Tennis For Kids – Nurturing tennis at the grass roots
We are Tennis For Kids – A fun, innovative and professional organisation focussed on growing tennis in Australia at the grassroots. We provide Brisbane schools with industry leading tennis initiatives, making it easy for kids (and adults 😉) to fall in love with tennis AND just as importantly keep on playing tennis!
Tennis For Kids values fun, friendships and personal growth. We are market leaders in child safety, coach development and coach integrity. Through our programs children not only learn tennis but also independence, resilience, sportsmanship and the ability to fulfil their potential.
A Tennis Queensland affiliate, Tennis For Kids was incorporated in 2015 by Anthony White, a Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach with over 20 years coaching experience. Anthony has coached children from the age of 3 years old right through to touring professionals and held a number of different management roles including the Director of Tennis at the Queensland Tennis Centre. Through Tennis For Kids, Anthony and his team of coaches are focussed on giving back to the sport they love.
In 2019, Tennis For Kids commenced working with Mr Jim Joyce. Jim is one of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded coaches. He has produced some of Queensland finest players and helped Tennis For Kids mentor and guide the next generation of coaches.
In 2020, Tennis For Kids started working with The Gap Health & Racquet Club (GHRC) – One of Queensland’s finest tennis venues. GHRC is a past winner of numerous Tennis Queensland awards and has recently undergone a major refurbishment to deliver 5 brand new LED-lit Championship courts. Tennis For Kids now organises and delivers tennis programs at GHRC, ensuring more tennis participants receive access to the best tennis programs in Brisbane.
Tennis For Kids focusses on exceeding the expectations of 4 major stakeholders – Children, parents, schools and our coaches
Children (& Adult Players)
Children are the future of our sport and Tennis For Kids programs are designed so children develop a lifelong love of tennis. While fun, skill development and friendships are the pillars of our programs through Tennis For Kids children also learn resilience, independence and true sportsmanship.
While we started with children only, we quickly learned adults want to keep playing tennis too! With this in mind our expanding adult program follows the philosophy set in our junior programs – Participation, fun, skill development and a welcoming social environment.
Tennis For Kids is a professional organisation that meets the needs of today’s parents. The Tennis For Kids administration team is responsive and professional – Online enrolments, report cards and social media have all been established to make life easy for parents and keep them up date with their children’s progress. Our Tennis Australia registered coaches adhere to the highest standards of child protection to give parents peace of mind – Blue Cards, National Police Checks and ongoing Keeping Children Safe training programs are all standard procedure at Tennis For Kids.
Tennis for kids is focussed on giving back to school communities. We work seamlessly with school staff and P&C organisations to assist with court hire management and ensure schools are fairly remunerated for use of their precious facilities. Tennis For Kids works closely with Tennis Queensland and Tennis Australia to ensure our schools have access to grants and funding to upgrade courts and facilities.
At Tennis For Kids we understand that our sport can only be as good as the coaches delivering it. Show us a great coach and we will show you kids loving sport!
While all tennis coaches may have a love of tennis, our coaches are also recruited based upon their ability to engage and interact with kids. Before taking to the court Tennis For Kids coaches undergo in-house training and ongoing mentoring is provided by some of the most experienced coaches in Australia including Robin White, Jim Joyce and Anthony White. All Tennis For Kids coaches are registered with Tennis Australia and screened to ensure they are suitable to work with children.
All our coaches are hand chosen to provide you and your child with the most enjoyable introduction to tennis possible.
Tennis For Kids and Jim Joyce are extremely proud of their coaching team. Coaches are screened and recruited not only on their ability to play tennis but also their ability to engage with kids and demonstrate behaviour appropriate with being a role model for young people.
All coaches are Tennis Australia qualified, hold current blue cards and have been screened with National Police Checks. While our coaches vary in ages and backgrounds they share one thing in common – A love of tennis. Some coaches are pursuing professional tennis careers while others are studying at university. Other coaches are “career coaches” – Coaches with 5-40 years’ experience playing and teaching the sport they love.
Tennis for Kids programs have been specifically developed to help kids have fun and success in tennis as soon as possible.
Our coaches follow the Tennis Australia Hot Shots Program, utilising specialised equipment including lighter racquets, modified courts, small nets and low compression balls. As children get older, develop better skills and learn more technique they graduate to full size tennis courts and full compression balls.
Tennis for Kids coaching has three goals.
Having Fun – Tennis for Kids believes in teaching children through play. Therefore, as well as technical elements each lesson will be full of all sorts of “modified tennis” games. So children will play “up dog”, “down dog”, “splat rallies”, “tennis cricket”, “tennis baseball”, “pass the chook”, “hot potato”, “fruit salad”, “crocodile”, “shoot the duck”, “around the world”, “elimination” and many other strange sounding games! These games help teach basic coordination, technical tennis skills, teamwork and fair play …….as well as making the learning experience fun!
Acquisition of skills & coordination – Guided by our qualified coaches, children will progress from introductory sessions that focus on hand-eye coordination, body control, and balance through to technical stroke production and tactical point play. Underpinned by a philosophy of “learning through play” lessons plans constantly evolve to ensure children are being challenged.
Learning respect, discipline and fair play – Each tennis lesson is an opportunity for your child to implement the important life skills they learn at home and in the classroom. Children will be expected to show respect to their coach by listening and following instructions. And in game situations rewards will be given, based upon fair play and honesty, not just winning.
Tennis For Kids has reinvigorated interest in tennis in our students. Lessons are now well patronised, as are holiday fixtures and clinics……I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Tennis For Kids and Anthony White, who I find to be highly professional, respectful and a positive drawcard in our local community.
I applaud Anthony for his emphasis on sportsmanship and his endeavours to raise the profile of tennis in our community.
Tennis For Kids has been a great starting point for my son to learn tennis. He loves the individual coaching, fixtures program & holiday program…..my son is always so keen to get on the court & play.
My children and I have benefited from the expert coaching of the team of talented coaches at Tennis for Kids.
My two primary school aged children have attended weekly before-school coaching sessions, as well as holiday tennis coaching camps at the local school. They love playing tennis, and their skills have tremendously improved since receiving Tennis for Kids coaching. Plus they have made new friends.
I attend weekly coaching sessions with Anthony, as well as playing social fixtures. My game play strategy and skills have improved with Anthony’s help. After many years not playing tennis, Anthony has guided me back to being able to enjoy a good game of tennis with my competitive tennis-playing friends. Anthony is a very effective coach for me.
My son has played tennis through the Tennis for Kids program for the past 5 years. His skills have progressed with expert coaching, he has heaps of fun, and absolutely loves the extra tennis camps in the holidays! The company’s organisational skills meen weekly lessons and fixtures run smoothly and efficiently, making it very easy for families to participate.
We recently attended a fantastic Tennis for Kids Family Fun Day at the Qld Tennis Centre and it was a great opportunity for families to come together to play tennis and socialise in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We cannot recommend Anthony more highly as a coach and ambassador for the tennis community in Queensland.
My children (aged 10 and 7) have been learning tennis through Tennis for Kids since 2015. Anthony and his team have provided an engaging and fun programme to help them develop their skills through before and after school tennis lessons. Every coach we have worked with has been great with the kids…… In addition to their regular before/after school lessons, the kids have also had the opportunity to be part of fixtures programmes and school holiday camps. Both of these experiences have really helped them grow and develop as players. I have also been particularly impressed by the standard of behaviour and conduct expected of the players as part of the fixtures programme, where courtesy and good sportsmanship are just as important as the technicalities of the game.
Our girls have now been with Tennis for kids for 5 years. In this time they have received group coaching, semi-private coaching, played fixtures and attended the holiday clinics. It has become a whole family affair attending our first family tennis evening this month. Not only do our girls enjoy the fitness and fun, they have made some wonderful friends and look forward to playing every week. Even as parents on the side line we enjoy the amazing community of support and friendship. All the coaches are amazing and we love that it is a family run business. We recommend Tennis for kids to everyone.