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Profile of our Coach - Tom Hunt

Tom is a fully licensed LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) professional club coach. Tom runs Croftside’s coaching programme, including one-to-one and group sessions for both adults and children.

A fantastic all round coach, Tom also specialises in junior coaching and has extensive experience of preschool infant and junior tennis coaching. He has coached previously at the David Lloyd centre in Cheadle.  He is a former Cheshire Schools Champion and was in the Cheshire County LTA junior squad.  He is also a qualified FA Football coach and plays for Wilmslow Albion FC.

Please call Tom on 07506 756589 for more details

Senior Coaching

Daytime senior coaching:

Tom Hunt runs adult coaching sessions (£5 a session) on Tuesday mornings at 10-11am during term time for beginners and improvers. These sessions are aimed at members who want to further develop their tennis skills, anyone who wants to return to playing tennis and complete beginners. Just turn up and play!

One-to-one coaching

This can be arranged directly with Tom Hunt on 07506 756589.

Junior Coaching

Does your son or daughter want to learn to play tennis or improve their tennis skills?

Then why not come down for junior coaching sessions at Croftside Tennis Club?  Our professional coach, Tom Hunt, holds coaching sessions every Saturday morning throughout the year and Wednesday afternoons, weather permitting. Tom runs four sessions on Saturdays and three sessions on Wednesdays at different levels for different ages. Parents should phone Tom (07506 756589) if they are unsure of the right session for their child.

All equipment is provided so you don’t have to bring anything – soft balls and child-friendly racquets are used so that all children can learn easily. Parents are very welcome to stay and watch if they wish.

The cost is £5 per session per child, payable on the day.  Juniors who are new to tennis, or new to Croftside Tennis Club, are welcome to attend 3 coaching sessions (if places are available) without becoming a member.  If they want to continue after that, they will be required to become a member of the club and must also have a parent/guardian as a member (playing or non- playing). See membership rates for further details.

Junior tennis coaching for young children uses different ball colours and different court sizes depending on the age of the child. Therefore the ‘group’ colour below relates to the type of ball used for each age group:-

Saturday mornings (all year):-

Red 2 – 9.00-9.45am (3-5 years)

Red 1 – 9.45-10.30am (5-8 years)

Orange/Green – 10.30-11.15am (8-11 years)

Yellow 2– 11.15-12.00pm (11-15 years))

Yellow 1 12.00- 1.00pm (11-15 years)

Tuesday afternoons (April to October)

Red – 4.00-5.00pm

Wednesday afternoons (April to October):-

Orange – 4.00-5.00pm (8-11 years)

Green – 5.00-6.00pm (11-15 years)

Junior coaching notes

The court size is adjusted by using cones or strips depending on the ball colour used.

  • RED – Red balls are the outdoor version of a sponge ball for the youngest children. The soft balls are easier for young children to control
  • ORANGE – These are smaller than red balls and move faster through the air. They are still soft balls so still easy to control
  • GREEN – These are the same size as an orange ball but slightly heavier giving them more of the feel of a ‘real’ tennis ball (yellow) when hit. Green balls also bouncemore than the orange balls.
  • YELLOW – standard LTA tennis balls used by all experienced players.

School Holiday Tennis Camps

Tennis Camps are open to 6-14 year olds of any playing standard, open to members and non-members. All equipment will be provided but children can bring their own racquets if they have them. They will need to wear tennis shoes if they have them or trainers if they don’t. Please wear appropriate clothing and brings drinks and snacks. For further information phone Tom on 07506 756589.  Advance registration is essential as places are limited.

Dates of half term and summer holiday camps are announced on regular newsletters.