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JUNIOR TENNIS

Tennis is a fantastic sport, which can be played and enjoyed for a lifetime. The physical and psychological benefits for children, particularly those who start playing at an early age, are immense; and once conquered, they can take this multi-faceted skill wherever they go. That’s why our junior tennis programme recognises the importance of introducing tennis in the early years and focuses on nurturing children appropriately as they grow.

Overall, tennis is a reasonably simple sport and taught well, it requires just a little concentration and a good learning environment. It’s also an individual and competitive sport so by playing, children will naturally learn the values of sportsmanship including discipline, competitive spirit, self-respect, fairness, respect for others, diligence and commitment.

At Galway Lawn Tennis Club we believe that lessons in life can be learned through sport!

There is no doubt that children love to play tennis and are naturally competitive. We have worked hard to ensure our junior tennis programme reflects this and will make sure that all kids on the programme are presented with the correct ways to grow physically and mentally.

We now offer Junior Tennis Camps, so players can keep improving throughout the school holidays. We have both Development and Tournament camps. The aim is for kids to improve their skills, make friends and enjoy playing tennis. Tournament camps are aimed more at kids that participate in tennis competitions around Ireland.

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12 week Junior Tennis Development Coaching:

Mini Tennis RED

5 years to 7 years

12 weeks

Mini Tennis Red is played on a smaller court. At this early stage, children are encouraged to develop simple tactics and technique, with focus on getting the basics right. The classes include co-ordination work, coaching and an introduction to competition.

DayTime
Monday15:00 – 16:00
Wednesday15:00 – 16:00
Friday15:00 – 16:00
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Mini Tennis ORANGE

8 years to 9 years

12 weeks

Mini Tennis Orange is played on an 18m × 6.5m court using a slower orange ball. The slower ball, shorter and narrower court and lower net help children to develop an all-court offensive game, using more advanced tactics and technique. Competition includes slightly longer matches, which will follow singles, doubles and team formats.

DayTime
Monday16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday16:00 – 17:00
Friday16:00 – 17:00
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Mini Tennis GREEN

9 years to 10 years

12 weeks

At this stage, children will be bigger and stronger and able to cover a bigger court using a green ball. We emphasise continued technical and tactical development using increased power and spin, as well as specific athletic skills. Competition is both individual and team-based.

DayTime
Monday16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday16:00 – 17:00
Friday16:00 – 17:00
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Junior Tennis YELLOW

11 years to 13 years

12 weeks

Junior Tennis caters for serious or social players. The whole court game is now being developed tactically and technically, using a normal ball. Competition is both individual and team-based. Special squads for better junior players are available at this level.

DayTime
Monday17:00 – 18:00
Wednesday17:00 – 18:00
Friday17:00 – 18:00
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Teenage Tennis

13 years to 16 years

12 weeks

Junior Tennis caters for serious or social players. The whole court game is now being developed tactically and technically, using a normal ball. Competition is both individual and team-based. Special squads for better junior players are available at this level.

DayTime
Wednesday18:00 – 19:00
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Junior Community Tennis Programme

Price Including Tennis Coaching and Social Tennis Sessions.

Age GroupDayTime
5 years to 7 yearsSaturday12:00 – 13:00
5 years to 7 yearsSaturday13:00 – 14:00
8 years to 11 yearsSaturday14:00 – 16:00
12 years to 16 yearsSaturday16:00 – 18:00
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The following outlines plans for the Galway Lawn Tennis Club weekly Tennis Academy training programme.

Our Mission

To reach out and identify children with natural ability, desire, determination and the dream to become high achieving regional and national players to the sport. We will provide an improved pathway for player development based on a structured training and competitive opportunities.

Our Vision

Galway Lawn Tennis Club believes that the pursuit of success in sports can be a metaphor for life. The qualities that determines a true Champions: discipline, determination and commitment to excellence – translate into success in all aspects of a young person’s life. We know that when young players commit to mastering the game of tennis; working on their weaknesses and overcoming adversity – they will become winners, on and off the court.

Tennis has become one of the most demanding sports in the world. To be successful, a player must combine athletic ability, racquet skills and an aptitude for tactical problem solving. Therefore Galway Lawn Tennis Club will provide structured training for players who are committed to reaching their full potential.

What is The Galway Lawn Tennis Academy?

Galway Lawn Tennis Academy Junior Tennis Coaching

The Academy is the next step up from the development programme. The Academy trains athletes that aim to play tennis competitively. We use hand feeding to isolate areas the player needs to improve on. Racquet feeding simulates match-like variables of spin, pace, height, depth and shot selection. Live ball with other players and the coach helps the junior learn simple controls, point situations and simulated point or matchplay which all lead to problem solving in matches.

To go along with our world class on court structure, we provide a tournament ready fitness schedule that improves agility, balance, coordination, speed, cardiovascular, strength and flexibility.

Mental Skills Training will play a vital role too. It is an integrated part of our training system and takes a pro-active, strengthening approach.

Who is it for and What are the Requirements?

The Galway Lawn Tennis Club Junior Tennis Academy is by invitation only. Coaches make recommendations of potential performance players. Those players are then invited for a trial in one of our sessions. The Junior Tennis Academy  are striving to provide a high level of service to players who are training to a performance level and are committed to improving.

This is what we expect from players:

  • Undertake technical one‐to‐one lessons weekly.
  • Arrive punctually for training squads, with appropriate clothing (not football trainers) etc with racket & drink.
  • Comprehensive warm‐up before every lesson.
  • Step on‐court, for every lesson, with the mindset to improve.
  • Listen and respect players and coaches.
  • Compete termly in Tennis Ireland competitions (minimum).
At our Tennis Academy we understand children and parents are looking for a fun, social and competitive environment.

With this in mind we have developed a 4 strand tennis pathway.

Galway Lawn Tennis Club Junior Tennis Development

Each child goes through the 5 stages/colours depending on age. With each colour, the ball gets faster and the court and rackets bigger.

They will learn the fundamental tactics, positioning & scoring in a fun and social environment. Group size varies from 8-10. Train: 1 hour per week

BLUE Stars

DayTime
Monday15:00 – 16:00
Wednesday15:00 – 16:00
Friday15:00 – 16:00
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RED Stripes

5 years to 8 years Played on a smaller court. At this early stage, children are encouraged to develop simple tactics and technique, with focus on getting the basics right. The classes include co-ordination work, coaching and an introduction to competition.

DayTime
Monday15:00 – 16:00
Wednesday15:00 – 16:00
Friday15:00 – 16:00
Book Now

ORANGE Aces

9 years to 10 years Played on an 18m × 6.5m court using a slower orange ball. The slower ball, shorter and narrower court and lower net help children to develop an all-court offensive game, using more advanced tactics and technique. Competition includes slightly longer matches, which will follow singles, doubles and team formats.

DayTime
Monday16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday16:00 – 17:00
Friday16:00 – 17:00
Book Now

GREEN Spinners

9 years to 12 years At this stage, children will be bigger and stronger and able to cover a bigger court using a green ball. We emphasise continued technical and tactical development using increased power and spin, as well as specific athletic skills. Competition is both individual and team-based.

DayTime
Monday16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday16:00 – 17:00
Friday16:00 – 17:00
Book Now

YELLOW Hotshots

11 years and older Junior Tennis caters for serious or social players. The whole court game is now being developed tactically and technically, using a normal ball. Competition is both individual and team-based. Special squads for better junior players are available at this level.

DayTime
Monday17:00 – 18:00
Wednesday17:00 – 18:00
Friday17:00 – 18:00
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Each child goes through the stages but at a slightly faster rate. They have shown an aptitude for tennis with good concentration skills. Parents or older brother/sisters would practice with them or they would practice themselves off the wall.

They will learn spins: Topspin, side spin and back spin.

There will be a greater emphasis on physical readiness.

Concentration levels will be tested.

A greater need for tactical awareness.

Train: for 2-3 hours/week
Invite only: If you wish for your child to try out please contact Alan on 085 8503536

These players have gone through the Futures or Development pathway and have a level of skill that allows them to play in local external competitions.

They have good technical controls and are playing a tactical game.

Train: 1.5 – 4 hours per week.
Invite only: If you wish for your child to try out please contact Alan on 085 8503536

These players have gone though the Futures strand and have shown an aptitude for competing.

They have high levels of concentration and focus.

They are physically, mentally, technically and tactically given the training that they need to compete at a national and international level.

This training is intensive and players train 8-10 hours per week and are expected to have practice matches once per week.

Invite only: If you wish for your child to try out please contact Alan on 085 8503536

Junior Community Tennis Programme

 
Community tennis is a programme designed to be a taster into the Galway Lawn Tennis Club.
Terms are shorter at 5/6 weeks with no obligation to join the tennis club.
Emphasis is on introducing tennis as a fun and healthy pastime.
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Camps are generally 3-4 hours long. Kids are advised to bring a packed lunch.
CampDate
Hallowe’enTakes place over the October mid-term.
Tuesday 30th October to Friday 2nd November 2018.
Easter2 camps over Easter.
Summer7 camps over the Summer.
Starting first week of July.
At our Tennis Academy we understand children and parents are looking for a fun, social and competitive environment.

With this in mind we have developed a 4 strand tennis pathway.

Below find a description of each:

Galway Lawn Tennis Club Junior Tennis Development

Each child goes through the 5 stages/colours depending on age. With each colour, the ball gets faster and the court and rackets bigger.

They will learn the fundamental tactics, positioning & scoring in a fun and social environment. Group size varies from 8-10. Train: 1 hour per week

BLUE Stars

5 years to 7 years

DayTime
Monday15:00 – 16:00
Wednesday15:00 – 16:00
Friday15:00 – 16:00
Book Now

RED Stripes

5 years to 8 years

Played on a smaller court. At this early stage, children are encouraged to develop simple tactics and technique, with focus on getting the basics right. The classes include co-ordination work, coaching and an introduction to competition.

DayTime
Monday15:00 – 16:00
Wednesday15:00 – 16:00
Friday15:00 – 16:00
Book Now

ORANGE Aces

9 years to 10 years

Played on an 18m × 6.5m court using a slower orange ball. The slower ball, shorter and narrower court and lower net help children to develop an all-court offensive game, using more advanced tactics and technique. Competition includes slightly longer matches, which will follow singles, doubles and team formats.

DayTime
Monday16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday16:00 – 17:00
Friday16:00 – 17:00
Book Now

GREEN Spinners

9 years to 12 years

At this stage, children will be bigger and stronger and able to cover a bigger court using a green ball. We emphasise continued technical and tactical development using increased power and spin, as well as specific athletic skills. Competition is both individual and team-based.

DayTime
Monday16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday16:00 – 17:00
Friday16:00 – 17:00
Book Now

YELLOW Hotshots

11 years and older

Junior Tennis caters for serious or social players. The whole court game is now being developed tactically and technically, using a normal ball. Competition is both individual and team-based. Special squads for better junior players are available at this level.

DayTime
Monday17:00 – 18:00
Wednesday17:00 – 18:00
Friday17:00 – 18:00
Book Now
Each child goes through the stages but at a slightly faster rate. They have shown an aptitude for tennis with good concentration skills. Parents or older brother/sisters would practice with them or they would practice themselves off the wall.

They will learn spins: Topspin, side spin and back spin.

There will be a greater emphasis on physical readiness.

Concentration levels will be tested.

A greater need for tactical awareness.

Train: for 2-3 hours/week
Invite only: If you wish for your child to try out please contact Alan on 085 8503536

These players have gone through the Futures or Development pathway and have a level of skill that allows them to play in local external competitions.

They have good technical controls and are playing a tactical game.

Train: 1.5 – 4 hours per week.
 
Invite only: If you wish for your child to try out please contact Alan on 085 8503536

These players have gone though the Futures strand and have shown an aptitude for competing.

They have high levels of concentration and focus.

They are physically, mentally, technically and tactically given the training that they need to compete at a national and international level.

This training is intensive and players train 8-10 hours per week and are expected to have practice matches once per week.

 Invite only: If you wish for your child to try out please contact Alan on 085 8503536
Junior Community Tennis Programme

Price Including Tennis Coaching and Social Tennis Sessions.

Age GroupDayTime
5 years to 7 yearsSaturday12:00 – 13:00
5 years to 7 yearsSaturday13:00 – 14:00
8 years to 11 yearsSaturday14:00 – 16:00
12 years to 16 yearsSaturday16:00 – 18:00
Book Now
The following outlines plans for the Galway Lawn Tennis Club weekly Tennis Academy training programme.

Our Mission

To reach out and identify children with natural ability, desire, determination and the dream to become high achieving regional and national players to the sport. We will provide an improved pathway for player development based on a structured training and competitive opportunities.

Our Vision

Galway Lawn Tennis Club believes that the pursuit of success in sports can be a metaphor for life. The qualities that determines a true Champions: discipline, determination and commitment to excellence – translate into success in all aspects of a young person’s life. We know that when young players commit to mastering the game of tennis; working on their weaknesses and overcoming adversity – they will become winners, on and off the court.

Tennis has become one of the most demanding sports in the world. To be successful, a player must combine athletic ability, racquet skills and an aptitude for tactical problem solving. Therefore Galway Lawn Tennis Club will provide structured training for players who are committed to reaching their full potential.

What is The Galway Lawn Tennis Academy?

Galway Lawn Tennis Academy Junior Tennis Coaching

The Academy is the next step up from the development programme. The Academy trains athletes that aim to play tennis competitively. We use hand feeding to isolate areas the player needs to improve on. Racquet feeding simulates match-like variables of spin, pace, height, depth and shot selection. Live ball with other players and the coach helps the junior learn simple controls, point situations and simulated point or matchplay which all lead to problem solving in matches.

To go along with our world class on court structure, we provide a tournament ready fitness schedule that improves agility, balance, coordination, speed, cardiovascular, strength and flexibility.

Mental Skills Training will play a vital role too. It is an integrated part of our training system and takes a pro-active, strengthening approach.

Who is it for and What are the Requirements?

The Galway Lawn Tennis Club Junior Tennis Academy is by invitation only. Coaches make recommendations of potential performance players. Those players are then invited for a trial in one of our sessions. The Junior Tennis Academy  are striving to provide a high level of service to players who are training to a performance level and are committed to improving.

This is what we expect from players:

  • Undertake technical one‐to‐one lessons weekly.
  • Arrive punctually for training squads, with appropriate clothing (not football trainers) etc with racket & drink.
  • Comprehensive warm‐up before every lesson.
  • Step on‐court, for every lesson, with the mindset to improve.
  • Listen and respect players and coaches.
  • Compete termly in Tennis Ireland competitions (minimum).
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