Lessons last 30 minutes (pre-school) or 40 minutes (school age), are inside and outside and run in term-time only. Lessons include a warm up, ball skills, tennis activities and a fun game to finish. Classes are kept small (6 in each class with one coach) and age specific (3-4s, 4-5s, 5-7s). The children are constantly moving and engaged in a variety of activities, without long queues or waiting to hit balls.
The Programme is designed to engage children age 3-7 years old in a fun and structured way, helping them to develop fundamental ball skills, hand-eye coordination, agility, balance and ball tracking through a variety of fun games. All classes are coach-led, so parents don't get involved in the class. From experience, children respond better when they just have one person (the coach) to listen to and it allows me to develop relationships, build trust and make them into Little Aces!
Age groups: The 3-5s year old lessons will include lots of games that develop hand eye coordination, balance and agility, and we introduce ground strokes, volleys and serves. The 5-7 year old lessons will follow the LTA recommended Red Ball programme, extending the basics to develop strokes, begin rallies and introduce match play. They will then be ready to feed into the tennis coaching programme at Marlow Tennis Club.
The equipment is specially adapted equipment including small rackets, sponge balls, mini nets and balloons and big balls to make it as easy and fun as possible. All equipment is provided.