Junior Coaching at Ripon Tennis Centre
We offer various junior coaching groups for ages 5 and upwards. Groups take place on a weekend or on an evening after school. To discuss which group is appropriate for your child please contact our head coach David Drake on 07967 648 006. The Junior programme provides coaching for approximately 240 players each week, with the centre having achieved both mini tennis accreditation and Performance status from the LTA; this being an acknowledgement of the high standards of coaching at the centre. Players move through the LTA mini tennis structure which gradually takes players through a colour coded system that increases the court size and rackets as the players get bigger and more adept at the game. Once children are at a certain level they move onto the ‘full game of tennis’ playing on a full size court and with standard tennis balls.
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. 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.
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.
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.
TENNIS FOR KIDS
The Lawn Tennis Association has introduced a scheme called "Tennis for Kids" to encourage new players to take up the sport. The programme costs £25.00 and you receive 6 weeks coaching, a free racket, free tennis balls and a free tshirt. "Tennis for kids' courses take place periodically throughout the year, please click on the link below for further information.
We are currently running mini tennis tournaments every Sunday for those who are in the Ripon Tennis Centre coaching programme. The tournaments are an ideal opportunity to put your learning into practice. Ripon also has its own mini tennis and full tennis teams giving the youngsters a chance to test their newly acquired skills against other children from local clubs.