Part funded through Dorset LTA and the LTA, we run regular county training for all LTA Junior County Cup age groups - 8U, 9U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U.
Debbie Hale is County Coach for 8U to 11U and Rob Booth for 12U to 18U.
The programme will see the top players in the county come together to train with each other to optimise their development. For those who continue to progress, they will achieve county representation in identified team events against other counties.
This opportunity is designed to support home club coaching. Players will train and meet with each other on a regular basis to complement their club/coach programme. The sessions will be high intensity, fun, group based with an overall aim to enable a team ethos and assess the best pairings for future doubles matches in county events. The programme is invitational.
Players will have opportunities to represent their county as part of a county team and County Training will be delivered by local coaches who have specialised training and a track record of working with county performance players.
The County Lead Coaches work with coaches around the county to build strong links to develop players into county players.
County Friendly Matches
When and where possible, as part of County Training, the Lead Coach will set up friendly county matches against other counties. These matches offer the Lead Coach the following:
- Select players that may be involved with County Cup events in the future
- Give opportunities to players to represent the County.
- Create more competitive experiences as a team.
Depending on the number of matches that can be arranged, it is usually, the goal of the Lead Coach that as many players within age groups will take part in a county match.
Get in touch
If you feel you know or work with a developing player, please contact Debbie or Rob.
Tennis Parents Community Facebook Group
Simon Spalter (Tennis Volunteer Group) and Kay Gilbert (Wiltshire Club & Avon County Volunteer) have launched the Tennis Parents Community Facebook Group, connecting parents on a similar journey to share ideas and experiences, ask each other practical questions, and ultimately decide for themselves how they can best support their children. Over 300 parents have already joined, bringing their informed views to the conversations from their experiences, and some also from their roles as teachers, healthcare professionals, players, or even coaches.
“Parents have an essential role in the development of junior tennis players, making sacrifices to support them financially, logistically, emotionally, and shaping their values,” said Kay, who’s children all played county tennis. “There is a lot that parents can learn from each other, especially those who are new to the role or even the sport.”
Simon added, “Most parents have the best interest of their children at heart, but we can all think of examples where parents have unrealistic expectations, put pressure on children by overemphasising winning, or lack emotional control themselves. The group is a great way to open discussions about these tricky subjects, or to simply get quick answers to whatever practical issues they face.
You can join at the following link: