FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS......
"Who runs the tennis coaching?"
Our coaching programme is provided by WAM Tennis. They have a team of experienced and qualified coaches, headed up by Richard Whichello.
"Where to go and what to bring?"
Lessons take place on our clay courts near the car park, middle hard courts (accessible from the pathway between the squash courts) and clay courts at the bottom of the club. Your coach will tell you where to meet him the first time you come for a lesson.
You and your child can wear anything that is suitable for running around in and warm enough (it does not have to be white), but must wear proper trainers (no astro trainers please) to protect you from injury. Bring your own racket if you have one, if not you can borrow one of ours.
"How long do lessons last?"
Generally an hour, but Mini Red lessons, some Mini Orange are shorter - only 45 minutes. The Junior performance classes and some adult groups can last longer.
"What if it’s raining?"
The coach will have all your contact details on his register and will contact you by group text if the lesson is cancelled. If it is cancelled, then you will be refunded the cost of that lesson (by credit against next term's fees)
"Can I stay and watch my child?"
Parents are very welcome to stay and watch the Junior lessons - there are benches alongside most of the coaching courts. If you would like to wait in the clubhouse then you will need to join the club as a social member yourself, as only club members can be served at the bar. On joining you will receive a security card with which you can access the bar, toilets, kitchen (you can make yourself tea/coffee if the bar is closed) and vending machines. There is also Wi-Fi available in the clubhouse.
Social membership is great value – so you can wait in the warm as well as have the opportunity to join in with any of our social events that take your fancy, or just come down to the clubhouse for a quiet drink!
"How do I pay for the lessons?"
You will receive an invoice from WAM Tennis when your lessons start, and then at the end of every half term. Please pay this before the start of the next half term, by way of a cheque made payable to WAM Tennis or you can pay online. Please give this to your coach at the first lesson of the term.
The cost of any lessons cancelled by the coach will be refunded, but not the cost of any which you or your child misses for other reasons (holidays, sickness). As WAM Tennis offer a half-termly programme, the most you will pay for in advance is 6-7 weeks' lessons.
"Do I need to be a member, or does my child need to be a full junior member of the club?"
Children are allowed to do a full half term of tennis (normally 6-7 weeks) paying a £2 non-member supplement per lesson. After this period the children will need to join the Club to continue with coaching. There are many benefits from becoming a member, free online booking of courts, playing in internal tournaments, representing the club and many social events. As a member you will also be able to play squash and racketball at the Club (booking courts online).
Read the Membership section of this website or pick up a membership pack from the rack in the clubhouse - this should give you all the information that you need to know.
Alternatively, call our Club Administrator, Simon Tyrrell-Lewis in the club office (020 8464 9106) on a weekday morning.