Mini Orange Tennis 8 – 9 years
How it works…
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.
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.
This description was based on the LTA website (as at 10/03/2016).
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These sessions are aimed at all players and are open, space permitting, to everyone.
Where provided, these sessions are aimed at players who are competing regularly and wish to play more seriously. Sessions are by invitation only.
Where provided, these sessions are aimed at helping players to understand and practice how fitness training for tennis should be undertaken. The fitness sessions are provided by a qualified fitness instructor.
Where provided Girls only sessions are aimed at letting girls play without boys present
What parents and players are saying
"As father in my late 40’s I picked up a racket so that I could have a reasonable knock about with my younger daughter.
My first lesson with Matt and a number of other parents was with a red ball! Several years on I now get regular group coaching with Matt, Caroline and infrequent individual lessons with Emily as I attempt to keep pace with my ever improving daughter. I realise it is a lost cause, but nevertheless enjoy trying.
Between the three of them they have taken me from a complete beginner to being able to play, sometimes quite reasonably. When I am unable to play for long periods and my game deteriorates, they stick with me; small tips, motivation and focus on strokes or game play, all help regain lost ground and make me a little better.
I’ve really come to enjoy the weekly sessions, and have developed an appreciation for a complex and challenging game that is greater than my ability. It's thanks to Matt, Caroline and Emily's enthusiasm and coaching skills that means that I can still give my daughter a run for her money!"
"My son has been having lessons with Matt at GSM tennis for a couple of years now. The difference from when he started, even though he had already been having lessons elsewhere, is incredibly.
Matt is amazing with him, he has fun but knows Matt is in charge. I would highly recommend Matt as a one to one coach. My son has also attended the holiday camps run by GSM, he has had a fab time and gained so much from the group sessions."
"My daughter has been a member of Charnwood Tennis Club since she was 8 years old. She first became interested in tennis after having some lessons in PE at school. She quickly wanted to play more and joined the Mini-Red’s on a Saturday morning...
During her time at Charnwood she’s always had a weekly lesson with Matt Wilford which she always enjoys. She loves the banter she has with him can now serve him a mean ace when she puts her mind to it. Matt has given her some invaluable tennis coaching over the years which is now paying off as now at 14 years old is now a member of one of the ladies teams..."
"As a parent of an enthusiastic tennis child, I found that GSM was pivotal in the development and success of my son’s tennis over the past 10 years.
The tennis programme run by GSM, allowed for all abilities, the squads were well run and plentiful and GSM put the interest of each child at the heart of their programme by ensuring the right abilities were placed together to gain the maximum benefit during practice.
The squad coaching and also the individual coaching is excellent, with all of the coaches acting professionally in their reliability and planning of each lesson. Many of the young lads that my son participated with have gone on to play for the County in varying age groups including the Men’s County team.
GSM also encouraged these kids to ‘give something back’ by running the Young Assistant Coach programmes and offering ‘Saturday’ jobs, for the teenagers.
I would recommend GSM to any parent whose child is interested in taking up, or progressing in this wonderful game of tennis."
"My son has been a member of Charnwood tennis club now for nearly three years, he continues to thoroughly enjoy his lessons; that are a great mixture exercise, fun and the learning of important tennis skills. The court facilities at Charnwood are excellent and Matt and his team have a genuine love of the sport and an infectious enthusiasm to pass on this knowledge to the students.
Following a club event for students and Parents; I myself have joined as a parent member (even though I have never played before) which means I can now enjoy playing tennis with my son at the weekends for a very nominal fee. As well as formal lessons we have also taken advantage of the Summer holiday clubs which again are a great mix of fun activities as well as improving tennis skills.
I would greatly recommend Charnwood as a club and would say that Matt and his coaching team all appear to love to teach the sport of tennis; and do so in such a way that the Children never feel pressured, have a great time, while also learning the importance of great sportsmanship."
"The reason I train with Tom is because he is very supportive throughout your tennis journey. Tom gives you good advice along with making the lessons fun and exciting"
"Hi ???? Ollie has been enjoying his tennis with Tim, Harry and crew. Every lesson offers new levels, challenges and most importantly smiles & laughter in a safe, friendly & comfortable environment for both parents and children. Big thumbs up to all involved."
Ste (Ollies dad)
"I love my tennis at the club and enjoy playing team singles, I have met new friends and Tim & Harry are the best coaches I the world."
"The reason I train with Tom is that he is a supportive coach all the way throughout your tennis journey. You will get much better and he explains things in a funny way and also cheers you up when you are having a bad day."
"Mini Green is fun, you make new friends and it keeps you active while learning a sport."
"For us it’s a fantastic programme at the club and the coaching teaches children to work together and to make friends, while having fun and being active they learn to listen to each other and become passionate about a sport."
"Matt has been coming in to Oxley Primary School twice weekly to provide tennis coaching for all our pupils from Reception to Year 6.
He is extremely enthusiastic and professional and always has the pupils engaged in the lesson. Matt works well alongside the school staff giving them hints and tips so they to can also give quality PE lessons.
The pupils really enjoy the tennis coaching they receive and are always keen to "have a go” when set a new challenge."