York Tennis Academy work on a pyramid system of player development, catering for players of all standards from total beginner to nationally ranked juniors. The overall aim of this system is to introduce tennis to as many children as possible through the Schools Tennis Programme and help them progress up the pyramid and reach their full potential in tennis.
Schools Tennis Programme
At the base of the pyramid is our ‘Schools Tennis Programme’, Through our work in local schools, we introduce tennis to as many children as possible. We do this by providing lessons in schools, either as part of the children’s PE lessons or as ‘after school activities’. The local schools we currently work with on this basis include:
Vale of York Academy
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC School
St. Wilfrids RC School
St. Barnabas School
Clifton with Rawcliffe
St. Peters School
St. Olaves School
Clifton Preparatory School
We also have a ‘Community Tennis Partnership’ with Askham Bryan College. Sports Students from Askham Bryan College are trained by York Tennis Academy to deliver tennis lessons into schools. The schools currently involved in this project are:
Archbishop’s Primary School (Bishopthorpe)
Copmanthorpe Primary School
Westfield Primary School
Dringhouses Primary School
Hookstone Primary School (Harrogate)
We are always looking to continue to grow our Schools Tennis Programme and if you are a teacher interested in your school getting involved in this, please contact John Moore on 07896636173.
Weekly Club Groups
We encourage children to progress from our Schools Tennis Programme to taking Weekly Club Group Lessons and becoming members of York Tennis Club. Club groups run every evening
Club lessons take place in smaller groups than lessons in schools, with club group lessons having a maximum of a 6:1 player to coach ratio. There is also the chance to take individual lessons in addition to group lessons, to help children progress at a fastest possible rate.
Once children have attended club lessons, we look towards progressing them towards competition tennis. Our starting point for competition is for children to take part in internal events such as Benenden Tennis Fesitvals, or Quorn Tennis Events as well as singles and doubles competitions against children of their own age. We run ‘Benenden and Quorn’ Events as family tennis competitions where children compete with family members in doubles competitions against other families. These events give children a ‘friendly’ introduction to competition, typically in a round robin format and encourage children to learn and compete with their family in addition to taking lessons.
Once children have had some experience of internal competitions we look to progress them into our club junior and adult teams. In 2017 we are running 14 external junior tennis teams in the LTA Aegon Competitions as well as another 12 internal teams and numerous internal competitions.
From club teams we look to progress children into performance competitions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and have many children competing across the country and in Europe. We also have children who have gained full time tennis scholarships to US Universities to play in their college system.
Whilst encouraging children and adults who want to progress up the pyramid, we also encourage play at all levels and it may well be that children and their families do not wish to go beyond enjoying the game and playing socially with friends and it is always very rewarding to see families playing the game together and enjoying tennis.