We have an excellent junior development programme which has been carefully thought out and tweaked over many years to the point that we now have the largest junior programme in Essex. Our junior programme caters for children of all ages and standards. But perhaps best of all there is a great sense of community amongst our juniors, and the club is a great place for them to hang around and make friends.
The Junior Chairman is Graham Broadley, who is also the Head Coach. He oversees all junior tennis at the club and does his best to look after their interests. He is a strong believer that out of little acorns grow big apples.
Junior Morning is held on Saturday mornings and is the weekly activity all juniors should do their best to come along to. There is no charge for attending junior morning as it comes free with a child/junior membership. All children aged ten and over are invited to take part. Junior morning is good fun. Children can mix with friends, play tennis and have fun.
A team of women, all volunteers, run the junior canteen from 9am to 12am every Saturday. They make fresh bacon roll and hotdogs to order. Drinks, sweets and all manner of tuck are on sale as well. All profit made from the junior canteen is ploughed straight back into junior tennis at the club in the manner of part-funded coaching.
Mini tennis is for children aged 5 to 10 years old and is the very foundation of our junior programme. Mini tennis is played on scaled down courts and has three stages of progression: mini red, mini orange and mini green. Mini red is for children aged 5 to 8 years old, mini orange is for children aged 9, and mini green is for children aged 10. Each stage has its own court size and type of ball. We have a large mini tennis coaching programme that involves both group and individual coaching.
The majority of our junior membership has group coaching. Children aged 11 and over move on from mini tennis balls to the standard yellow balls and train on a full-sized court. Group coaching is popular with children because they both learn and meet friends at the same time. When a child takes up the game for the first time, the best way to start is in a group with players of similar standard.
Pay & Play
Pay and play takes place on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am is for children aged 8 to 10 and. The cost is £3.00. Children can come to six sessions without to being a member, giving them the chance to try tennis before taking the plunge and joining.
Junior Morning is for children aged 11 upwards and involves the use of standard tennis balls (yellow ball) and a full sized court. Children are supervised in to games compatible with others their standard. Singles and doubles games are organised, and impromptu tournaments are held if numbers are right.
Junior morning is run by the Head Pro and is free to attend. Sue Bunting opens the canteen and tuck shop (school term times only) and serves bacon rolls, teas and coffees.
Junior morning has s a great sense of community and is an integral part junior life at the club. We recommend juniors of all standards attend.
Graham Broadley, our Head Coach, is a fully licensed LTA coach. Contact him at: [email protected] or on 07948 726309
Some years we take trips up to Wimbledon. Aside from watching world-class tennis at close range, there is also the popular habit the kids have developed of being ‘seen’ with the top players. Pictured on the left is one of our top juniors posing for a photo with the 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.
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