LTA Youth Age Guidance

To make it easier for parents and guardians to find the right session, please see below the colour codes we and the Lawn Tennis Association use for each age group.

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Blue (Age 4-5 years)
Young kids 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.

Tuesdays - 4pm @ Thames Valley Athletics Centre

Saturdays - 10am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sundays -  11:45am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Red (Age 6-8 years)
This looks a bit more like the tennis you know; overarm serves, rallies, scoring. Kids can use their new knowledge to play in competitions as teams or individuals. It’s still soft balls and small courts but they’re learning everything they’ll need for the game ahead.

Tuesday (beginner) - 4pm @ Thames Valley Athletics Centre

Thursday (intermediate) - 6pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Saturday (beginners) - 10am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Saturday (intermediate) - 11am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sunday (beginners) - 10:40am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sunday (intermediate) - 11:45am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Orange (Age 9)
All the skills they’ve been learning are turning them into tennis Titans. Time to throw in some tactics, extra techniques, problem-solving and leadership too; they’re becoming Mini Muzza’s before your eyes.

Thursday (intermediate) - 6pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Saturday (beginner) - 11am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Saturday (intermediate) - 12pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sunday (beginner) - 10:40am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sunday (intermediate) - 11:45am @St Bernards Grammar School

Green (Age 10)
Where does the time go? They’re fast approaching moody teenagers and so it’s time to let them loose on real, full-sized courts. Now it’s all about fine tuning and refining the techniques they’ve learned over the years. Welcome to the Big Leagues, junior.

Thursdays (beginners) - 6pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Saturdays (beginner) - 12pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Saturdays (intermediate) - 12pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sundays (beginner) - 10:40am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sundays (intermediate) - 11:45am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Yellow (Age 11+)
At the Yellow stage, 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.

Monday (advanced) - 6:30pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Thursday (intermediate) - 6pm @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sunday (beginner) - 10:40am @ St Bernards Grammar School

Sunday (intermediate) - 11:45am @ St Bernards Grammar School