LTA Youth Programme

Inspired by LTA Youth ambassador Emma Raducanu?

We run courses for children aged 4 – 18, packed full of fun games and dynamic training. We want kids to bring all their energy to tennis; no ‘quiet please’ needed here.

*If your child has never played tennis before, LTA Youth Start is the programme for them.

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Specialist coaches will make sure every child has the best start to their tennis journey in a safe and inclusive environment. Sessions cater to all abilities, so no one gets left behind. 

Start

(Age 4-11)

This is a fun starter course for children who have never played the sport before, or may have played very little. Packed full of fun games and training drills, it also gives parents the chance to join in too. 

Explore the different Youth stages below:

Key points:

  • Although we’ve assigned ages to each stage, this is just a guide.
  • We understand kids want to play in groups and with their friends, so whatever stage they start at, all kids will see progression.
  • In every LTA Youth stage, kids will be active, having fun and developing skills!

Blue Stage

Learn the basics (Age 4-6)

This is an introduction to tennis. Here, we’ll help kids improve their balance, agility and co-ordination while teaching them about the sport we love. At this stage it’s not about winning or losing, it’s just getting to grips with the basics.

Red Stage

Serve, rally and score (Age 6-8)

This will look a bit more like the tennis you know. You’ll see overarm serves, rallies and volleys. Coaches will help children to further develop their co-ordination, balance and speed. We’ll introduce relaxed competition here too.

Orange Stage

Develop a rounded game (Age 8-9)

Time to throw in some tactics, problem-solving, and guides to sportsmanship and leadership. At this stage children will know all of the rules and will be serving and returning in matches.

Green Stage

Test your skills (Age 9-10)

This is the big one. It’s time for kids to play on full size courts. Now it’s all about growing their game by fine tuning and refining the techniques they’ve learned so far. 

Yellow Stage

Take your skills further (Age 10+)

Time to find your game. Playing on a full size court with the same size balls the pros use, kids will continue to explore different styles on the court, and start to choose their own. 

Choose your Advantage