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Junior Squads Development Programme

junior squads, Sports NI Clubmark logo silverThe Junior Squads  tennis programme runs at Windsor Tennis Club Belfast to cater for all age groups and abilities, from 4 years old to 18 years. Our aim is learning & improving whilst still having fun!

All tennis squads and coaching are run according to the Tennis Ireland Development programme.

Windsor werjunior squads, Sports NI Clubmark logo bronzee the first tennis club in Ulster to have been awarded the Bronze Clubmark, and is still the only tennis club in Ulster to have been awarded the prestigious Silver Clubmark Scheme, which means that we deliver programmes of a consistently high standard and in line with recognised practice. Windsor has exceeded the minimum requirements in:

Windsor were the first tennis club to have been awarded the Silver ClubMark award.

A member of the Junior squads at WindsorIn line with the Tennis Ireland programme we offer specialised coaching for those children under 10 with different sized balls and courts,  to ensure they learn the basics of the game in a way which will give them the best foundation for their progression to full court tennis. At that transition stage, they are then better equipped and more confident in moving to the next learning phase, when they are physically able to adjust to larger racquets and full size tennis balls. This is an extremely important part of developing children in tennis and we are wholly committed to this programme.

 

Currently we offer a number of tennis programmes to suit your child:

Junior Squads

junior squads, Windsor Tennis Club

Windsor runs a full programme of Junior Squads through the year with expert coaching for children of all ages. You can apply for the junior squads by filling in the following application form and leaving it into reception at the club.

Windsor Junior Squads Application Form

Right click the image or the link and select ‘save as’. It will open as a downloadable pdf file.

Mini Recreational Squad 4-7 years old (red ball)
Slower balls, smaller courts and shorter rackets enable players to play the game from the first lesson.  Players have fun team based matches and develop good basic technique and great early coordination skills for any sport.  Emphasis on fun with a tennis theme in a group environment.
Midi Recreational Squad 7-10 years old (orange ball)
The next step up from Mini Squads, players use a slightly ball on a larger court an continue their development of tennis strokes with introduction to scoring and team games, as well as keeping a fun and friendly group environment.
Under-14 Recreational Squad 10-13 years old
Technical and tactical coaching for Under-14’s on a full court with proper tennis balls.  Players continue their development whilst being encouraged to play internal and external matches for their club and for themselves in Ulster recognised tennis tournaments and Windsor Junior League matches.
Under-18 Recreational Squad 14-17 years old
Technical and tactical coaching for Under-18’s who are interested in the game and would like to enhance their skills but are not yet ready to play tournaments.  Groups are of similar ability and are ideal for beginners or teenagers returning to tennis that want to improve their overall game.
Elite Performance Programme – u14s
This programme is designed for those players that want to compete at tournament level.
The Under 12 Programme caters for up to 12 children who are coached for between 6 and 10 hours a week depending on availability due to schoolwork, etc.
Elite Performance Programme – u18s
This programme is designed for those players that want to compete at tournament level.
The Under 16 Programme caters for up to 12 children who are coached 4 hours a week.

High Performance Squad

Windsor has been running a High Performance Squad for 6 players who are doing 8 hours a week on the tennis court as well as physical hours in the gym. Their aim is to make it to European Tournaments and gain ITF ranking points so they are able to improve their World Ranking and ultimately lead to a possible scholarship in the USA or straight into the professional Circuit.

Please note there will be a competition on Week 5 and Week 10 exclusive to Squad members.

Junior Summer Camps

junior squads, Windsor Tennis ClubThese are week-long daily Tennis summer camps run within the Tennis Ireland guidelines and staffed by our qualified coaches. They will not only improve your child’s tennis but also keep them fit and active as they include fitness regimes on a daily basis. The camps are also very popular with parents who have eight weeks of summer holidays to think about!

Details of Junior Summer camps for 2018  can be found here.

For an application form simply right click the image above and select ‘Save As’. It will open as a downloadable pdf file.

Competitive Play

Windsor also has a number of Junior league teams who play in the Belfast and District league at Under 14 and Under 18 age groups and for recreational players we organise friendly matches against other tennis clubs. Contact Simon or Michael for more details.

Child Protection

Our designated Child Protection Chief Officer is John Adair and our Child Protection Officers are Simon McFarland (Coach) and Maxine Pauley (Receptionist).

Junior Programme Enquiry Form

If you have any enquiries about the Junior programme, please feel free to complete the form below.

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