Tennis coaching for children

We offer a total tennis coaching programme for children that includes training and tournament scheduling in a friendly and professional environment. Our coaching programme caters for juniors aged 4-18 years old.

The coaching programme is progressive, using different size courts and tennis balls according to age and ability. Juniors move through our coaching programme on the recommendation of their squad coach.

The coaching programme takes place throughout the year for a minimum of 36 weeks. Floodlit courts are used in the winter months. SLTCC also provide match-play opportunities and holiday camps for juniors.

Programme stages

Mini-Tennis Red
Juniors aged 4-7 years old will be coached in movement patterns, racquet swing shapes, balance, and speed work in a fun, games-based environment. Mini-tennis courts are used with low compression tennis balls.

Tennis Orange
Children are typically 8 years old when they advance to a shortened tennis court using low compression balls. The focus of coaching includes developing co-ordination, movement, serving, returning, and how to score points.

Tennis Green
Juniors move to a full-size court at 9 years old with slightly low compression balls. They develop complex co-ordination, speed, strength, flexibility, core stability, and basic strokes with efficient racquet head speed. They play in match situations for singles and doubles, learning how to cope with winning and losing, and understanding ability and effort.

Coaching for older juniors
From around 10-11 years old we coach children to develop power and use of spin, play offensively and defensively, and learn to use matchplay routines. Standard yellow balls are used.

Coaching times
Junior tennis coaching takes place every weekday from 16:00 – 19:00 and 08:00 – 12:00 on Saturdays. Please refer to the coaching schedule.

Joining the junior coaching programme
The first tennis lesson is free.  If you decide to continue with the course, you need to complete a coaching registration form. A one hour session costs £6.50 for members and £7.50 for non-members.

Payment is termly in advance to guarantee your place for the next term. If we do not receive payment the place may not be held.

Please make a coaching enquiry for more information about joining the programme and to arrange a free lesson.

Individual coaching
Our qualified coaches offer tailored individual tennis coaching for juniors at days and times to suit you. Contact one of our coaches for more information and to book a lesson:

  • Toby Yates – Head Coach, level 3 (, 07545 333 535)
  • Toussaint Samuel – Senior Coach, Level 3 (, 07432 862 350)

Individual coaching is available to members and non-members.  The cost of a lesson is £25/30 per hour.

Fun Friday Tennis
Fun Friday tennis is run by licensed, qualified coaches and provides fun, tennis-based activities and tuition every week during term-time. We run Fun Friday sessions for ages 4-7, 8-11, and 12+ years old. A confectionary treat is included and parents/carers are welcome to have a chat over a drink/snack in the bar.

Tots tennis
Tots Tennis is for pre-school children aged 3 and 4 years old. Sessions are aimed at fostering a love of the game in a safe, nurturing environment with the focus on a variety of fun activities. Simple exercises will develop balance, co-ordination, agility, movement, and racket and ball skills. Tots Tennis can be paid for per session or you can save money by booking 6 classes in advance.

Holiday tennis camps 
SLTCC provide holiday camps for juniors during half-term, Easter and Summer holidays. You can contact us for more information about tennis camps at