Pinner Lawn Tennis Club is an LTA accredited Mini Tennis centre. We have a mini tennis court for little ones to start on, and have two courts for junior usage.
We believe that kids are more likely to enjoy their tennis, and therefore stick with it and improve, if the atmosphere at the club is welcoming and fun for them. To this end we run a special kids social tennis session after school on Friday afternoons, where they can play tennis from 5pm until 7ish. Hot dogs from the BBQ and coke and crisps from the bar make the session even more appealing to our younger players!
Individual and group lessons for kids are available throughout the year.
Click link for junior brochure here: pltc_nb_tennis_prog_2018
Pinner Lawn Tennis Club also runs tennis camps for kids during the Easter, Summer and Autumn school holidays. This is a fun way to introduce your child to tennis.
What is Mini Tennis?
The LTA Mini Tennis system ensures that the racquets, balls, court size, and coaching are all appropriate for your child’s age, skill, and strength. It’s a great introduction to the sport for young children between 4 and 10 years old.
There are three levels of Mini Tennis; Red, Orange and Green, each with their own court size and type of ball.
Red Mini Tennis: 8 years and under
Red ball is a great way for players to start out in tennis and is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on smaller courts with shorter rackets and softer balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.
Age: Red ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 & under.
Ball: A red felt ball.
Court: 11m x 5.5m.
Net: The net is lower than yellow ball tennis at a height of 80cm.
Racquet: A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended.
Orange Mini Tennis: for 8 and 9 year olds
Orange ball mini tennis is a great way for players to continue their progress from red ball. It is played on slightly larger courts than red ball, with bigger rackets and balls that are not as soft as red balls. It’s the next stage to go through before you start playing on a full-sized court and it will help players develop all the different shots, providing fun competition.
Age: Orange ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 and 9.
Ball: An orange ball is used. It has a low compression that makes it bounce lower, giving the player better control at an important stage of their development.
Court: Orange ball is played on a singles court of 18m x 6.5m and a doubles court of 18m x 8.23m (so the full width of the singles court)
Net: 80cm at the middle of the net.
Racquet: A racket of 58cm – 63 cm (23” – 25”) is recommended.
Green Mini Tennis: for 9 and 10 year olds
Green ball is a great way for players to continue their progress from orange mini tennis. It is played on a full tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls that are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage to go through before playing with a full compression yellow ball on a full-sized court and it will help players work on and improve all aspects of their game.
Age: Green ball mini tennis is for players aged 9 & 10.
Ball: A green ball is used, which is ideal for players moving from orange ball to actual tennis balls.
Court: Green ball is played on a full tennis court for singles and doubles.
Net: The net is at full height.
Racquet: A bigger racket of 63cm – 66cm (25” – 26”) is recommended.