Aimed at children 8 and under

Red Ball

Using a slow foam ball and a smaller court for those starting out in tennis

Fun Tennis Coaching for Kids

Red ball groups are courses designed for kids eight and under, to be fun, and to learn to either start playing once a week, or to begin to develop their rallying skills, serving and learning how to play RED BALL matches!

Sessions run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We run three types of Red Ball sessions – beginners and intermediate (if you have any questions about which one to book onto please contact Elly)

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Availability and Booking

Red Ball – Beginners/Improvers

A fun red ball group for children either starting out playing a bit more tennis, and those who are really enjoying it and wanting to play once a week! They will be coached on forehands, backhands, serves and volleys with the goal of them enjoying the sport and learning both ball and racket skills and learning how to play a mini game of tennis!

Red Ball – Intermediate/Advanced

A red ball group for children who have already played quite a bit of tennis and can rally a red ball well and get serves in the court. A group of children who already love the sport and want to work hard! They will develop technique to a higher level and play a lot of points play! They will have plenty of fun as well!

Red/Orange Ball – aged 7-9 – Beginners/Improvers

A fun red/orange ball group for children either starting out playing a bit more tennis, and those who are really enjoying it and wanting to play once a week! They will be coached on forehands, backhands, serves and volleys with the goal of them enjoying the sport and learning both ball and racket skills and learning how to play a game of tennis!

Red Ball Blocks:

We have released our January dates and are currently giving priority to those already in the groups and our waiting lists. We will set the booking links live on our website as soon as we can and we will of course let you know via social media and email. Please make sure you follow us (links at the bottom of the page) or are signed up to our newsletter.

If the mid week blocks you are interested in are full, please remember we run Saturday morning Pay as You Go Tennis and these sessions are a brilliant way to get in weekly tennis with great quality coaching.

If a block states it is fully booked, it is always worth completing the contact form to double check as people do sometimes move groups or we can put you on our waiting list.

Red Ball (Beginner, improver)

  • Mondays – Mon 3Β  Jan to Mon 4 Apr – 6 – 8 year olds at 4 – 5pm
  • Wednesdays – Wed 5 Jan to Wed 9 Apr – 5 – 6 year olds at 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Wednesdays – Wed 5 Jan to Wed 9 Apr – 7 – 8 year olds at 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Thursdays – Thurs 7 Jan to Thurs 8 Apr – 6 – 8 year olds at 4 – 5pm

Red Ball (Intermediate/Advanced)

  • Tuesdays Advanced – Tues 4 Jan to Tues 5 Apr – 6 – 8 year olds at 4 – 5.30pm

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for any of the Red Ball blocks please complete our contact form.

"Both of my kids and myself attend tennis lessons at Elly Shearman Tennis Coaching club. We all love them and all staff are excellent and professional. Highly recommended!"
Luisa Paches, via Google Reviews

Red ball tennis kids
Red Ball kids

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Junior Coaching FAQs

It will depend on your child’s age and skill, we will inform you when your child is ready to move to the next group.

At Elly Shearman Tennis Coaching we encourage progression within our sport, we will of course let you know when your child is ready to move up a group. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch.

As a general rule for U10s, if they put the end of the handle in their armpit with the racket running along their arm, they should just be able to touch the end of the racket. By the time children are 11+ they will probably be using a full size 27” racket.

If you are unsure please ask your coach when you next see them and they will be able to advise.

Yes, we are able to support people completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), please get in touch with Elly directly.

We are an inclusive club and we want to encourage as many people to play tennis as possible. We have a number of squads for teens but we also offer drop in sessions for teens who just want to play for fun and not commit to a weekly more competitive session. All details can be found here - Pay-as-you go Tennis Sessions

Elly Shearman Tennis Coaching only coaches at Kings Lawn Tennis Club. Our head coach, Elly Shearman is part of the Avon Tennis Coaching team and will coach at different clubs as part of this role.

Yes, we would love to do more curriculum tennis, if your school is interested please feel free to give them our details. However, many schools have multi-sport programs working out of their school or running in their PE lessons and this can sometimes hinder whether they want tennis experts coming in as well.

If these FAQs don’t provide you with the answer you are looking for please contact us.

Lost property is placed in the foyer in the Kings Tennis Club Clubhouse. Items will be taken to a charity shop on the last Friday of the month so please try to pick up any lost property quickly!

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