Compete & Play
Tennis is a sport to be played and enjoyed and not just learnt!
By playing tennis recreationally, socially or competitively players start to enjoy playing the 'game' of tennis without the structure of a lesson.
Playing tennis matches at whatever level or ability a player is gives that player a better understanding of their game and in turn helps them get more out of their coaching sessions.
We believe all our players should be playing tennis outside of their tennis lessons, whether that be just down the park with friends and family or by entering in to competitions and tournaments.
We aim to make tennis matches fun and ‘normal’ just like any other sports matches.
During our lessons we not only teach pupils how to hit the ball but also how to ‘Play Tennis’ so they are ready to start competing early. We want all pupils to enjoy playing and look forward to matches whether that is against a friend at the club, trying to beat mum and dad or in league fixtures or external tournaments.
At the end of every half term we always play competitive tennis within the lesson so players can practice what they have learnt in the previous weeks and again to make playing competitive tennis normal.
Excel Tennis Academy Internal Events
As part of the coaching program each term we run ’Tennis Festivals’. These events are for the children in our coaching programs to get involved in playing tennis matches in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
The events are run by our coaches and unlike normal tournaments or league matches the coaches are able to talk to the players when they are playing and help them get the most out of the game.
The idea of these events is not to see who wins the most matches, in fact we do not have an overall winner in any of the tennis festivals, it is to allow players to put into practice what they have been learning in lessons.
LTA Youth Tennis (ages 4 - 10)
Whether your child is just starting on their Mini Tennis journey, or has been playing for a few years, there are a lots of opportunities for them to get involved in fun and enjoyable competition!
Playing in competitions is a great way to put a player's skills into practice and demonstrate fair play, as they get the chance to compete against other players of a similar standard.
Click here to our page with all the information you'll need for competing at mini tennis level.
Click here to find out about LTA Youth Awards for children who are competing
Our hope is for all of our ages 11+ players to be competing in some capacity. Whether this be by entering in one of the many local tournaments that are run throughout the year, or by coming to one of our recreational tennis events.
There are also opportunities for players to compete in other organised events. You can find links to find these, and other useful resources, below.
You can search for local events you can enter by logging into your LTA account and using the LTA 'Find a competiton section