The Club has over 300 juniors taking part each week in our extensive tennis programme. If your child would like to learn how to play the game, there is no better place than The Northumberland Club.

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Toddler Tennis (2-3 years old)
The first footsteps onto a tennis court for most!  Our main aim is to create a FUN learning environment using age appropriate activities designed to keep the children active whilst developing new skills.Further information here.

Pre School Tennis
Pre School Tennis is for children aged 3 to 5 years old and enables them to learn the basics and how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on the fundamental areas of balance, coordination, agility, movement and racket and ball skills.

Mini Red
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.

Mini Orange
Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics. It is the next stage before playing on a full sized court and helps players develop different shots and tactics.

Mini Green
Mini Tennis Green is a great way for players aged 9 and 10 to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Orange. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players develop and improve all aspects of their game.

Tennis Squads
Under the guidance of Head Coach John Henderson, the Club have developed a number of squads which cater for the needs of all children aged between 11 and 18 regardless of their ability. Each squad builds on the fundamentals required to play the game and as they develop they will progress through the squad system learning new skills and techniques all the time.

Performance Players
Our mini red, orange and green courses also have a performance stream for any children who show extra enthusiasm and ability on court. The performance players attend two classes each week to ensure the highest level of coaching possible.  In addition to this extra session there will be a significant increase in the number of tournaments that the Club will organise to provide more competitive opportunities for all attendees.

Northumberland High Performance Centre
The Club coaching panel works very closely with The Northumberland High Performance Centre (HPC) and any player showing an outstanding aptitude for the game will be recommended to the HPC with the consent of their parents/guardians.
 
 
Ratings Tournaments
At all levels of junior tennis, The Northumberland Club provides competitive opportunities for players to improve their tennis RATING. Ratings are important for many players because a high rating normally gives access to the top levels of competitions. This means some players see climbing the ratings ladder as a race. This is not the intention of the system; its purpose is to give an indication of playing standard so that players can monitor their progress and access appropriate levels of competition. Ratings are useful for the administration of competitions as ratings, followed by rankings, usually determine acceptance.

It is also worth noting that the ratings system is simply a measuring tool and is not intended to be a target in itself. If a player works hard to improve technique, tactics and mental skills, puts in the hours on court, develops a love of tennis and enjoys the challenge of competing then he/she will improve in playing standard. This will lead to success in competitions which, in turn, will be reflected in that player's rating. It is counter-productive, in terms of long term development, for a player to be so focused on protecting wins that he/she stops competing or limits participation.