What’s on at Highgate Tennis for juniors
Highgate Coaching Mission – To enhance peoples’ lives through tennis by having an enjoyable, affordable and inclusive environment.
Highgate Coaching Philosophy –
- Create a Positive, Engaging & Friendly Environment
- Player First Approach
- Develop the Fundamental Skills and Stay Active
- Focus on the Game Based Approach
- We want All-Round Players – Head, Heart & Legs
- Build & Nurture Relationships
- Have a defined purpose to everything we do
What’s on offer and how do I get my kids involved?
We welcome children from pre-school up to 18 years. The emphasis is on fun within a friendly and supportive environment. For those juniors who want to develop their skills to a higher level we provide the opportunity to join performance squads and take their tennis onto a competitive level. See our performance programme.
Tell me more about LTA Youth
LTA Youth is a way of introducing children to the sport of tennis aged 4-18 years, packed full of fun games and dynamic training. The court and size of the ball increase in size as the child gets older but the idea is that the sport is still played on a full court relative to their age. There are 4 levels of LTA Youth:
Young kids (4-5 years) are bundles of energy just running around without a care in the world. But the programme is designed to ﬁnesse their ﬁne motor skills like balance, agility and coordination. At this stage it’s not about winning or losing but just getting to grips with the basics.
Red ball mini tennis 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 thing and will give you the chance to have long rallies and play different types of shots, which should be lots of fun.
Orange ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 and 9. 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 you develop all the different shots, providing fun competition.
Green ball is the next step after orange ball 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 you start playing with a yellow ball on a full sized court and it will help you work on and improve all aspects of your game.
At the Yellow stage (12+ years), children are now playing on a full size court with the balls the professionals use. Children will continue to explore different game styles and start to ﬁnd their own. They will evolve through well-rounded motor skills development whilst improving their physical capacities.
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Junior and family news
What holiday camps does Highgate run?
Highgate has an active programme of holiday camps that runs for juniors of all ages and all levels. Starting in Easter holidays and running during mid-term breaks and summer holidays, these camps are a great way for your kids to make new friends, learn new skills and improve those tennis skills in a safe and fun environment. Find out more about the holiday tennis camps.