Coaching is essential for anyone who wants to reach their potential and enjoy the game. Tennis is not much fun if you have to spend most of your time picking up balls from the back of the court. Attending a group class for beginners will give a grounding in the basic strokes + rules, and enable players to make quick progress to the stage where they can join in with clubplay sessions.
Couch to Game-Set-Match 6-Week Program
There is often a Game-Set-Match program with Coach Alistair Dunn.
Currently, there is one onging (Began 25th October 2023) and is suitable for beginners, those have never played, those who may have played years ago, or those who play casually but have never had coaching. At the end of the 6 weeks you will be playing a competitive doubles match.
All equipment supplied - just wear trainers!
In these game based classes, apart from learning all the basic strokes, the rules of tennis, and etiquette (or guidelines for considerate behaviour), you will get plenty of exercise and play some competitive games. At the end of the course you will be ready to join in our regular clubplay sessions with more experienced players.
Course fee for 6 lessons is £30 (or £5 per session if not enrolling for whole course)
This is a great way to try out tennis for a very small outlay. No need to buy expensive equipment as racquets are available on loan - just wear trainers. Ring/text Alistair on 07801-374444 to register your interest and reserve a place.
This coaching group is ideal for players who have completed the Beginners course and want to continue their tennis learning experience. Also suitable for returning players to sharpen up their game. £5 per session contact Alistair on the number above for details.
LET'S GET COMPETITIVE....
Sharpen up your game for competition - Cardio tennis and advanced drills group
Regular coaching class for Improvers/Intermedate Club Players. Improve your game with Coaches Ben Cozens and Josh Bunting on Mondays from 8 - 9.30pm
This course is for regular players who want to advance their playing standard and improve their confidence on court. The drills and specialised games are aimed at improving consistency, serving, volleys and doubles strategy and will prepare you for playing competitive tennis. Just turn up and join in ..... Fee £7.50 per session (including Cardio session)
Individual 1-2-1 coaching lessons
This is the most effective way to improve your game though you will also have to practice between lessons to get the most from them.
Coaches Ben Cozens & Josh Bunting offer private lessons to all grades from junior beginners to intermediate league-standard players. The fee for an individual lesson is £20 for 1 hour (£25 for non-members) Contact either of them at Coaching Team
Director of coaching Alistair Dunn became a PTR Associate Instructor in 2011 and a Tennis Ireland Level 1 coach in 2014. Alistair's main role is organising the coaching program but he also takes the adult beginners class to introduce players to tennis and give them a sound foundation on which to build up their game. (Contact Alistair for advice on getting started in tennis 07801-374444)
Ben Cozens, is an expereinced tennis player who is a qualified PTR tennis coach and will be in charge of our Monday evening junior groups as well as the Adult Improvers group. Ben is available for private lessons through the week (phone/text 07523-219081)
Josh Bunting has been playing at Cloughey since 2008 when the club started and he was just 7 years old. He qualified as a PTR coach in 2020. He is also available for 1-2-1 lessons (phone/text 07843-700311)
Nina Lee has been playing with the Club as a junior and is now one of our top female players. She qualified as a PTR tennis coach in 2021 and is now working with Ben and Josh to deliver our coaching program.
Approach to junior coaching
Since the Club was established in 2008, Club Chairman Alistair Dunn has undertaken the role of Coach for the junior groups (with help from a small band of dedicated vounteers). Alistair is fully trained in the latest and most progressive 'Play & Stay' approach to coaching juniors, which involves using slow balls, mini-nets and smaller racquets. Using this system, players are taught to Serve, Rally, and Score from an early stage and the format of the classes enables the children to get more playing tennis and less standing in a queue waiting their turn. We aim to make junior coaching a fun experience for kids of all standards.