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Junior Tennis

Sessions Explained

Tots Tennis 3yrs

Tiny Tots Tennis is aimed at 3-4yrs and enables the children to learn the basics in a group enviroment. We let them enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on fundamentals – balance, co-ordination, agilitity, movement and racket skills. Tots use low compression balls and play with small 19 inch rackets. Rackets are provided and smoothies and snacks are sold after.

Mini Tennis Red 4-6yrs & 6-8yrs

Gidea Parks Mini Tennis Red coaching sessions are for players aged 4-6yrs and 6-8yrs. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots. These sessions are jam packed full of fun games and drills tailored to their age group. The session content focuses on players co-ordination, movement and hitting skills.
  • What age is Mini Tennis Red aimed at? Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 & under.
  • What ball is used? A foam or felt ball is used which is 75% slower than a yellow ball.
  • What size court is red ball played on? A court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m or 12m x 6m.
  • What racket is best to use? A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17″ – 23″) is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player.
  • What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Red? Players are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams and as individuals, with short matches using tie-break scoring.

Mini Tennis Orange 8-9yrs

Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage, but still smaller than full-size tennis courts, allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics. 

It is the next stage before playing on a full sized court and helps players develop different shots and tactics.

  • What age is Mini Tennis Orange aimed at?
    Mini Tennis Orange is for players aged 8 and 9.
  • What ball is used?
    An orange ball is used which is 50% slower than a yellow ball, giving players better control at this important stage of development.
  • What size court is Mini Tennis Orange played on?
    Mini Tennis Orange is played on a 18m x 6.5m court.
  • What racket is best to use?
    A racket of 58cm – 63 cm (23″ – 25″) should be used depending on the size and strength of the player.
  • What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Orange?
    At Mini Tennis Orange there are team and individual competitions with matches using tie-break scoring – usually the best of three tie-breaks.

Mini Tennis Green 9-10yrs

Mini Tennis Green is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Orange. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls.

It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players develop and improve all aspects of their game.

  • What age is Mini Tennis Green aimed at?
    Mini Tennis Green is for players aged 9 & 10.
  • What ball is used?
    A green ball is used, which is 25% slower than a yellow ball.
  • What size court is Mini Tennis Green played on?
    Mini Tennis Green is played on a normal size court.
  • What racket is best to use?
    A bigger racket of 63cm – 66cm (25″ – 26″) should be used but not compulsory.
  • What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Green?
    At Mini Tennis Green there are individual and team competitions, with scoring extended to short sets.

Teenage Tennis – Intermediate (2) Beginner (3) Groups 11yrs – 16yrs +

These are players new to tennis / have only played a few times before or an improver who is improving technical and coordination skills, whilst getting to know the rules.

Teenage Tennis – Advanced (1) Intermediate (2) Groups 11yrs – 16yrs +

These are players who know the rules and are consistent with their ground strokes or those who have good technical ability and are regularly playing tournaments.

Senior Privileges 15yrs +

Depending on a few factors such as tennis standard, being a tennis leader and marturity. The Head Coach and the committee will discuss and confirm each potential candidate. A senior privilege player will be able to attend adult Friday Social evening / Tuesday League / Adult sessions / Team matches and the adult Club championships.

Invitational Sessions

Gidea Park are proud to have so many fantastic junior players who train 2/3 times per week in our invitational sessions. We offer sessions to all age groups, starting at 8yrs and under all the way to u18. These sessions are designed to be performance focused, allowing each player to develop their tactical game. To be invited to these sessions, each player must be having individual lessons, competing in tournaments and be the right standard for the group. The coaching team will help make these decisions.

Junior Club Night

Junior club night runs every Friday 6-7pm from April – September. Organised by the coaching team, friendly doubles and games from ages 10yrs+

Junior Club Championships

Gidea Park runs the Junior Club Championships over June -August.

We encourge all our juniors members of all abilities to compete in their age group. Age groups are 8&under mixed, 9&under mixed, 10&under mixed, 12&under boys and girls, 14&under boys and girls, 18&under boys and girls. The coaches run each event while supporting players new this environment.

The players who qualify to the final, will play this on the adult and junior club finals day in September.

Representing Gidea Park LTC Junior Teams 

Gidea Park are proud to have so many juniors represent the club in all ages. We run teams for 8 and under, 9 and under, 10 and under, u12, u14 and u18. We are involved in the National Club league Essex division and Chelmsford District league. The coaching team is always encourging our junior members to represent the club and enjoy competeing. Historically, Gidea Park juniors have won many titles in all age groups and i’m sure this will continue.

U10 Team Aegon 2018/19- Left Thulasi, Esme, Nathan, George. Right – Casey, Luke , Arunesh and Ben

Tennis For Kids LTA Scheme

LTA Youth Tennis for Kids is an LTA scheme designed to encourage junior non members to access the club, maybe try the sport for the 1st time and enjoy a 6 session tennis course for only £25.00 plus £4.99 p&p. You will receive a free racket, tennis top with your name on it and tennis balls within this cost.

Gidea Park has been running this scheme for the past 3 years, with many children falling in love with the sport and continue to play regularly in the club programme.

https://www.lta.org.uk/play-compete/lta-youth/tennis-for-kids/

Kids Holiday Tennis Camps – ages 4-13yrs

Gidea Parks Holiday Kids Camps are jam packed full of fun games, tennis drills and co – ordination exercises for all abilities.

For ages  4-13yrs, the camp is divided into ages and abilities. The coaches and team of leaders make sure whatever the weather, its a safe environment whilst full of fun.

All camps are run through the school holidays (sometimes with a theme involved) and run from 10.15am – 1.15pm.

All equipment supplied and recommend children turn up with a snack box and drink.

Members cost £15 Non members cost £18

 

Performance Holiday Camps 10yrs – 16yrs 

The head pro runs performance camps for 10yrs – 16yrs (standards separated) These camps are for players not afraid of hard work and regularly compete in tournaments. They run most school holidays.

LTA Grade 6 Tournaments held at Gidea Park LTC

We run LTA Grade 6 Tournaments most school holidays. We run tournaments for u8’s, u9’s, u10’s and u12’s. For so many years they have been popular with our junior members and attracted many players outside the county to compete.

Parent and Child events – Quorn Family Cup

The Quorn Family Cup is a fantastic event allowing the parent to get involved with their child. Played on mini red courts, players under 10yrs and their parent challenge other parings. This is for all abilities and is divided in standards. 

As its a very popular event we will be running 2 events this year. U10yrs and parent (mini court) and u16yrs and parent (full size court)

Teenage Rouge Tennis and Pizza Tournaments

Our teenage rouge tennis and pizza tournaments are a great way for your teenagers to hang out, play the fun game rouge (which all of them should know) and finish off with some pizza. We run them every 6/8 weeks on a Saturday afternoon.

Christmas Junior Presentation and Party

Christmas Junior Presentation and Party runs on a Saturday during December. This is a very popular event for children and parents. We run many different party games inside the club house and on the outside tennis court (beat santa). The evening is full of prizes and entertainment. 

This is a great opportunity for the coaching team to thank all parents, helpers, junior club secretary, tuck shop workers, junior team capatins, leaders and all the juniors. The players who represented the club team or got to the final in the club championships will be awarded prizes or trophies.

Last year we were lucky enough to have the famous Gidea Park Snow White Panto (performed by many adult club members) in the club house where the children and especially the parents thoroughly enjoyed. 

Junior presentation 2019

 

Local School links 

We are proud to support our local Primary and Secondary Schools. We are currently delivering tennis in 4 schools from year 1 to year 6 and 1 secondary school before school, during lunchtime or after school.

Schools we are linked to – Gidea Park Primary School, Gidea Park College, Ardleigh Green School Infant and Junior, Drapers Pyrgo Priory School, Frances Bardsley Academy.

Girl Set and Match

Girl Set Match is an LTA event run once a year. This is where Gidea Parks teenage girls and ladies come together and enjoy 2 hrs of action packed tennis run by the head pro.

Tennis leaders

Our tennis leaders play a very important role, they help support the coach, teach and encourage the children. All tennis leaders have qualified through a LTA leaders course run by the head pro. 

If you are interested in being a tennis leader, you must be 13yrs or older and be playing in Gidea Parks tennis sessions. The head pro runs these courses a couple of times a year.

Saturday’s Cafe / Tuck shop

Our Saturday cafe/tuck shop is very popular with the kids and parents. It provides hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. Carolyn, Sally and Elanie share the running of the cafe and this is also a good time to talk to Carolyn about any further questions on your childs tennis squads and fees.

Frequently asked questions for signing your child up to the junior sessions?

How do I sign up?  Contact Carolyn Club Jnr secretary on 07908887300 or email gpltc.juniors@gmail.com

How much do I need to pay? Gidea Park sessions usually run in 11 week blocks (£55) all year round. If you would like to book onto a block of sessions, please contact Carolyn and you will be informed the amount sessions you have left in the block. Each session is £5 and must be paid in blocks. OR you can either pay £20 cash or cheque for a two week try out and then pay the difference if you would like to continue. 
What happens when it is bad weather? We run sessions in most weather conditions, however, in heavy rain or snow or court flooding Carolyn will contact you via whats app and will be credited on the next block of lessons. 
Does my child have to be a member? Yes, every child who attends a squad session or individual lesson must join as a member. This entitles you to play on the courts all year round, represent the club, be on the mailing lists, cheaper kids camps and other membership perks. Membership runs April through to the following March and reduces each month. 8yrs and under starts at £40 for the year. All membership rates are on the membership column. 
Can my child receive individual coaching? Yes they can, we have 6 coaches at the club that can offer individual coaching. You can contact them to see their avaliability using the Coaches section. All junior members must be involved in Gidea park group to be able to have individual lessons. 

Do I need a racket? If you have one, bring along and we will check the size is right for your child. If you don’t have a racket, we have a rackets for you.

What does my child wear? Trainers and clothes your child can be active in. We play all year round through all weather conditions, so please dress accordingly.
Does my child need to have played before? No, we coach players from just starting all the way through.