How we coach
Summer Camps are now available to book!
How we coach
Our passion is making tennis more of a sport than a hobby. We try to make everyone actually play tennis, not just learn to hit a ball. From five years old we will introduce the idea of scoring and competing. Our belief is this will give our players something tangible to measure their progress by and will provide the competitive stimulation lots of children need. Of course basic technique is needed but by looking at the world's top players, we can learn that there is more than one style to use.
Our coaching ethos
Our main belief stems from the idea that tennis can be a game that everyone can enjoy learning playing and competing in but it isn't easy. Players need time with a coach, space to play and feedback that helps them understand their strengths and weaknesses. We want our coaches to be brave and allow players of all ages to test the boundaries of their development and understand that failure is a normal part of improving. It's wonderful to see the polished swings and perfect techniques but just as impressive for us is the five year old getting to a rally of five or a seven year old working out which side to serve from or how to keep the score.
Our coaches are hard working and a big, friendly (mostly noisy) presence on the court and we love the strong relationship formed between them and lots of our players. Our coaching ethos is a long term one and that isn't possible without having the players involved in the process.
Skills we teach
Leaning into the coaching experience
During term time we have a competition week every three sessions. This lets us as coaches know where any weaknesses lie and our players see what they have achieved. Our style of game based coaching means that whatever the level of player, they can see how it links to learning to play a match. We believe playing a tennis match should be a regular experience so it becomes a less intense environment and provides a valuable tool for life.
Our holiday camps will always be a fun environment but we never forget that our job is to improve our players’ tennis so any activity will have a tennis theme. Nobody learns well in a stressful or boring situation so as a team of coaches our job is to encourage and provide a fantastic environment where players can both learn and enjoy.
Meet the team
Read about our team! We have three full-time coaches plus support from several coaching assistants.
Info for parents
Answers to commonly asked questions can be found here, such as what to wear and what happens during bad weather.
How to find us
We coach at Peppard Tennis Club, just outside of Henley, where there are six well maintained courts with lovely surroundings.