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Box Leagues (Grade 7)

For Prestbury Members Only ….

Currently we have over 75 players in box leagues playing a mix of singles and doubles. Matches are a timed format and are played at a greed time between players. Players have roughly 6 weeks to play all the matched by a given deadline. Winning Player receives a £5/discount of Star Tennis Coaching Sessions.

Tips For Parents of Mini Tennis Players Moving up age groups

Tips / Drills for moving up a ball colour & age group
1 Improve their perception skills, reading the ball is essential . Players are having to read the ball from further away so practice throwing an catching with the correct ball and get them to say where it is landing i.e. short / long
2 Improve their sideways movement . The court is wider when they move up . They need to learn how to move sideways to a ball. Feed balls 1m meter to the side then 2m, 3m etc., until they can move and hit from the sideline.

3 Get stronger. Use light medicine balls to help them using a longer and heavier racket. Using their core as well as arms is essential for racket head speed and balancing on the move.
3 Understand how to score. Red player and orange players play first to 10 points. Green play first to 4 games and yellow play to 6 games. Matches get longer so players need to be fit and ready.
4 Try fun circuits. Specifically tennis requires short bursts of movement so circuit training is ideal. A fun circuit of 6 exercises with challenges like running between 2 cones 3m apart, throwing a ball for them to catch left and right, ladders, skipping, medicine ball throws etc… all 30 seconds with a rest in between.

Volunteering / D of E

We have numerous volunteers wanting to get involved for their Duke of Edinburgh award and to just to give back to their community.

Contact Jon to get involved with coaching, camps and competitions.

Prestbury Tennis Club

Prestbury Tennis Club

  • 8 courts (5 floodlight) Newly resurfaced Tiger turf and Classic Clay Courts
  • Newly refurbished club house
  • Active Adult section with 10 adult teams, regular social comps & coaching for all levels
  • Junior Section with currently over 180 Juniors in the coaching program and 12 Junior Teams
  • Award Winning Coach Team

Where to Find Us
Bollin Grove, Prestbury, Cheshire SK10 4JJ
Tel : 01625 828343 / Web :
Membership :

Prestbury Tennis Club

Prestbury Tennis Club

  • 8 courts (5 floodlight)
  • Newly refurbished club house
  • Active Adult section with 10 adult teams, regular social comps & coaching for all levels
  • Junior Section with currently over 180 Juniors in the coaching program and 12 Junior Teams

Where to Find Us

Bollin Grove, Prestbury, Cheshire SK10 4JJ
Tel : 01625 828343 / Web :
Membership :


Healthy Coach Athlete Relationship …

It is important that a player and coach have a good relationship on the court and off the court. The best coach athlete combinations like Murray and Lendl, Rafa and Toni and Nishikori and Chang. The common factors with such pairings is they are ‘singing off the same hymm sheet in which both player and coach respect and listen to each other.

Tiger Woods coach Butch Hammond was asked to coach top golfer Rory Mcllroy but after a short period Rory went back to his grass roots coach as he trusted him and they got on. On paper his credentials did not stack up to Hammond but Rory trusted him and his coach knew his game and personality to help him on the tour and rise to number 1.

It is important that a player has a coach that is knowledgeable but the coach needs to give the right feedback at the right time and not lecture a player. For the coach it is important that the player is 100 % ready to learn and improve. A good coach guides a player through a session not just telling him off and telling what to add on every shot.

With Juniors the paren / athlete / coach triangle is tough to equal out. You have a parents paying money, a coach demanding the player to improve and a player up and down in motivation if not looked after. THe goals for the sessiona dn the season should be shared and agreed by all and not just by just one person but as a team.

Here are some top tips to improve your relationship with your coach and ensure that you get the best out of the session…

  • tell your coach your vision, ambition and motivation
  • be honest on how much practice in your own time and compete
  • agree before the start of the session on what you want to practice, bring your won ideas and the coach will have some as well
  • give feedback from you last match or practice session. also through the session
  • communicate through the session – say if you do not like the drill or want to practice something else. your the paying customer!
  • ask you coach to watch if possible so they see in a match environment not just a training environment
  • have a session with another coach from time to time to get a different perspective

Neutralising (Defending) – Top Tips

We hope the Tsispasas V Federrer has inspired you to get on the court this week. academy session will be working on neutralising (defending) in singles and doubles , here are some tips for defending going through the 4 performance factors…

hit cross court when you can to give you more time to recover
hit high balls down the middle to reduce angles
recovery using cross over steps
after hitting on the run minimise steps to 2 after the hit

Work on open stance medicine ball throws (side lunge)
agility runs e.g. shuttle runs, practice staying low when changing direction
balance is key for recovery , head still on contact
steep swing path to help lift the ball
advanced players should be hitting topspin – drop the racket below the hip and ideally follow through up and across
get back to the middle before the bounce – ‘beat the bounce’
Mental …
work hard and chase every ball
showing a willingness to chase puts fear into the opponent
do not get disheartened when someone hits a winner , it may just be a fluke, keep digging deep!!
don’t get too defensive as being on the back is tiring and requires high stamina levels. attack when appropriate



US Open Matchplay

Well done to all the Prestbury Players attending the Mini Tennis US open Matchplay on Saturday. With Serena losing the final and Nadal in the semi’s it goes to show anything can happen in sport.

The Mini Tennis event saw Isaac Whenman win all his matches with a sudden death point at 4-4 in the tiebreak against Bramhall Lane’s Max Roberts. Ben Wilshaw, Jack Belford, Jack Roebuck and Arun Odedra all played 3 matches to help move their mini tennis rating up to a Green 3. Their challenge is to get to a gree 3 by October and a Green 2 by Christmas, good luck boys.

In the orange event Alex Hill played and won 3 matches to help him move up to a orange 3 rating. After a football match and back to back matches in the rain his spirit was not dampened and played with a warrior spirit. In the red’s Jacob Fosbury came second overall to Poynton’s Joseph Knightley who are both aiming for the Cheshire u8 County Team this winter. Rebeun Lawrence plkayed 4 matches which is helping get experience for his first winter of playing in the point one winter league.


Well Done to all players on a wet afternoon and parents for supporting their children in good spirit.

NEXT MATCHPLAY – Mini World Tour Finals (November)

Alderley Edge Green – 30th September 



Tennis for Life – Long Term Athlete Development for parents and coaches

Parent Tips – Long Term Athlete Development…

The tennis journey is a marathon not a sprint in which should always be fun, exciting and challenging. The journey for any player starts with the Fundamentals of Tennis and generic athletical skills to specialised tennis training on and off the court. Juniors are not mini adults and should train appropriately for their age, experience and ability.

The Long Term Athlete Development Model is widely recognised for all coaches, teachers and parents…

– Learn the FUNdamentals – learn basic motor skill patterns in a fun environment e.g. throwing a ball as far as you can and skipping. Parents should encourage to play different sports for skills development and socialisation with other kids. Little or no competition should be done a this age. Team challenge events are ideal

– Learn to TRAIN – Before ‘training’ players should be developing technical skills for tennis and general body weight exercises like squatting and putting it into fun games. Basic swing shapes learnt now can last a lifetime with tweaking over the years. Competition should increase with time spent 75 / 25 on training / competition i.e. compete once every 6 weeks with regular internal matches within lessons.

– Train to TRAIN – Once technique is becoming learnt and more automatic they can start to put into patterns of play and devloping a game style e.g. baseliner , net rusher or counter puncher. Physically they should be competent with the fundamentals of movement i.e. good at skipping, ladder work, medicine ball throws etc. At this stage players should compete 50 / 50 with emphasis on trying things out in competitions and going back to the training session and reviewing what they learnt from matches. Winning medals is great but emphasis on training and learning correct technique and shot selection.

-Train to COMPETE – A stage were many players start to drop out as they ‘don’t like competitions’ or socially can find it ‘boring’. Important to encourage team tennis and touring with friends. Otherwise this is where the fun begins and start to form a game style and a appetite for competition. Realistic goals should be set for each competition and how far they can get rather than assuming they can win every comp.

At this stage players should feel like they are competent at tactics and patterns such as a crosscourt rally and approaching the net at the right time. If they can not construct a pattern then there technique should be looked at. Emphasis should be 25 / 75 with the focus on entering comps with reminders of basic technique if required and reviewing wins and losses.

A lot more emphasis should be physical conditioning and getting players to understand how to reduce injury as well and developing strength and speed and suppleness on the court. Parents should be mindful that if they are losing more than they are winning they should go back to more training and choose the right competitions

– Train to WIN – To be honest a lot of players do not get to this phase and often drop at club level if to much emphasis is on winning. So coaches/parents/players have to realistic and say whether they want to play for fun or play and compete. If they want to compete then training is focused on peaking for competitions e.g. conuty champs , league tennis. THis is up to the players to decide if they do compete then they should be mentored or coached ideally with other players to help provide s social experience when touring around from club to club

Go the extra Mile this winter and keep your player active – Tips for parents

Winter Tennis can be a tough time to persuade your kids onto the court, here are some tops tips  to motivate your kids…

1 – Hot Chocloate

Every kid loves a hot chocolate, reward their attendance with a hot mug and some marshmallows. Maybe give them a flask to have a sip at half time drinks break

2 – Be a Role Model

Get out there yourself and show them you are exercising twice a week.

3 – Wrap up warm

Without buying them over expensive clothing, get them some nice winter gear hats gloves, skins,thermals as a treat if they show they are committed. Give them a chance to choose what they wear. suprising how many kids come down in shorts o a freezing day!

4 – Show your enthusiasm for them attending

Give them a hifi, hug, smile, ask them questions about the session. Take a video of them playing or picture to show family or friends

5 – Find out what makes them tick

Ask them what they like / dislike. Is it the fact they are getting better, having fun with friends, they are aiming for the rally award certificate. May they don’t like the players in the group, the coach or it the timing of the session is too late etc

6 – Be a cheer leader 

Kids love being watched and playing to a crowd. Be a cheer leader and applause go shots. Finish work early and watch them, go that extra mile for them

7 – Practice with them / Set a tennis play date

Even a non tennis player can practice with their kids by throwing them all a ball to hit . Easy .

Or ring a friend in the group and set a play date down at the club. Take the rackets, football and give them some time in the park. They learn when they play and try things out on their own.

8 – Watch Tennis on the TV with them

Kids learn by watching . Help the understand the scoring and why they won the point

9 – Reward them for attending a course with a treat

A last resort but say to them if they attend and improve then they get a new racket, tin of balls etc

10 – Phone the coach 

Ring your coach and see how they are getting on and what you can do to improve their game and motivate.