Riverside offers junior coaching for people between the ages of 4-18. We are passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to play tennis.
Our courses are starting again on Monday 14 September - all groups will be restricted to a maximum of 6 players so that we can safely maintain social distancing for our pupils and coaches. This will also mean that each person gets excellent individual attention.
All coaching will be carried out in accordance with the LTA's Coronavirus Guidlines which you can check out here. As the safety of our players and coaches is our top priority, we will also be following these procedures:
1. Players must wait outside the courts until the coach is ready to admit them; parents must wait until their child has been admitted before leaving the premises.
2. Players will all be asked to hand sanitise and confirm that they are healthy, i.e.
a. do not have a new, persistent cough
b. have not lost sense of taste and/or smell
c. do not have a temperature.
3. Coaches will encourage social distancing throughout the lesson and will ensure drills enable this to take place.
4. Players will hand sanitise when leaving the courts and must not socialise with the next group.
Please note that the Club House remains closed apart from one toilet which should only be used if really necessary and then cleaned afterwards.
Mini Tennis was invented in order to help juniors develop good technique. At each stage the game is tailored to fit different age groups with different sized courts and balls. This will allow your child to develop in an environment where they are surrounded by players of a similar ability as well as being able to make new friends who are of similar age.
This stage is designed to finesse fine motor skills such as agility, balance and coordination. At this stage it is not about the winning or losing but just getting to grips with the basics!
These lessons will be full of energy and fun!
Red ball is the first stage of mini tennis. The ball is 25% bigger than a standard ball and has 50% of the pressure so it is easier to hit. The court is small with a mini net. The main goal at this stage is to develop agility, balance and co-ordination, whilst also developing technique, a basic knowledge of tactics and having fun!
Orange ball is the second stage of mini tennis. The ball is regular sized but still 50% of the pressure of a normal ball. The court is now bigger at 3/4 of the size of a full court. In these sessions players will focus on technique and movement to help adjust to the bigger court.
AGES 9 - 11
Green ball is the final stage of mini tennis. Players now play on a full court with a slightly less pressurised ball. Players will continue to enhance their technique in order to deal with the bigger court and higher bouncing balls.
Anyone over 10 will use yellow balls. Played on the full court with regular balls. In yellow ball the demands for each player start to vary more, therefore choosing the right course is important. Our descriptions of the courses will give you an indication of what they have to offer but if you are unsure give us a ring and we will be happy to help!
BLUE ball (Ages 4-6)
Jamie's Mini Blue
Ages 4 - 6 years
Wednesday 4 - 4.45pm
11 week course with an emphasis on developing basic skills such as balance, agility and coordination. Lots of energy and great fun!
Lessons will start on Wednesday 16 September and will be from 4 - 4.45pm and will cost £45.