Junior Squads and Pods What to Expect September 2020


For a guide to the different junior classes, see here.


Junior coaching and club play sessions will be up and running from 7th September 2020

Please be assured that we have conducted a full safety audit following recommendations set by Tennis Ireland and are fully prepared to adhere to the new procedures.

By keeping numbers low and children working in “pods” we have planned for safe and quality tennis.

While other clubs have been raising fees, we have lowered our fees while simplifying the structure which had become complicated.

Our new simple price structure is:

Members 1 hour:  £5 per session  £40 this term

Members 90 min:  £7.50 per session  £60 this term

Non-Members: 1 hour  £7.50 per session  £60 this term

Non-Members: 90 min  £10 per session  £80 this term

Members, just log in to Acebook and click on each class you would like to be registered for, e.g. if you pay for a term of orange ball on Tuesday, you must click on and register for each Tuesday's class through the term.


Non-members, register by going to:


then log in and click on the class you'd like your child to attend.

You must register for every week of the term you have paid for, not just the first week.

Once your place is registered please pay for the term block by electronic bank transfer to the coaching account (not for membership payments):

"C I Y M S" (include spaces between the letters), sort code 95 01 21, account no. 6278 1794

Under payment reference provide name and class code :

Elite Yellow: EY

Red: R

Orange: O

Green: G

Yellow: Y

Performance: P


e.g. “Alice Ace EY” or “Victor Volley P”


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

  • You will be asked daily if your child and your family feel well as you are checked in on site

  • 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

  • All equipment will have been sprayed down, however children will be asked not to touch coaching equipment

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

  • Coaches will pick up balls and children will be shown how to return and pool balls by racquet or racquet and foot

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

  • There are no rubbish bins on site during this phase of reopening, so please pack a small plastic bag and take rubbish home

  • We have revised our First Aid procedures and a first aid kit including mask and gloves will be courtside

  • Any children displaying illness will be isolated and parents contacted

  • Classes will wind up 5 minutes before end of session in order get balls in and children exiting courts safely.


Above all your child should expect lots of fun, lots of good tennis in a safe environment!

Junior class descriptions:

Red ball:

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.


Orange ball:

This is a step up from a red ball class and aimed at children 6-9 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.


Green ball:

This is a progression from an orange ball class aimed at children from 9-11years.  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.


Yellow ball

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.