We offer Streetennis classes, which are aimed at children between the ages 3-5 years. Please see the Mini-Tennis page on this website.
Mini Tennis FAQ Course Content and Coaching
The demands of full size court, racket and Ball are very challenging for developing children who have yet to gain the required physical strength. By reducing court size and giving children the appropriate tools this will help skill acquisition, and speed learning. The scaled down version of the game will improve player’s technical ability, and understanding how to play the game.
Our courses will develop the fundamental skills required for preparing your child to learn tennis. Essential core skills, which need to be developed at a young age will be Co-ordination, Hand-eye/ ball skills, agility, balance and getting familiar with the racket. These will form a part of the session for all mini tennis players. This will be worked on at the same time than developing familiar swing patterns. Learning Tennis strokes is a progressive process, and before the players are able swing like the pros there will need to be a number of stages.
Ages serve as guidelines only, and we do recognise player’s ability in choosing sessions. If your child is progressing rapidly, we will look at appropriate sessions that would prove best for his/her development. Please understand also that children develop at vastly differing rates, so equally your child may need to spend more time developing skills in their appropriate age and skill group. Quite often late developers will prove to be better players!
Choosing the right size of racket is vital. If a 6 year old used an adult racket there would be great difficulty controlling shots, and using the correct technique.
Ages 4-6: 21 inch racket
Ages 7,8 and 9: 23 inch racket
Ages 10-11: 25 inch racket
This will however be dependent upon the size and growth of your child
This will greatly depend on how your child will respond to competition. Some children are competing regularly as young as 6, others will take time to get used to the pressures of competition. As Tennis is a game, there will be competitive aspects in all sessions which will give your child a chance to explore success and failure. We will always be very positive and progressive with introducing games to your child. You should always bear in mind that firstly did your child enjoy competing? Did they try their best? Would they do it again?
We as a team of coaches always emphasise with young children the importance of trying hard—win or lose. We also emphasise players developing their game first and foremost to results. We do host internal competitions so that young children can get used to higher levels of competition.
We are very happy to give you feedback on your child’s progress, so please don’t hesitate to ask.
Please note that players need to be invited to play in performance squads. All squad players must be junior members of Edward Alleyn Tennis Club to participate.
Mini Tennis FAQ Course Content and Coaching