junior group coaching

For 3-17 year olds

Not yet involved in Junior tennis at Sutton Tennis & Squash Club?

The best thing to do is to BOOK A FREE TRIAL session. We’ll then let you know much more info.

Already in the programme?

Please see below for everything you need to know about your tennis lessons……..

About the lessons

For children aged 3-17

Our sessions are organised into age groups, so your child will play others of the same age, gain confidence, learn to work as part of a team and enjoy tennis in a fun environment.

All abilities and standards welcome

As well as age, we also organise our sessions by ability, so your child will be with others of a similar standard which will help their progression.

Flexible sessions

Each session is available multiple times a week so you can choose the best one that fits your schedule.

Equipment provided

We provide all the necessary equipment, so you can just show up and enjoy the session.

Quality coaches

Our coaches are LTA qualified and accredited, meaning they are DBS checked, first aid trained and have completed a specific safeguarding course. You can be sure your child will receive high quality coaching.

First session is FREE

Free and no obligation first session, so come along and try it out!

Price Plans / Direct Debit System

Here is a simple description of how the programme works, but you can click below for more details…….

How does it all work, what are the ‘package hours’ all about etc?

In September 2020, we switched from doing term courses to a monthly direct debit system. A big reason for this was to reduce the admin, for us and for you. Instead of signing up every term, you simply set up the direct debit once, and that’s it! You stay in the programme until you cancel.

But there are lots more benefits  – the main one is that your child really becomes part of something longer term. Instead of doing a ‘course’, they are part of a programme. Of course, not everyone will continue for ever, you can stop any time (with a month’s notice). We also get to know the children and their tennis much better because it is not so ‘stop and start’.

What are the ‘package hours’ all about?

Well….when we went with the direct debit system, we wanted to avoid the direct debit from stopping or pausing. All that would do is create more admin work again. But we did want the term-time lessons to stop in the school holidays as lots of people go away. So we took the price of a group lesson (£8.50) and multiplied it by 50, added on a small percentage for payment processing fees, divided it by 12 and that became the monthly payment of £37. There are some variations for non-members, sibling discounts and other things, but that’s pretty much how it works.

So you’re charged for 50 hours tennis per year. But the term time lessons are only for 40 weeks of the year. So that is where the ‘package hours’ come in. We decided to give you 10 hours which you could use at your discretion for tennis camps in the holidays. AND, just to make sure that you get more than you pay for, we added another 10 free hours.

So most children in the programme receive 20 hours of tennis camps over a year, which you just use at your discretion – half days are 3 hours, full days are 5 hours, tots sessions are 1-hour.

Although the explanation is complicated, in practice it makes your life easier. Very little action is needed after signing up.

How do I know how many package hours I have remaining / if I have any?

We keep track of this for you. So whenever you book a camp using your package hours, we make a note of it. You receive a new 20 hours after you have made 12 monthly payments. If you need to check your hours, email karl@stscsport.co.uk.

Does my direct debit stop in the school holidays?

Hopefully I’ve answered that one above. The answer is no, it keeps going, but you book some tennis camps here and there –  as per the beginning of this email – to get all the hours that you pay for.

How to book tennis camps if you are in the programme

There is a section on this further down the page. Please scroll down.

How to cancel

Of course we hope that the majority of people will continue their tennis lessons right through the year, but we also understand that this won’t always be the case. So if you do need to cancel your lessons, here is how that works.

We ask for one months notice. So this means that if you cancel in November, you would pay for December but then your payment would stop in January.

Simply email liam@stscsport.co.uk if you would like to cancel.

Price Plans

Tots

Ages 3-4 only
£ 35 Monthly
  • 1 session per week (term-time)
  • 40 weeks of term-time tennis
  • 10 hours for holiday camps!

Bronze

Members' price
£ 37 Monthly
  • 1 session per week (term-time)
  • 40 weeks of term-time tennis and 10 hours for holiday camps & events
  • Plus a bonus 10 hours for holiday camps & events!
Popular

Silver

Members' price
£ 64 Monthly
  • 2 sessions per week (term-time)
  • 40 weeks of term-time tennis and 20 hours for holiday camps & events
  • Plus a bonus 20 hours for holiday camps & events!

Gold

Members' price
£ 83 Monthly
  • 3 sessions per week (term-time)
  • 40 weeks of term-time tennis and 30 hours for holiday camps & events
  • Plus a bonus 30 hours for holiday camps & events!

Booking tennis camps if you are in the programme

We have a special page where you can book your tennis camps as part of your ‘package hours’. It is a really simple form and it is open for bookings earlier for you than for everyone else. You’ll find the camp dates for the whole year on there – and bookings are open as soon as one holiday of camps finishes for the next holiday. So, for example, as soon as Easter camps finish, you’ll find the bookings open for May half term.

So you can book as early as you like for an upcoming camp and there should be no danger of not getting a place. 

Q. What if I would like to book tennis camps early using the page above but don't have any package hours remaining?

Please go ahead. As you are in the programme you can still benefit from the early booking. We are able to charge you through your direct debit.

Using our app to inform us of absences and booking make-up classes

Our app gives you a simple way to inform us that your child will be absent and to book make-up classes. See further down for a video showing you how to use the app, but here is an overview of how it works:

Download the app

  1. Click below to download the app on the App Store or Google Play.

2. You’ll be asked for a code, which is:

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3. Click ‘Register a new account’ and enter your details. Ideally this should be the email address that we already use for you as this will link to the details we already have for you.

You should be good to go, but see video for more details.

Demo video about using the app

Click below to see a step-by-step video about downloading, registering and using the app.

Types of lessons

TOTS TENNIS (3-4 YEARS)

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Learn the basics and love the game!

This phase, for the really little ones, is a fun and easy way to start tennis. We use balloons, bean bags, hoops, soft balls – all kinds of fun stuff, but your child will also hit their first tennis balls. In fact, we guarantee that your child will be hitting balls over the net in their very first session!

17 – 19 inch tennis rackets are recommended for this age –  but don’t worry if your child hasn’t got one, we can provide all the equipment!

BLUE TENNIS (5-6 YEARS)

Introducing… tennis!

This is an introduction to tennis and a perfect follow on from our tots sessions.  Here, we’ll help kids improve their balance, agility, co-ordination and receiving skills while teaching them about the sport we love.  At this stage it’s not about winning or losing, it’s just getting to grips with the basics.

Blue tennis takes place on a much smaller tennis court, using mini tennis nets, shortened tennis rackets (21 inches), and we use all kinds of size balls! 

21 inch tennis rackets are recommended for this age –  but don’t worry if your child hasn’t got one, we can provide all the equipment!

RED TENNIS (6-8 YEARS)

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Serve, rally and score!

This phase, for children aged approximately 6-8 years old, consists of learning how to serve, rally and score as well as including lots of movement, co-ordination, speed, balance and agility games – but of course having fun a the same time!

Red tennis takes place on a much smaller tennis court, using mini tennis nets, shortened tennis rackets (21 – 23 inches) and a bigger and slower ball.

Players are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams or individually, with short matches using tie-break scoring.

Our red ball sessions are organised by level of ability so that your child will play others of the same standard, which will help them progress quicker. 

 

ORANGE TENNIS (8-9 YEARS)

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Develop your game!

This phase, for children aged approximately 8-9 years old, is the perfect progression from mini red tennis.  Players continue to learn the game as well as learning a range of techniques and tactics. Sessions also include lots of movement, co-ordination, speed, balance and agility based games – and of course having fun a the same time!

Orange tennis takes place on a three-quarter length court with an orange ball (a bit softer than normal tennis balls) and shortened tennis rackets (25 inches).

Team and individual competitions are encouraged at this stage, using tie-break scoring.

Our sessions are organised by level of ability so that your child will play others of the same standard, which will help them progress quicker. 

 

GREEN TENNIS (10-11 YEARS)

Put your skills to the test!

This phase, for children aged approximately 10-11 years old, is the perfect way for children to progress to full court tennis, and makes it far easier for them to develop their skills, build confidence and advance with their tennis.

Sessions take place on a full size court, using green tennis balls which are slightly softer than normal tennis balls, and shortened tennis rackets (26 inch) 

Children will continue to learn all the shots, techniques and tactics, and will also be introduced to strength and conditioning (S&C) exercises that will help their physical development.

Our sessions are organised by level of ability so that your child will play others of the same standard, which will help them progress quicker. 

JUNIOR TENNIS (12-17 YEARS)

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Fun, social, competitive!

Our junior tennis sessions are for children aged between 12-17 years old.  These sessions are played on full size courts with normal tennis balls.  Within the sessions, players learn and play all aspects of tennis including singles, doubles, a range of techniques and tactics, matchplays as well as a range of games.

Strength and conditioning exercises are continued and progressed to help aid physical development.

Players are encouraged to play both fun and more serious competitions, using normal, fast 4 and tie-break scoring.

Our sessions are organised by level of ability so that your child will play others of the same standard, which will help them progress quicker. 

JUNIOR CARDIO TENNIS (13-17 YEARS)

Fun, fitness, tennis & music! 

Cardio tennis is a fun, social group fitness session full of tennis, drills, games and movements all to music! 

You can expect to hit loads of tennis balls, improve your skills, make friends and get a great workout.

The session is suitable for ALL levels of players.  Rackets can be provided. 

Cardio tennis is another brilliant way for juniors to get very active, play tennis have fun and make friends. 

Wednesdays | 6pm – 7pm

PRIVATE TENNIS LESSONS (ALL AGES)

Specific, individualised coaching 

If you would prefer coaching on a one-to-one basis, then private tennis lessons are for you. 

In a private lesson, the coach will focus all of their knowledge and experience on the individual, helping them improve every aspect of their game. 

Players of all abilities are welcome to private lessons, from new starters to competitive team players. 

Term Time Schedule

Term Dates

FAQ's

We're pleased to be able to offer you:

  • 40 weeks (approx.) of term time tennis lessons, all 1 hour long and running after school and on weekends.
  • Access to all of our tennis camps, running throughout the half terms, easter and summer holidays.  We offer half days, full days or 1-hour sessions for tots.
  • Access to competitions that we run throughout the year. These run in the holidays and on weekends.
  • Access to our events we run throughout the year, including our family cups and team challenges.  These  run occasionally throughout the year in the holidays and on weekends.

The junior programme runs during term time, for 40 weeks of the year.  

Previously we only ran term time tennis sessions for roughly 30 weeks of the year, now we have increased the amount of tennis we're offering per year! 

Basically, when your child is at school, tennis will be on! 

Half terms, Easter and Summer holidays we run holiday tennis camps.  We are closed over the Christmas holiday period 

Yes.  We have already worked in the discounts for the different price packages.  We are still offering 25% discount off the 2nd session and 50% discount off 3 sessions.

Yes. There is a section above about using our app. It has a 'make up' session section.  If you know your child is going to be away for any reason e.g. holidays, sickness and/or injuries, then it is your responsibility to notify us on the app.  Doing this credits your account and allows you to make up the sessions on another day.  You'll have six months from the day of cancellation to make up the sessions.  N.B. If you don't notify us then you will not be able to make up the session.

Ideally try to use the app to book other term-time sessions to make up term-time sessions. Tennis camps are best used for your package hours or paid for separately. However, there is some flexibility - so if you have missed lots of sessions and struggling to make them up, contact us and we'll be happy for you to book a camp or two. We want you to get more than you pay for, so always happy to find a way.

There is a section on this further up the page. Please scroll up to view.

Yes, and there are two answers here really...

  1. If you are part of the programme, but you don't have camp hours included or have run out - you can still benefit from early booking by going to www.stscsport.co.uk/tcp. This is the dedicated page for people in the programme. You won't be able to pay, but that's fine as we can take payment through your direct debit.
  2. If you are not part of the regular programme - you can book tennis camps at our tennis camp page HERE. The only difference is that bookings don't open until one month before the camp.

We understand that some people might not want to include the holiday camps within their price plan, that's why we have not included any form of contract or commitment.  You're able to cancel your direct debit at any time, and rejoin (providing there are spaces!).  We only have a 1-month cancellation policy.

It is also worth knowing that we previously ran tennis for approximately 30 weeks of the year previously, now we run tennis sessions for 40 weeks of the year.  Sessions have remained at £8.50 per session (and tots sessions are now lower) for members and £10 per session for non-members.

Our aim is to provide tennis throughout the year, with a range of sessions, events, holiday camps and competitions available for your children. 

 

 

We will try to go ahead in most weather conditions and we ask that children are suitably dressed for the weather. At certain times for certain sessions, we can go inside and use the squash courts or clubhouse. 

However, we may ocassionally need to cancel. We will usually do this by text message and email. You can assume no news is good news, so if you don't hear from us, the session is probably on.

If we cancel a session we will credit your account where you'll be able to make up the session during term time and/or during holiday camps. 

Yes.  There is no contract involved, you can cancel at any time and there is a one month cancellation policy.  Meaning, you will be charged for the following month from the date you cancel.

You would be welcome to rejoin, providing there is a space available.

Please contact Head of Junior Coaching, Liam, with any questions on Liam@stscsport.co.uk

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