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Junior Opportunities

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all enjoyed the start to the new term, it’s been great to see the squads so busy and vibrant.

We are emailing to communicate a couple of opportunities/suggestions for our junior club players.

1) New teen drills session on a Tuesday evening with Clayton Edge, 6:30pm - 7:30pm. This session is open to all junior players attending development, gold or club elite sessions. It’s a pay as you play session, costing £3.00 a session.

2) Adult leagues. Junior players from age 14 are eligible to enter the leagues to gain competitive experience and we encourage all the players on the squads to do this. Contact any member of the coaching team to get into the leagues.

3) Individual lessons. It’s great that many of our juniors access a member of the coaching team for private coaching. If you don’t already do this, consider starting with occasional lessons to accelerate the technical development that’s needed to play at adult team level.

4) Finally..... Tennis is the sport - not tennis coaching. Please encourage all the junior players to stay after sessions and play tennis with each other. As a coaching team we all came through a culture of playing tennis with friends being the main part of our weekly tennis activity, and coaching being an add on, we find this to be a key to having fun, building friendships, and improving quickly through free play. Many of the juniors attend coaching but hardly play tennis, and we find that at ages 17/18 when they stop coaching, they stop tennis!! We definitely want to change this. (Please show the juniors this as it’s up to them to arrange the their tennis)

As always any suggestions, ideas or thoughts please get in contact with the coaching team, we always welcome feedback,

Many thanks,

The team

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