Beach ball tennis

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Beach ball tennisUsing beach balls is a great way to make tennis easy and fun for very young children, and also beginner juniors and even adults. Have a look at the video below where you can see children aged 4 & 5 actually playing a proper game of tennis with a beach ball, which they couldn’t do with small balls. I sometimes have children as young as 3 doing bounce-ups with beach balls. Continue Reading »

99 Ways to market your tennis programme part 10 – referrals

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

11714565_webReferrals are basically other people doing your marketing for you. When it comes to a people-industry like tennis coaching, the power of recommendations is massive.

If you are doing a great job and providing people with an amazing experience, they will naturally talk to others about your programme. But there are things you can do to make it happen even more….. Continue Reading »

Some good videos on tennis fitness, co-ordination & technique

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’m always scouring youtube for good stuff – you know, kittens riding bikes, dogs juggling – that kind of thing. But sometimes I take a break from that to watch good tennis instruction vids. I’ve put together whole playlists of them on My Youtube Channel

I’ve just stumbled across TopTennisTrainingNet – they’ve got some really good vids on youtube – a few which are straight up instruction on the shots, but nice & simple, some which are drills, some fitness / ABCS etc. Check them out. I don’t have any link or affiliation to them. Continue Reading »

Race to the baseline – a serving game for 4 year olds through to pros!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

rece to the baselineHere is a very simple but effective serving game which I use a lot! It works for groups of 4 year olds upwards, but as with many drills and games, it can be adapted for players right up to a very high level – just by changing some of the conditions.
You can see me show the game in the video below, but here are the basics:

  1. The children are all spaced out along the net with a cone – only a couple of feet back from the net.
  2. They serve – could be overarm or even a simple underarm serve.
  3.  Every time they get their serve in, they move their cone back by one racket length.
  4. It’s a race to get back as far as they can.

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99 Ways to market your tennis programme part 9 – websites where you can list your programme

Friday, September 12th, 2014

In part 8 I talked about free online directories where you can list your tennis programme. This post is simple – it will just list any sites where you can list your tennis programme or your personal coaching services. Some will be free, some paid, some international, others limited to particular countries.

I will add to this post any time I come across a new site. Please do your bit by adding any of your own ideas in the comments section.

So, here’s the list………………………. Continue Reading »

A warm up for groups of 3-4 year olds – The Mini Olympics

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

tennis warm up 3 year oldHere is a warm up you can do with 3-4 year olds, but also works with older children as well.

It’s just a circuit of little exercises. You need to set it up in advance of the lesson, do a quick demo of all the exercises to the kids, then let them do it. They can go round the circuit a few times. See the video below where I show you examples. Continue Reading »

99 Ways To Market Your Tennis Program, part 8 – Free Online Directories

Monday, August 11th, 2014

tennis marketingGo to google and search for the service that you are offering. For instance, if you are a tennis coach in New York, you might search for:

  • Tennis lessons New York
  • Kids Tennis New York
  • Childrens Tennis New York

You get the idea.

I searched for “tennis lessons Leatherhead” – one of the areas where I coach. The following results came up……… Continue Reading »

What equipment can you use to teach 3-4 year olds tennis?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

tennis-3-4-yearsI am asked often about what equipment can be used when teaching 3-4 year olds tennis. I do lots of this at the moment, and there are several bits of equipment which I just wouldn’t be without – they make the lesson more fun and give the kids some success by making it easier for them – even a little 3 year old who can’t catch a ball or hit from a drop feed. Continue Reading »

99 Ways To Market Your Tennis Programme, Part 7 – Facebook Page

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Tennis Facebook PageNo doubt Facebook is here to stay, and is growing as a way for businesses to market themselves. And a Facebook page is a must for your tennis business.

A couple of concerns that some people have with Facebook are:

  • “I don’t want my clients seeing all my personal info, my photos, what I’ve been up to etc.”
  • “I’m not into Facebook, just not into it, don’t want to know what my friends had for breakfast etc. etc.

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Catch Your Way In – A Fun Kids’ Tennis Game

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Kids Tennis DrillThis game is a bit of an oldie – but keep reading for some ways to adapt it for very young children. And keep in mind, these kind of games are a bit of fun for the last few minutes of the lesson, not the main content of the lessonContinue Reading »