Coaching Programme at Wedmore Tennis Club

We run extensive coaching courses throughout the year for members and non-members, and have coaching programmes that you can view below, and further information on our calendar.

Our coaching programmes:

For adults: Adult Mixed Coaching, Rusty Rackets, Ladies’ Beginners, Ladies’ Improvers, Cardio Tennis, Individual Coaching.

For Juniors: Group Coaching from tots to teens, plus Individual Coaching

We run School Holiday Camps for kids. Information for these will be in your News section and on our Calendar as and when they run.

Coaching is available for members and non-members and separate payment rates apply. 

Group coaching is booked per coaching block and payment is in advance.

Pro rata rates apply for those joining during a coaching block.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

– Group sessions which are cancelled, due to bad weather or coach illness, will either be refunded or the cost of the session will be deducted from the next coaching block.

– Individual coaching sessions which are cancelled, due to bad weather or coach illness will be rearranged at the customer’s convenience.

– 24 hours’ notice of cancellation is required for individual coaching lessons, unless there are exceptional circumstances, otherwise payment will be incurred.

Coaching Timetables

Click on the timetables to view.

Junior Coaching

3rd June – 20th July 2019

Adult Coaching

3rd June – 20th July 2019

Junior Tennis

Tots tennis (age: 3-5 years)

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.

Mini red (age: 5-8 years)

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.

Mini orange (age: 8-9 years)

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.

Mini Green (age: 10 years)

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 25-26″ rackets. Mini green players can work on fully developing their technique and tactical play before progressing onto the full ball.

MEET OUR HEAD COACH

Shaun Carrol – Head Coach

I am very excited about this opportunity at Wedmore Tennis Club and am enthusiastic about improving the tennis game for all levels and ages, from complete beginner, to performance junior to aspiring club players!

I have been coaching for 30 years having played professionally before taking up my first coaching job in Wimbledon. After running a successful club program, I moved to Somerset to take up the position of Head Coach at Blackbrook Tennis Centre

I am an LTA Level 4 performance coach with LTA accredited plus membership and have been both a previous Junior Davis Cup Coach and Somerset County Captain for 15 years. I have been Coach to 10 national champions, 6 junior Wimbledon players and 10 junior grand slam players and various county champions.

We are going to run an extensive individual, group and holiday camp timetable through-out the year, so feel free to contact me with regards to any coaching activity at the club.

Coaching rate:

Fees: £30.00 per hour

SPECIAL OFFER: pay for 10 lessons in advance and receive 1 extra lesson FREE.

Email: wedmorecoaching@gmail.com

Phone: 07837 172 342

James Mitchell – Assistant Coach

I have been involved in tennis since the age of 3, having my first coaching lessons with Shaun Carroll. Identified nationally as a junior high-performance player, I achieved many top national rankings throughout junior and senior level.

Having always lived locally, I came through the local schools of Mark and Hugh Sexeys before deciding to take up tennis as a performance sport.

I have been coaching for 5 years with experience of all levels. I am a level 3 accredited coach and am currently studying an Open University Degree in Sports, Science and Coaching. I currently coach some of the best juniors in the county, as well as running successful mini tennis squads.

I am currently the county U18 Assistant coach and Taunton School assistant coach. I also have significant experience in stringing, regripping and grommet strip replacement as I have been doing this since the age of 12 for myself, competition and club players. Contact me for options and prices.

Fees: £22.50 per hour

SPECIAL OFFER: pay for 10 lessons in advance and receive 1 extra lesson FREE.

Email: James.mitchell6@me.com

Phone: 07580 064 051

CODE OF PRACTICE

Wedmore Tennis Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with:
David Evans at committee@wedmoretennis.co.uk
As a member of Wedmore Tennis Club, please help us to abide by the following code of practice:

All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
Members should ensure that they are familiar with court etiquette.
Members must wear suitable kit and footwear for training sessions and matches, as advised by the coach.
Members should ensure that they take a suitable drink onto court with them for training sessions and matches.
Members are not allowed to consume alcohol or use drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
Members should advise their coach of any relevant medical conditions.
Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions, or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.

Wedmore Tennis Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents/guardians associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with:
David Evans at committee@wedmoretennis.co.uk 
As a parent or guardian of a young member of Wedmore Tennis Club, please help us abide by the following code of practice:

•          Encourage your child to learn the rules of tennis and play within them.
•          Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
•          Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
•          Never force your child to take part in sport.
•          Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
•          Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
•          Publicly accept judgements made by officials.
•          Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
•          Use correct and proper language at all times.
•          Allow your child to play in the Mini Tennis colour stage that is appropriate to them. This will ensure they enjoy playing the game, develop their skills and gain confidence.
•          Purchase balls and rackets that match the stage your child is in.
•          Be patient. Steady progression is unusual in children; peaks and plateaus are common.
•          At no stage should you communicate with your child or interfere with the on-court helpers and referees during a match.

● Talk quietly if you are near courts that are in use
● Do not walk behind a court during an active point. Move quickly when able
● Spin to determine who serves first
● Balls from another court should be rolled to the back of the court and not to the player unless requested to do so
● Pick up your balls from your court and return them politely to the person serving within your court
● Do not criticise your partner or opponent but offer encouragement instead
● Call out line calls clearly and if not sure, play a let
● In doubles, both receivers should agree on a line call, if not sure play a let
● Always respect the line calls of your opponent as he/she is nearest to the ball and line
● Each side should keep score – if either is not sure, go back to the point where both sides agree
● Do not argue with your partner or opponent and always be pleasant on court
● Do not deliberately hit a ball at an opponent
● Apologise if your ball hits the top of the net and falls to win the point

The LTA and Wedmore Tennis Club are committed to ensuring that tennis is played in a fair, open and inclusive nature at all levels.
Below are some of the core values of fair play for you to consider when on the court and playing tennis.

  • Respect other players, parents and officials at all times.
  • Learn and follow the rules.
  • Call the score and lines clearly.
  • Enjoy playing tennis. Be a good sport whether you win or lose.
  • Talk quietly and don’t cross other courts when they are in use.

Also, for your comfort and safety.

  • Wear suitable kit and footwear when on court.
  • Ensure you have a suitable drink with you on court when playing matches.
  • Do not chew gum on court.
  • Make sure your coach is informed of any medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes

We abide by LTA regulations and have LTA insurance. We follow LTA guidelines on Health and Safety.
For more information please follow this link to the LTA.

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