Tennis - JuniorThe junior tennis coaching programme at Edinburgh Leisure is recognised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) as being second to none! Our structured pathway allows children to develop their skills in groups with players of similar age and ability and progress from beginner stage to regional and national standard.
Suitable for children 3-5 years, Tots Tennis offers a fun introduction to the sport allowing parents or helpers to be on court with their children. This is an ideal starting point for progression into the Mini Tennis coaching programme.
Mini Tennis - Red Level
Three separate class options based on age and ability for players in school years P1-2. Introduces basic tactics and techniques on mini courts with soft red balls in a fun learning environment.
Mini Tennis - Orange Level
Four separate class options based on age and ability for players in school years P3-4. Introduces use of tactics and techniques for all shots on mini courts with low compression orange balls.
Mini Tennis - Green Level
Four separate class options based on age and ability for players in school years P5-6. Introduces use of tactics and advanced techniques for all shots on mini courts with low compression green balls.
Five separate class options based on age and ability for players in school years P7, S1-2. Introduces use of tactics and techniques for all shots on a full size court with green and yellow balls.
Five separate class options based on age and ability for players in school years S3-6. Encourages consistency of tactics and techniques for all shots on a full size court with yellow balls.
Tennis - Adult
It's not all about juniors. We also offer expert coaching for adults of all ages and abilities.
New To Tennis
Ideal for total beginners, this six week course will teach you all the basic skills of tennis and ensure you progress onto the next course most suitable for your needs and ability.
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A fun course spread over four days for 'beginner' and 'improver' level players to learn new tennis skills with the assistance of a coach.
Sessions suitable for those who have some basic skills or have completed our New To Tennis six week course.
These sessions are aimed at those who have some tennis experience, can serve, keep score and get a rally going.
Suitable for club standard players or those with a good level of tennis experience. Our coach will guide you through advanced drills and tactical situations.
Coaching sessions mixed with matchplay created specifically for women of an 'improver' to 'advanced' standard.
What do I need to know about tennis?
Tennis is played by millions of recreational players, at all ages, and is a popular worldwide spectator sport. The sport demands excellent fitness, aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed, and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements
At Edinburgh Leisure children and adults will learn tennis in a safe and inspirational environment, whether it’s at our specialist tennis centre at Craiglockhart, the outdoor Meadow Tennis Complex or one of our other tennis or leisure venues across the city. In all instances, we provide quality tennis facilities and equipment, ensuring a real tennis experience. Our tennis coaching programme has been recognised by Tennis Scotland and its ‘Tennis Mark’ accreditation scheme.
What should my child wear?
Children should wear appropriate comfortable clothing that they can move around and be active in, for example t-shirts, shorts, jogging bottoms and trainers. We ask children not to wear sandals or croc-type shoes for tennis. For our outdoor tennis we can experience a mix of weather conditions so at certain times of the year a pair of gloves may come in handy. If you are unsure, please check before coming along. Please also tie long hair back and remove any jewellery, and children should take a water bottle into their class with them.
Are there places to watch the tennis coaching?
The renowned Craiglockhart Leisure & Tennis Centre provides an area around and above the internal and external courts where parents can watch their children during their lessons. When spectating you may see some of our coaches using phones or PC tablet devices at the start or during your child’s lesson. This is for registering attendance and providing feedback on your child’s progress, so please be assured they are focused and committed to providing a quality experience. Craiglockhart also has a café and various seated areas where you can wait while your child is in their class.
Are there any opportunities to get involved?
Parents of children up to the age of 5 in our Tots Tennis classes are an important part of the class where both the children and adults have great fun learning and socialising together. From the age of 5 (Red) upwards, parents are not involved in the class but if your child is aged 9 or below, then parents need to remain in the centre during your child’s lesson.
When can my child start tennis?
The wonderful thing about tennis is you can start playing and enjoying the sport at any age. Our classes start at the age of 3 and go right through to adult. Classes are specifically designed so that whatever your age you can start to play, develop and enjoy the fantastic game of tennis.