SW London tennis club for 4yr old?

(20 Posts)
DoMyBest Sat 03-May-14 19:10:09

We live abroad, where our 4 year old has - after much encouragement frim his club - been doing 3 hours tennis a week (weds & sat) and most of his holidays with a local tennis club. He's unnusually good (apologies for bragging, but it's true: a tennis scout came over from france today to see him). And he loves it (just thought I ought to add that so you don't accuse us of bullying him, Agassi-style!).
We're moving back to SW London this summer and wondered if anyone could recommend local tennis clubs (as opposed to private coaches - which are much more expensive) which do steamed holiday camps, or weekend trainings, etc? We're looking for the sort of structure or organisation with links to the regional & national level tournaments so that, once he's in, they'll take ownership of him & he can progress within a structured framework.

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 21:32:15

Virgin Active in Acton has a tennis club that is pretty accessible.

here

DoMyBest Sun 04-May-14 17:58:10

Thanks Nickifury will check it out.

meditrina Sun 04-May-14 18:01:32

Which bit of SW London?

DoMyBest Sun 04-May-14 19:49:34

Fulham. Right next to bishops park, but I think their club's more a 'private lessons' than a full-on regular, subsidized, coaching club.

iseenodust Wed 07-May-14 10:55:30

Go to the LTA website and you can search for a club by area. You need a club that is accredited to run LTA mini-tennis to get the link to framework/regional tournaments you are looking for. If it's a 'performance centre' it's considered a local centre of excellence but be aware there is a big rejig coming ( and our local club's children's teams regularly beat those at the performance centre).

Wisteria36 Wed 07-May-14 11:14:07

Ds1 has had lessons at best tennis in Barnes, don't know if they do streaming but the head coach is very friendly and also works at the National Tennis Centre so could be worth asking. Their website is www.besttennis.co.uk. Prices are very reasonable.

skinmysunshine Wed 07-May-14 11:18:36

There are a lot of places in Wandsworth you can take him. Lifetime Tennis have sessions at The Wandle Centre. Also there is another tennis provider (can't remember their name sorry) based in both King George's Park and on Wandsworth Common. DD went to Lifetime and really enjoyed it. Friends' DCs have used others and also happy.

DoMyBest Wed 07-May-14 16:17:37

Guys this is really useful. I'll investigate all your threads and get back to you if I have any questions. Thanks SO much.

AuntieStella Wed 07-May-14 18:43:58

You may end up within reach of the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton - that's about as high level as you can get!

DoMyBest Wed 07-May-14 19:23:27

A short bus ride away auntiestella: looks impressive, but I still need a club which will Manage his progress (rather than a private coach): I'll see if I might be able to beg them.

skinmysunshine Wed 07-May-14 20:18:29

There are also tonnes of private clubs in my area. At least 3 on Magdalene Road

DoMyBest Thu 08-May-14 20:30:08

what area, skinmysunshine?

QuintsKazooo Thu 08-May-14 20:33:25

Sheen lawn tennis club is a proper club with matches and group couching, etc.

QuintsKazooo Thu 08-May-14 20:34:10
DoMyBest Thu 08-May-14 20:39:42

Ooh now that looks like a real club, Quintskazooo - love the special mention of a youth focus. Now lets see if they have a shuttle bus (possibly the only mum in sw London who doesn't drive). Thank you, super grateful.

skinmysunshine Fri 09-May-14 10:03:15

Sorry Wandsworth. All proper clubs too.

DoMyBest Fri 09-May-14 10:05:30

Right. So we'll be fine, bybthe sounds of things. It will all hang on the best bus route!!

skinmysunshine Fri 09-May-14 12:12:08

You're moving very close to tennis country tbh as we're right next to Wimbledon and the LTA is close by.

DoMyBest Fri 09-May-14 15:31:57

Hurray hurray (Wimbledon, tube = good!).

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