DAVID EMMS - DIRECTOR OF COACHING
David is an LTA licensed, qualified coach (CCA/P) with over 10 years experience and is also a member of the Tennis Coach UK. He has played competitive tennis for many years and is part of the men's 1st team squad.David's goal is to ensure that the club can provide a quality level of coaching to all standards. David has developed a coaching programme at both adult and junior level which is available to members and non-members.
David is available for private and group coaching for players of any standard.
GRAHAM SMITH CLUB COACH
Eastcote Lawn Tennis Club is an LTA accredited Mini Tennis centre. We have a a large mini tennis programme for younger children to start on.
We believe this system is vital for children as they are more likely to enjoy their tennis, and therefore stick with it and develop to enjoy the game. To ensure we engage all children we have a team of fun and reliable coaches that make each session active and educational for each child.
Eastcote Lawn Tennis club also provides individual lessons and Holiday Camps during each of the school holidays. These prove to act as a great introduction to tennis for those that haven't played before.
If you would like information on these please email David Emms to email@example.com.
What is Mini Tennis?
The LTA Mini Tennis system ensures that the racquets, balls, court size, and coaching are all appropriate for your child’s age, skill, and strength. It’s a great introduction to the sport for young children between 4 and 10 years old.
Children aged 11 yrs + will move on to yellow ball tennis.
There are three levels of Mini Tenge and Green, each with their own court size and type of ball.
Stage 1. Red Mini Tennis: 8 years and under
Red ball is a great way for players to start out in tennis and is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on smaller courts with shorter rackets and softer balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.
Age: Red ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 & under.
Ball: A red felt ball.
Court: 11m x 5.5m.Net: The net is lower than yellow ball tennis at a height of 80cm.
Racquet: A shorter racket of 17” – 23”is recommended.
Stage 2. Orange Mini Tennis: for 8 and 9 year olds
Orange ball mini tennis is a great way for players to continue their progress from red ball. It is played on slightly larger courts than red ball, with bigger rackets and balls that are not as soft as red balls. It’s the next stage to go through before you start playing on a full-sized court and it will help players develop all the different shots, providing fun competition.
Age: Orange ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 and 9.
Ball: An orange ball is used. It has a low compression that makes it bounce lower, giving the player better control at an important stage of their development.
Court: Orange ball is played on a singles court of 18m x 6.5m and a doubles court of 18m x 8.23m (so the full width of the singles court)
Net: 80cm at the middle of the net.
Racquet: A racket of 23” – 25” is recommended.
Stage 3. Green Mini Tennis: for 9 and 10 year olds
Green ball is a great way for players to continue their progress from orange mini tennis. It is played on a full tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls that are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage to go through before playing with a full compression yellow ball on a full-sized court and it will help players work on and improve all aspects of their game.
Age: Green ball mini tennis is for players aged 9 & 10.
Ball: A green ball is used, which is ideal for players moving from orange ball to actual tennis balls.
Court: Green ball is played on a full tennis court for singles and doubles.
Net: The net is at full height.
Racquet: A bigger racket of 25” – 26” is recommended.
Stage 4. Yellow ball Tennis: For 11yrs +
Yellow ball players are aged 11+ and have the skill set to be able to use the full size court with a regular tennis ball. In this level we have many different classes to suit each individual needs, from beginner up to club team standard.