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A comprehensive tennis programme is the core of any well run place to play as it ensures the membership is engaged in the game, regardless of their reasons for playing, the key ones being; social, health, improvement and competition.
It is an excellent way to retain members and attract new ones; feeling part of an active, lively programme ensures players come back for more.
A good programme is inclusive, provides pathways to develop regardless of age and ability and caters for the various categories of member/user. You should consider the needs of all individuals when planning your tennis programme and ensure that coaching sessions and competitions are planned with the needs of all individuals in mind.
The management committee should work closely with the coach and coaching team when implementing a tennis programme; a good programme is always evolving and should be evaluated at the end of each term to ensure opportunities are maximised and members are happy with the service provided.
To promote a national standard of quality delivery, a set of minimum programme guidelines have been produced. These are updated and revised regularly to ensure they are relevant and in line with current levels of activity.
These guidelines act as the benchmark requirement for Clubmark accreditation; clubs not achieving all elements listed can work on a suitable action plan with their Tennis Development Manager. Understanding what you deliver will help you identify any gaps in your programme and to plan for its successful expansion.
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