Talent Identification & Devlopment Programme
The club has formal agreements with a number of primary and secondary schools. Coaching is delivered on site at some primary schools. Other schools use our facilities.
We advertise our club and it’s junior programme through newsletters and posters on school noticeboards; this attracts many children to join our club. We delivers flyers once a year to local houses advertising the club and the coaching on offer. The club has cheap junior membership subscriptions, staggered by age. We encourage the parents to also join at a special rate to allow them to participate with their children. We have a junior coaching programme planned by fully qualified coaches and implemented by them and assistant coaches, tennis leaders and other volunteers.
We have competitive structures for children of all ages: internal box leagues, local junior leagues; county singles leagues, plus the “Road to Wimledon” competition.
Children are initially placed into group coaching programmes according to age. Talented players are then filtered out and placed into smaller squads and encouraged to have individual lessons.
We liaise with the County Talent Performance Co-ordinator (TPC) who is aware of our performance programmes and informed of the dates/times of lessons. The TPC sometimes makes planned visits to view our most promising juniors. We inform the County Co-ordinator of promising children who show talent. Talented players are then registered by the County and a formal letter sent out to the child’s parents inviting him/her to a County ID day.
The club has a development policy that includes part-subsidy of the coaching of its promising and keen juniors, through re-investment of money raised from the club’s annual open junior tournament. The club also takes advantage of funds made available from the County to further assist promising juniors, and likewise from national LTA funds for the most successful.
The coaches of juniors assisted from County or National funds receive detailed feedback and recommendations on technique, physical training or competitive scheduling, and these are incorporated into club/player coaching plans.