There is always a look of confusion on a parent’s face when you tell them that you can teach a child to be a competitive tennis player when they are as young as seven. Yes, they may play on a badminton court with a slightly lower net and yes, the balls maybe softer, larger and easier to hit but they are competing nonetheless.
Despite a decade long promotion of mini tennis by the LTA, the under tens have been largely neglected when it comes to teaching tennis. This is precisely what Tennis Tiger’s has been attempting to rectify. Tennis Tigers both teaches and runs tournaments for the under tens. Coach and director of Tennis Tigers, Vanessa Nickerson says “Teaching this age group requires a special kind of teacher because it’s not an easy thing to do. Our coaches need strong, positive personalities and an ability to understand and relate to young children”.
So the result of the Tennis Tigers programme? 200 children under ten years old play tennis throughout the week in the Preston Park area. Children from Brighton College, Lancing, Downs, St Luke’s, Carlton Hill, Patcham, Rudyard Kipling School, Stanford, St Batholamews, Balfour and more, benefit from the Tennis Tigers coaching programme. We also have older girls and boys from Varndean, Cardinal Newman, Hove Park, Blatchingtom Mill and Dorothy Stringer who started off in our Junior programmes and continue to play & compete now as advanced Tigers.
Vanessa says, “ What really makes this programme work are the tournaments, fifty plus children are now signed up with the LTA as competitive tennis players.” If you think about it, this is quite an achievement both for the Tigers and the children involved.
Even better, you can see them in action in Preston Park each weekend morning. Tournaments for ages 13, 10, 9 & 8 and under are held frequently in Preston Park, please watch the tournaments page for the next dates. If you have a child who is at Primary or Secondary school, then you should consider joining the Tennis Tigers’ programme because we teach children of any ability. To join us for a free taster session, please contact Tennis Tigers on 07531879404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org