Junior Groups – More Info.

Our popular junior coaching programme follows a set of carefully tailored lessons in either our Group Coaching Programme, or our Performance Pathway. We follow the school year and split each term into 2 blocks of 6 or 7 weeks. Please try for free, before signing up - Click here to enquire.

Features of Junior Group Coaching Programme (Weekly 1-hour group lessons):

  • Small groups ensuring individual coaching instruction
  • Fun, energetic sessions where your child will learn to enjoy exercise, hit 1000s of balls to develop technique, whilst forging new friendships
  • Termly Coaching Curriculum outlining weekly coaching themes
  • Regular feedback to keep track of how your children are developing
  • Weekly coaching emails highlighting theme of the week, club news, events, coaching tips and lots more…
  • Experienced LTA qualified coaches devoted to fulfilling all your coaching requirements
  • Early bird discount before every coaching block
  • Free Reigate Priory LTC tennis bag

Performance Pathway (Weekly 1-hour 30 mins lessons), as above, plus:

  • 30 minutes extra per session specifically on match practice tactics for singles and doubles
  • Additional weekly match practice session for all age groups to practice singles and doubles with coach interaction throughout
  • Participation in our junior teams in the Surrey National summer and winter leagues
  • Competition scheduling and organised practice sessions
  • 10% discount on racket restringing

Payment

A new early bird payment is available for 2 weeks before each block begins. Kids must be booked and payment made through this website to take advantage.

Cancelled Lessons

We will try and run all tennis lessons unless it is too wet to play (Russell will communicate this by email an hour before the lesson is due to begin). There will be no cash refunds for missed or cancelled lessons. Lessons can be made up by attending other weekly lessons of a similar ability, or in exchange during holiday social and team practice sessions or camps. Contact Russell to arrange.


For more guidance on the different junior groups we offer please read below:

MINI TENNIS

At Reigate Priory LTC we are committed to offering tennis to all ages and standards. For this reason, we are keen advocates of the LTA approved Mini Tennis programme which offers tennis to children in the form of 3 different colours:

Tiny Tots (Mini Tennis Red)                                       3 - 6 year olds

Tiny Tots is designed to introduce our youngest members to tennis in a way that is both enjoyable and full of fun to ensure all the children have a good first experience at tennis. Using red balls and small racquets, lessons focus on ball skills and simple hitting and moving exercises to enable them to progress to Mini Tennis Red.

Mini Tennis Red                                                        6 – 8 year olds

Mini Tennis Red is played on a scaled down court with large, soft tennis balls and small racquets that are more appropriate to the child's size, strength and ability. Players will learn the basic techniques and tactics whilst developing the mental and competitive skills to help them progress their tennis. There is also a lot of emphasis on coordination (general and hand-eye) and movement which are essential if they are to improve their tennis.

Mini Tennis Orange                                                 8 – 9 year olds

Mini-Tennis Orange is played on a 3/4 sized court with mini-orange balls. Players will improve on their basic technique and develop their tactical awareness. Their mental and competitive skills will be continually improving alongside this.

Mini Tennis Green                                                     9 – 10 year olds 

Mini Tennis Green is played on a full-sized court with slightly softer green tennis balls. Having developed a sound technique, there will be further work on this, but also a lot of emphasis on tactics and competition.

After Mini Tennis Green children are then introduced into full court tennis that is played using pressured balls and full-size racquets. At this point everything learnt from mini tennis will enable a smooth transition that means they can play the game and enjoy everything the sport has to offer.

Throughout the year we offer the following coaching activity to ensure all juniors get the most out of their membership:

Group Coaching

All children start initially in these 45/ 60-minute sessions which follow the correct mini tennis or full ball tennis guidelines, as outlined above. Groups are kept to no more than 6 children to 1 coach to ensure an excellent staff to child ratio. There is a high emphasis on fun and enjoyment and the coaches are committed to ensuring your children get the most out of these sessions.

Performance Pathway

As our juniors make progress and they move through the group coaching system we offer a channel for those who are looking to be pushed further and take their game to the next level.

The performance groups are held throughout the week for 1 hour 30 minutes at a time which enables more time to focus on greater matchplay and more enhanced technical analysis. Juniors showing a strong commitment and ability are encouraged to take part and everybody is encouraged to compete in the club and local match plays.

Team Training

Every Friday, we have a team training session at 17:15-18:15, where our team of coaches will ensure players can practice a controlled game of tennis under the guidance of the coaching team. We actively support our junior teams, with plenty of opportunity for everyone to play.

Private Lessons

There is no greater way to learn the skills necessary to play tennis then with a private lesson with one of the popular coaches at the club. Lessons are for any duration and tailored to focus on specific requirements.

Mini Tennis Tournaments/ Matchplays

We are committed to introducing players to competition in a friendly environment where they learn the rules of the game, how to score, to win and lose and how to compete. This year the club will run a series of matchplay tournaments at the three levels (red, orange and green) as well as the popular junior closed tournament that is open to all members of the club. Please see the notice board for more details.

Social Tournaments and Matchplays

Throughout the year we run a whole host of activity to encourage play at all levels. Take part in our parent and child events which run every half term, encouraging parents and siblings to join in too, or enjoy one of our popular tennis festivals. As the only grass court club in the area our Wimbledon festival in July is the highlight of the junior calendar.

Look out for our starter tournaments too to introduce everyone into the sport in a positive and encouraging manner and at a level that suits them.