CIYMS Tennis Coaching Program

Meet Our Head Coach

I’m Johnny Abosi and have been coaching tennis now for 15 and over years. I’ve played tennis all my life and am extremely passionate about the beautiful game.

Having represented Ghana, as a junior player, I have gone on to play for Ireland at senior level, taking part in the Four Nations Championships and also playing at the World Championships. I enjoy playing for Ulster regularly and have captained the Ulster Senior Interprovincial Team. As well as coaching and playing, I love competing at a high level.

As a coach, I work with players from all walks of life, and nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see them improve and the happiness that this brings people. I’m all about having fun on court but what gives me the greatest satisfaction is the hard work put in to improve every aspect of the game.

Coaching Qualifications: TI (Tennis Ireland), PTR (Professional Tennis Registry), RPT (Registered Professional de Tennis), MTI (Modern Tennis International)

Junior Tennis

If you're looking for a place where your kids can play tennis, look no further than CIYMS, Belfast. Our junior program is thriving—we have juniors of all ages and abilities!

We offer classes in Red, Orange, Green and Yellow ball tennis.

Our head coach Johnny also leads a special elite class every Monday.

If you have any questions about our program, feel free to contact us at headcoach@ciymstennisclub.org or call Johnny on 07825 711545.

Our Term TimeTable 

Term 1 – Sept-Halloween (8 Weeks, £40 members Non-Members £

Term 2 – Nov – Christmas (7 Weeks, £35 members Non-Members £52.50)

Term 3 – Jan – Easter (TBC)

Term 4 – Easter – June (TBC)

Summer Camps & Tournaments

How much do our Junior classes cost?

1.5 hour sessions £7.5 Members and £10 non-members

1 Hour sessions £5 and £7.5

All classes will be available to register and pay through our Acebook system.

More details on junior classes can be found below along with how to register on Acebook if not already done.

So, what should you expect and what should you bring to junior sessions?

  • Please arrive early to check in with the coach or volunteer. This particularly applies on the first week to reconcile payments and emergency contact numbers

  • Your child will need to bring their own tennis racquet

  • Your child will be asked to sanitise hands on arrival

  • Your child should bring a pocket sanitiser and will be encouraged to use it frequently throughout the day

  • Additional sanitisers are held with each coach

  • Coaches will work to minimise children handling balls through use of live ball drills

  • Please bring a minimum amount of possessions courtside, ideally racquet, jacket and water

 
Junior class descriptions:

 

This is aimed at 4-7 year olds. It’s played with a larger than normal red transition, low compression ball. This makes the ball easier to use for the younger children giving a much higher rate of success. The emphasis here is in fun and the learning of simple A,B,C’s agility, balance and coordination. Technical content is very basic and only at grass root and fundamental levels.

All red class last for 1hr.

This is a step up from a red ball class and aimed at children 8-9 years old. It uses a normal size low compression transition orange ball. This stops the ball bouncing to high for the children and assists them to develop their technical and tactical skills and allows them to rally and score. Coaching become more technical and various different grips are introduced e.g. eastern and semi western.

Orange ball classes are 1hr.

This is a progression from an orange ball class aimed at children from 10-11 years.  The ball used is normal sized and has a compression level between an orange ball and a normal standard tennis ball. Green class are play on a 3/4 sized tennis court and kids are encouraged to serve, rally, score and compete. All elements of tennis are introduced during lessons. Projection, reception, technique, body biomechanics and tactical awareness.

Green ball classes are 1.5hrs.

Orange ball classes are 1hr.

This is the progression from a green ball class. They are aimed at children from 10 years old to adult level. A standard tennis ball is used hence the bounce is higher so the children must be able to play a competent game of tennis with a green ball in order to progress on. All aspects of tennis or covered during a term of yellow ball classes. Techniques, tactics, biomechanics, fitness etc. The children are always encouraged to play, compete and score at this level.

All yellow ball classes are 1.5 hrs.

Adult Tennis

We're here to help you learn how to play tennis and get as good at it as you can.

We're here to help you learn how to play tennis and get as good at it as you can.

Whether you want to be a beginner or go all the way to an advanced level, we can help you get there. We offer beginner classes for those who want to learn the basics of tennis, intermediate classes for those who have been playing for a while and want to improve their technique and accuracy, and advanced classes for those who are looking to compete against others in competition leagues.

We also offer three Club Play sessions a week so that members can get together with other players and practice their skills in fun competitive doubles matches.

In addition, we have options for internal tournaments & League play if you’re looking for some extra challenge!

If you have any questions about our program, feel free to contact us at headcoach@ciymstennisclub.org or call Johnny on 07825 711545.

Our Adult Tennis Time Table 

Tennis Leagues

CIYMS Tennis Club enters teams throughout the year in the Belfast & District leagues, at all levels from Division 1 to more social competition.

These include;

    • Men’s and Women’s Autumn League (October/November, Saturday mornings)
    • Mixed Floodlit League (January/ February evenings)
    • Men’s and Women’s Winter League (February/March, Saturday mornings)
    • Men’s and Women’s Singles League (March/April evenings)
    • Men’s and Women’s Evergreen League (May/June, Friday evenings)
    • Mixed League (April/May, evenings)
    • Men’s and Women’s Knockout Cup (July evenings)
    • Mixed Summer League (July/August, evenings)

Entry is available to all Full Playing members (subject to selection) who have paid their subscription for that period. We welcome players of all abilities so do give it a try!

Please contact our match secretary – matchsec@ciymstennisclub.org if you would be interested in playing for one of our teams.