Whether it’s having a hit socially with friends, playing at competition level or watching on as a spectator, tennis has long been embedded in the Australian sporting culture.
Getting your kids involved in tennis will not only teach them valuable life skills like teamwork, dedication and self-confidence, but it has a whole range of physical developmental benefits for them too. Such benefits include hand eye coordination, gross motor control, balance and body coordination, flexibility, agility and speed.
If you’re looking to introduce your kids to the game of tennis and live in Melbourne, below we have provided you with a list of the best tennis clubs for kids in the Melbourne area.
Dendy Park Tennis Club, Brighton East
Dendy Park Tennis Club is not only one of the leading tennis clubs in Victoria but also Australia, as well as one of the largest clay court facilities in the southern hemisphere, with a total of 19 courts. The Club’s Annual Junior Tournament is now in its 80th year and the development of junior players has always been a major focus of attention for the club.
Dendy Park Tennis Club believes that the fastest way for kids to improve their game is not only to have coaching or squad training but also play competitions on the weekends. The club has junior teams that play on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday morning teams are made up of all boys or all girls and Sunday morning teams are mixed.
The club is located in Breen Drive, Brighton East and offers training programs for kids as young as 4 years through to 12 years. Junior players then have the opportunity to continue onto squad training as part of The Dendy Park Tennis Academy. Private lessons are also available.
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Clifton Hill Tennis Club
Clifton Hill Tennis Club is a community-based club located at the junction of Hoddle St and Heidelberg Rd in Clifton Hill, servicing the areas of Clifton Hill, Fitzroy, Richmond, Collingwood, Westgarth and Northcote.
The club strongly supports the development of junior tennis and is one of the largest junior clubs in the region. The club operates out of Mayor’s Park Tennis Centre and offers training for kids from 6 years of age. Training programs are run throughout school terms with Friday nights being set aside for Junior Match Play, which is a program designed to bridge the step between coaching and playing at competition level.
The Clifton Tennis Club Junior Competition is played on Saturday mornings. Junior players first entering competition will generally start playing with a team of five players, playing only doubles games in one of the lower sections. If they continue playing, they and their team would progress up the ranking season by season – eventually playing both singles and doubles games.
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South Hawthorn Tennis Club
South Hawthorn Tennis Club lies amidst the parklands and sports fields of Anderson Park in Hawthorn East. They are a community-oriented club with the aim of providing a friendly and fun place to play tennis.
The club’s philosophy for their junior program is to make learning to play tennis fun and not to place too much pressure on the kids. Coaching lessons are offered to kids between the ages of 6 through to 17 and are available in groups, private or semi-private lessons.
South Hawthorn Tennis Club believes that entry into competition is an important step in the development of a player and the coaches actively encourage and support all their coaching students to join in, when they are ready. The club enters teams in the Eastern Region Competition in boys, girls and mixed sections and play is held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
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Ormond Tennis Club
Ormond Tennis Club is located next to E.E Gunn Reserve in Foch St, Ormond. The club has around 200 members from the local community, including many social players as well as a number of teams playing in junior competitions.
Coaching lessons for juniors are available at the club courts after school on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3.30pm onwards, alongside Saturday mornings. All levels and ages are catered for and squad training is also available for advanced juniors on Thursdays.
Juniors play in the Moorabbin and Districts Junior Tennis Association (MDJTA) team competition held on Saturday mornings. Four players per team play each week, with each person playing one set of singles and one set of doubles. Teams will normally be made up of more than four members, in which case they will be rostered off some weeks to cover for absences as required.
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Another great way to introduce your kids to tennis and to help improve their game is to enrol them into a tennis camp. Australian Sports Camps run 3 Day Tennis Coaching Camps over the school holidays for kids aged 6 to 16 years.
The programs are run by an experienced coaching panel with guest appearances by leading state or Australian players and coaches. The camps provide your child the chance to meet their sporting idols and make friends while having fun playing tennis. The innovative program covers all facets of tennis, taught within top quality facilities, and is designed to improve your child’s skills as well as maximise their enjoyment of the game.