Welcome to the Barnet LTC Tennis Coaching website
Welcome to the Barnet LTC Tennis Coaching website
We are L.T.A. Licensed Professional Tennis Coaches who work at Barnet Lawn Tennis Club. This is a great club in North London which has achieved L.T.A. Clubmark status, and has 8 courts (5 floodlit). If you want to know more about the club, including membership, teams, competition, social tennis and events, then please look around the club website. If you want to know more about the coaching programme then we hope this website will give you comprehensive information about this and lots more useful stuff besides!
If you have any questions, let us know.
In our entire junior coaching programme we work to a maximum of 4 players per court (or mini tennis court). For our mini tennis red groups John or Doug teach no more than 6 players at once, and this increases to a maximum of 10 if they are assisted by a Level 1 Coach. In all other groups we teach no more than 8 players per group, and up to 12 if assisted by a Level 1 coach. In holiday groups when more courts may be available we may take up to 4 more players in these groups but with another Level 1 Coach to help. These policies ensure the children we teach have plenty of coach time, and that more of their time is spent on the court rather than standing waiting in a long line. All our courses are available to members of Barnet Lawn Tennis Club and also non-members. Club members receive a discount on courses.
As with our junior coaching programme, with our adult players we work only to a maximum of 4 players per court. John and Doug also teach no more than 8 players in a group and up to 12 if assisted by a Level 1 Coach. These policies ensure everyone has plenty of coach time and players are kept active rather than waiting in long lines. All our courses, apart from team training, are available to members of Barnet Lawn Tennis Club and non-members. Club members receive a discount on courses.
We try to offer something for all standards of play within our junior coaching programme, form ages 5 to 16 years. Our weekly junior courses run during school term time, and we have Saturday and weekday options. We have a pathway for progression which starts with Mini Tennis Red Starter and leads up to our Junior Intermediate Group. Players who show particular aptitude and willingness to compete will be selected for our Invitation or Challenge Squads.
Both John and Doug really love the Modern Tennis International teaching progressions, and we regularly use their syllabus material and lesson plans. It’s so easy to teach and learn, and gets results quicker than other teaching systems we have used. Parents can also help their kids to improve by using the simple M.T.I. progressions. We think it's great to reward players for improvement, so we will be awarding M.T.I. certificates and badges to players of all ages who pass each level. Tennis has for so long lagged behind other sports such as swimming, gymnastics and martial arts in this respect. Only players who have won tournaments have been awarded for achievement. Now kids of all abilities have that chance! We introduced this in some of our groups last term and the kids love it. Our website News page will now be able to show kids and parents how they are doing too.
For more details about each group please click here.
Holiday Group Coaching
During school holiday time our weekly junior courses take a well-earned break and we run weekday holiday camps. The way we have always run these is to take Mini Tennis Camps for 5-8 year olds in the morning for 2 hours, and then the older junior players in the afternoon either for 2 or 3 hours. We are reviewing our holiday programme at the moment so we might change this format for 2012. One possibility is to offer a choice of all day courses or just morning or afternoon. Whatever we decide it will be run within our maximum numbers per coach and court policies (see above). If you have any ideas or opinions on the format for our holiday camps then we'd love to hear from you. We will run holiday camps in Easter Holidays, Summer holidays, and most Half Terms. Downloadable forms for all of these will be made available on this web page as soon as we have them ready.
In holiday time we also sometimes offer other events and competitions in addition to our coaching courses. These have included Fun Days, Junior American Tournaments, Mini Tennis and Junior Matchplay Days, Handicap Events and Round Robins, and our own version of the Davis Cup. We will continue to offer other events for juniors in addition to our coaching programme, and these will be advertised on our website.
We run special invitation squads (usually 4 players) for juniors who we feel are showing particular promise in each age group. These players will receive a discount on the usual private squad rate for 4 players provided they achieve minimum targets we set in terms of effort and commitment.
Our Challenge Squad programme is available for talented players who are prepared to commit to a practice schedule set by the coaches. John and Doug design the whole practice schedule, so players know who they are practicing with, when they are practicing and what they are working on.
Forms for these squads are not available on the website, as they are only for invited players. If you are interested and think you might have what it takes to be in one of these squads then please contact John or Doug.
On Sundays during school term time we run weekly adult group lessons. The courses are for beginner, improver and intermediate level players. Many of our now established club members started their tennis in these groups and enjoyed them so much they decided to join. A lot of the players join term after term. We like to include plenty of singles and doubles tactics in addition to working on technique.
For more details about each group (not shown on form due to lack of space) please click here.
Team Player Training
We also offer squads for team players so players can practice with their partners and work on tactics. Please let us know if you are interested in this. You can either make up your own group or we can try to match you up with similar players. We can work with both singles and doubles.
This is where we coach. We think it’s the best club in North London but I guess we’re a little biased! The club has been awarded Clubmark status by the L.T.A. This recognises that the club provides a comprehensive tennis programme for all ages and abilities and is operating in line with best practice.
The club has 8 courts - 4 of them are artificial grass and 4 are Claytex (a type of synthetic clay which is a carpet court with rubber granules). Five of the courts now have floodlights. There are no entry requirements and the club caters for all ages and abilities. There are plenty of opportunities for social tennis and our internal competitions have great formats which always attract lots of entries. The club also has teams competing in Herts and Middlesex in both summer and winter. American Tournaments 1-day and similar events are held on most Bank Holidays. During the summer there are coach-led Men’s and Ladies’ Nights subsidised by the club. There is also a wide variety of social events and fully licensed bar with a large TV.
There is a strong junior section. The club also provides a great selection of events for them in addition to the coaching programme. These include Junior American Tournaments, Barnet Davis Cup Day, Singles Leagues, Matchplay Days, Junior Club Championships and Junior Autumn Championships. There is also an annual Adult/Junior Tournament. During the summer term and through September, Junior Club members enjoy Junior Night on Fridays run by John and/or Doug free of charge.
As with the adults we run teams in the AEGON Middlesex League. These can be for teams ranging between 8 and Under (Mini Tennis Red) and 18 and Under.