- How young can my child be to start playing tennis?
The earliest age that we would take your child for group lessons is 3 years old. If you want to start before this age you can book individual lessons with a coach.
- What clothes should my child wear?
General sportswear is fine. However please dress your child appropriately according to the weather e.g. rain jacket if raining. Always send your child with a water bottle no matter what the weather conditions.
- Can I borrow a racket?
Yes, we have plenty of rackets to accommodate all sizes and age groups. However, as there is a limited stock, if your child is going to be participating in a lesson for the term please consider purchasing a racket yourselves. We also have rackets for sale at the Club.
- How do I know what racket size my child needs?
The route for this is to ask the coach taking your child’s group lessons, they will be able to advise you.
- What are the differences between red, orange and green ball classes?
Red ball – range from ages 5-8 years of age
Orange ball – 9 years of age
Green ball – 10 years of age
Yellow ball – 11 years and up.
- What is the difference between Red 1 and Red 2?
Sessions labelled ‘1’ (e.g. Red 1, Orange 1, Green 1) are mainly basket fed.
The child is taught how to stand – the correct stance, how to serve and how to volley, the technique for both forehand and backhand, and how to move on court.
If your child is unable to get a 5 shot rally from the baseline with a coach then this is the correct group for them.
These sessions are for beginners to low intermediate players.
Sessions labelled ‘2’ (e.g. Red 2, Orange 2, Green 2) – these are trying to teach the child to play with other players.
They will learn how to rally, score in a match and basic tactics.
Your child must be able to rally for 10 shots from the baseline with a coach and 5-6 shots from the baseline with another player of the same ability and age. They must have a good foundation of technique for all shots.
What age should my child start competing?
Competing can be from age 5 upwards, depending on the experience and ability of the child. Any group labelled 2 or 3 e.g. Red 2, Red 3, Orange 2, Orange 3 can compete, if the coach thinks they are ready. Please see further information on group categories in the question ‘What is the difference between Red 1, Red 2 and Red 3?’
- What is the length of lessons?
All group lessons are of 55 minutes duration except Tots Tennis which is for 50 minutes.
- Do I need to have membership to have lessons?
If your child is just doing one group session per week then there is no need for membership. However, if they wish to participate in anything extra they will have to have membership to the Club. Please see the Wilton Tennis Club website for a membership form or click here.
- Do you run after school lessons?
Yes, junior lessons are run from 4.00-8.00pm Monday to Friday in term time.
- What happens if my child doesn’t want to play in the session?
If your child becomes ill during the session we will try to contact you to let you know, we will keep them safe until you return for collection.
- What happens if my child misses a session through illness?
As long as you notify Marc Beckles via phone (07877571349) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the start of the lesson then he will be able to organise a ‘make-up’ session later in the week.
- If it is raining how do I know whether the lesson is cancelled or not?
If the session is cancelled Marc will send an email out to all parents and a post on Facebook giving notification that the session is not going to be taking place. Sessions will only be cancelled 30 minutes before the session commencing as the weather forecasts are not always correct. A ‘make-up’ session will be scheduled at half term or at the end of the term. You will be notified of the the make up date by email.
- Can my child have individual lessons?
Yes, please email Sue Harrington at email@example.com to ascertain your availability. To find out more information about the coaches at Wilton please click here.
- Although I/my child have not played before, can I/they join a group session straight away?
If you/your child has not had any tennis lessons before, we do ask for you/your child to get a 45 minute private lesson first. In this lesson we will teach you/them how to hold the racket, stance, swing techniques for both forehand and backhand, how to serve and how to volley. This way you/they will enjoy your/their first group session and gain confidence and there will be less disruption to the first group session. To organise this please email Sue Harrington as soon as you book your/their place on the course.
There are Adult beginner lessons which run on Sunday evenings.
- Do you run holiday camps?
Yes, we run holiday camps all year, round the Merton term school holidays, except February half term when Wilton hosts its’ own open tournament.
- Do you put the camps into groups of similar abilities?
At the beginning of the day the children are divided up into two large groups – those aged between 9 and 14 years and those between 5 and 8. Then after a warm up session when the coaches can get a feel of the groups they will be further split into smaller groups dependent on age and ability.
- Do we have to provide food and drink for camps?
Yes, if your child is doing a day camp they will need a packed lunch and several snacks to keep them going throughout the day. They will also need a water bottle which can be re-filled by the water fountain on site.
- If something goes wrong what do I need to do?
You would need to contact Marc Beckles on 07877571349 or the office on
020 8296 9668.
What coaches do we use at the club?
Lead coaches – All of our lead coaches are LTA level 2 or above or PTR qualified. They individually hold an accreditation to their governing body which covers them for liability insurance. They are first aid trained, have completed a three hour safeguarding course and are DBS checked.
Assistant coaches – We use LTA level 1 coaches (aged 16 and above) as assistant coaches alongside our lead coaches in bigger groups. These coaches can also work on their own next to a LTA level 3 coach or higher. These assistant coaches all hold a DBS certificate.
Assistants & Helpers – At ages 14 and 15, we hand pick our best juniors that have received coaching at the club for many years and represent the club in team competitions. They spend sessions shadowing the coaches before starting to assist. These players also assist our lead coaches in our groups and camps. They have normally also completed the LTA Tennis Leaders Course run by the Head Coach which is designed for them to assist the coaching team in the delivery of the coaching programme. These assistants/helpers do not require a DBS check as they are not 16 years old and are never left alone with the children. These young assistants then go on to do their level 1 at 16.
To see a full list of our current coaches, assistants & leaders click here.
- How & when do I pay for lessons?
Group lessons are to be paid ‘upfront’ for the term through our booking website. Please click here to be taken to the booking home page
HEALTH & SAFETY
- Do I have to stay with my child?
If your child is in the school Year 1 or below then you/a carer will need to be present at Wilton. However, if your child is in the school Year 2 and up then it is up to the parent’s discretion – as long as both parent and child are comfortable with it.
- If my child has a medical/behavioural conditions how will that be catered for?
Prior to booking any lessons please email Sue Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the best route for the child.
Medical equipment – If your child requires any medical equipment as stated on the registers, the coaches will check that they have this before starting the lesson. If your child does not have it we will not be allowed to let them start the lesson.
- What happens if I am late to collect my child?
If you know you are going to be late for the collection of your child, please call Marc on 07877571349 or the office on 020 8296 9668.
We will keep your child, safe on court until you return. However please make every effort to be on time as the coach/es normally have another session which will be disrupted.