The Development groups are ideal for players 11+ who have moved out of mini tennis programmes and want challenging sessions with less weekly commitment. The delivery of these sessions is based more on tactical intentions, decision making and shot selection, building a playing style, doubles tactics drills and games.
We have split the JD programme into 14U and 18U groups, although these are just rough guides to enable the players to train with players of a similar age group. The majority of these squads are run on ability rather than age. We have a tier system within each group to help players get what they want from these sessions and give them an idea of where they are best suited. We want to be able to cater for the needs of all ages and abilities in our JD programme.
Competition and match play will also play a big part in these sessions. All players will be encouraged to obtain an LTA rating and a UTR (universal tennis rating) in order for results to be logged to monitor improvements.
U18 Tier 1 – Ideally playing twice per week and competing in the adult box leagues with the aim of reaching boxes 1-5. Also looking to attend adult team practice and matches regularly.
U18 Tier 2 – Playing at least once per week with competition and social aspects the main themes. Competing in junior box leagues and aspiring towards the adult box leagues and social club events,
U14 Tier 1 – Ideally playing twice per week and competing in the junior box leagues with the aim of joining the adult box leagues by 14. Aspiring to play in adult team matches and practices by 16.
U14 Tier 2 – Playing at least once per week with competition and social aspects the main themes. Aiming to compete in junior box leagues and aspiring to tier 1 groups and adult box leagues.
U14 Tier 3 – For players who are very new to tennis or have recently come through mini tennis programmes. Aiming to join junior box leagues when appropriate and progress through the tiers.
For more information on our Junior Development programme and our tier system, please click here.
Berkhamsted Tennis & Fitness provides tennis and fitness services to people of all ages and levels, every day of the week. We count ourselves as one of the leading all round tennis and fitness coaching programmes in the region.