GDTennis Development Programmes

GDTennis development programmes form the backbone of the coaching programme at each club, park, or school. It is here that almost all new players will experience their first taste of tennis. Our development programmes cater for players aged 3 years and upward, offering a variety of sessions as below:

  • Term-time Development Coaching Programme: Tots tennis, Mini Tennis, Junior Squads
  • Holiday and Half-term Tennis Camps (including multi-sports)
  • Adult Coaching Programme

Tots Mini Tennis

Tots is for children aged 3 to 5 years old and enables them to learn the basics and how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on the fundamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and racket and ball skills. Tots play with sponge balls and 17 or 19-inch rackets and the focus is about making it as much fun as possible. Tots tennis sessions will be scheduled to run on weekday afternoons between the hours of 1pm and 3pm, so that parents can bring their children along after nursery or pre-school.

Mini Tennis

Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport for children aged 5-10yrs. The use of smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls, allows Mini Tennis enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age, whilst having lots of fun. There are four stages of LTA Mini Tennis; Tots (as above), Red, Orange and Green, each with their own court size and type of ball.

Mini Tennis Red (4-8yrs)

Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.

What age is Mini Tenis Red aimed at?
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 & under.

What ball is used?
A foam or felt ball is used which is 75% slower than a yellow ball.

What size court is red ball played on?
A court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m or 12m x 6m. It's fine to use badminton court lines.

What height is the net?
The net is at a height of 80cm (in the middle).

What racket is best to use?
A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player.

Where can I play Mini Tennis Red?
Mini Tennis Red should be available at a club or park near you. To find your local place to play use the search facility to the right.

What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Red?

Players are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams and as individuals, with short matches using tie-break scoring.

Mini Tennis Orange (8-9yrs)

Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics. It is the next stage before playing on a full sized court and helps players develop different shots and tactics.

What age is Mini Tennis Orange aimed at?
Mini Tennis Orange is for players aged 8 and 9.

What ball is used?
An orange ball is used which is 50% slower than a yellow ball, giving players better control at this important stage of development.

What size court is Mini Tennis Orange played on?
Mini Tennis Orange is played on a 18m x 6.5m court.

What height is the net?
80cm at the middle of the net.

What racket is best to use?
A racket of 58cm – 63 cm (23” – 25”) should be used depending on the size and strength of the player.

Where can I play Mini Tennis Orange?
Mini Tennis Orange should be available at a club or park local to you. To find your local place to play use the search facility to the right.

What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Orange?
At Mini Tennis Orange there are team and individual competitions with matches using tie-break scoring - usually the best of three tie-breaks.

Mini Tennis Green (9-10yrs)

Mini Tennis Green is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Orange. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players develop and improve all aspects of their game.

What age is Mini Tennis Green aimed at?
Mini Tennis Green is for players aged 9 & 10.

What ball is used?
A green ball is used, which is 25% slower than a yellow ball.

What size court is Mini Tennis Green played on?
Mini Tennis Green is played on a normal size court. Doubles matches should also be played on a normal size court with singles sticks in place (if available).

What height is the net?
The net is at full height.

What racket is best to use?
A bigger racket of 63cm – 66cm (25” – 26”) should be used but not compulsory.

Where can I play Mini Tennis Green?
Mini Tennis Green should be available at your local club or park. It is also played at county, regional and national level. To find your local place to play or competition use the search facility to the right.

What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Green?
At Mini Tennis Green there are individual and team competitions, with scoring extended to short sets.

Junior Coaching Squads

The Junior Squads programme offers players aged 11 and over a variety of sessions graded by ability where players can build on what they have learnt through the Mini Tennis programme. These sessions vary from fun orientated sessions, to more intensive training sessions where players will be able to develop their technique and tactics, as well as the physical and mental side of the game. Players in this programme will be encouraged to enter junior competitions and tournaments as well as team competitions.

Holiday and Half-term Tennis Camps

GDT have been running tennis camps for children aged 5-15yrs across venues in Berkshire and surrounding counties for 15 years. GDT camps have become the most fun and exciting feature in many kids summer holiday schedules. The camps run daily throughout the school holiday periods with time options of 10am-1pm, 10am-3pm and for working parents who need a little extra 8.30-4.30pm.

From day one, the children are continually assessed on ability and age to guarantee they are in the right groups. Therefore they will receive the correct level of tuition to improve their skills.

For more information on our Tennis Camps programme, please visit the Camps page.

Adult Coaching Programmes

GDTennis offer a number of coaching sessions for adults, and depending on the venues size and court allocation, players can elect from the following:

  • Daytime adult sessions
  • Drills evenings
  • Cardio Tennis
  • Tennis Xpress
  • Team practice sessions
  • Tennis Tuesdays
  • Touch Tennis