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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mini Tennis?

Mini Tennis is an Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) approved method of teaching children aged 4 to 10 to play tennis using rackets, balls and courts sized according to their age and ability. Children start with Mini Tennis RED then move through to ORANGE and GREEN - like traffic lights.

Further details can be found on the LTA website which has a dedicated section to Mini Tennis - www.lta.org.uk

How do I decide which Tennis Camp / Course to book?

Courses are divided up into specific abilities or we offer a time period for all abilities which is then divided into specific ages/abilities depending on the number of adults/juniors attending.

Tennis Camps are very active; which camp you choose depends on how long your child wants to stay; can your child cope with a whole day or is a morning/couple of hours enough?

Will you/your child be happy with group coaching?

If you are not sure and need further guidance, please contact us.

I don't have a racket? Can you help?

If you/your child has their own racket, please bring this. If you/your child DO NOT have a racket, you can hire one from us for £5 per week - just tick the box when booking. We advise that you don't buy one before you attend a camp/course but speak to our coaches who can advise on suitable rackets. We also have some for sale at discounted rates.

What clothing shall I wear?

Normal outdoor sports kit/school P.E kit. We suggest layers, particularly for Spring and Autumn courses/camps. Shorts or tennis skirt / T-shirt or polo shirt / track suit or fleece top / trainers or gym shoes/ hat & gloves.

What else shall I bring with me?

We suggest some spare clothing (appropriate to the time of year)/ water / energy boosting snacks and/or a packed lunch if your course/camp spans "lunchtime" / Sunscreen/ Hat / Towel /Wet weather clothing.

What are the arrangements for children to go to the toilet? Are they accompanied?

All the venues we use have permanent toilets on site. Children will be accompanied to the toilet area (either by a tennis assistant or an older player) but they cannot help with clothing etc. so your child needs to be capable of attending to themselves/washing their hands etc. unaided.

Are MTA Coaches & Assistants CRB checked?

All MTA coaches are chekced before they are employed by MTA. Tennis Assistants/Leaders usually tend to be older children who have played at MTA for a number of years and taken MTA courses and are known to us, but they are underage for a CRB check.

Can parents stay and watch?

Yes, if you wish. However, our experience has shown that children perform better if parents take a passive role and don't try to coach "from the sidelines".

Do I need to register my child on arrival each day?

On arrival at a camp/course, please make sure that your child has registered with a coach before you depart. MTA cannot be held responsible for a child's welfare if they are not "handed over" to our coaches/assistants.

What happens if it rains?

Unless the weather is so inclement that playing would put your/your child at risk of danger, we seek shelter indoors (where venues permit) until the rain stops. If no play is possible, we will endeavour to keep you/ your child occupied for the duration of that day's session with physical acticity/drill and team games inside. For term time course, if play is stopped, we run a number of wet weather catch up days at the end of the term for no extra charge.

Do Tennis Camps involve other sports?

Mostly it's tennis. We do though bring other elements to the courses which help with the hand/eye coordination, footwork, mobility etc.