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Loddon Tennis – Coaching Update

Loddon Tennis Club in Partnership with Heads-up Tennis

Howdy Loddon Tennis Club Fans

Loddon & Chedgrave Playing Fields Committee and the Tennis Club Subcommittee are pleased to announce an exciting new tennis coaching partnership with Heads-Up Tennis. Heads-Up Tennis are a local collective of LTA Accredited Level 3 coaches, coaching at numerous local schools and tennis clubs. Partnering with Heads Up tennis is a best-case scenario for Loddon Tennis Club; they offer a wealth of coaching experience and help their partner clubs to grow and expand the local community’s tennis offering.

Heads-Up Tennis will commence coached sessions after half-term, on Monday June 3rd. Phase 1 will see Heads-Up offer Junior, Adult, Cardio and Walking Tennis sessions. When their availability increases, Phase 2 can potentially see the launch of performance groups, adults’ short tennis and pickleball sessions. Loddon Tennis Club’s lead coach will be Ross Wilson and he will be supported by his fellow Heads-Up coaches, Mark Websdale, Beth Drinkell and George Caplin. The start of summertime is not the easiest time to find a tennis coach with availability and we owe Heads-Up a massive thank-you for going the extra mile to get sessions up and running so quickly, for all areas of the club.

Loddon Tennis Club maintains the cheapest membership fees in the area (Adults £60, Juniors £30 & U-12s Free). In addition, the price of coached sessions will remain competitive at £7 per session with no long-term commitment; you only pay for the sessions you can attend. In addition, Loddon Tennis Club will continue to offer year-round access to most sessions via use of the Jubilee Hall at no additional cost to members. An impressive perk given the British weather! You can view the timetable from June 3rd on the club’s website. And, stay up to date with news on the new Adult and Junior WhatsApp groups, which will replace all other club coaching WhatsApp groups.

Please join us in welcoming Heads-Up Tennis to the club. They’re a passionate and talented group of coaches who I’m sure will be very successful at Loddon, and increase the percentage success rates of members’ tennis shots too!

I’d also like to say a massive thanks to all of the volunteers on the tennis club committee, Carolyn Frosdick, Craig Broadley-Naylor, James Preston and Rob Atkinson who have helped to make this partnership happen. And, finally, if you’d like to support the tennis club, we’re looking for volunteers to help host a stall, and an Open Day on the courts, at this year’s Summer Fete on Saturday 6th July. If interested, please let me know on my delightfully succinct email address…  loddontennischairperson@loddontowncouncil.gov.uk.

Best Regards

Rik Balfour – Chairperson

Loddon Tennis Club

Tennis Club New Coaching Team – Heads Up Q&A

General Information

A1: Our new coaching team consists of Ross Wilson, our new head coach, Mark Websdale, Beth Drinkell and George Caplin who initially, will be taking Walking Tennis.
Each coach brings extensive experience and a passion for teaching tennis at all levels.

Heads-Up Tennis are a local collective of LTA Accredited coaches, coaching at numerous local schools and tennis clubs. They offer a wealth of coaching experience and help their partner clubs to grow and expand the local community’s tennis offering.

A2: Ross, George, Mark and Beth are all LTA Accredited Level 3 coaches offering extensive coaching and in game tactical experience to support every level of playing from beginners through to more experienced and team players.

Training Programs

A3: You can sign up by contacting the coaching team directly on M: 07952 596 621 or turning up to any of our activity sessions. Please note that all junior sessions are now mixed gender and not single sex coaching sessions, as previously.

Scheduling and Fees

A4: Coaching sessions are available throughout the week, with both morning and evening slots. The coaching schedules can be found on our website: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/LoddonTennisClub/Coaching

A5: Fees are fixed at £7 per session with no long-term commitment; you only pay for the sessions you can attend. Please speak to the Ross Wilson directly if you are booking more than two children onto any one session.

For one to one or private coaching lessons these will be charged at £30 per hour, not per individual so, if you and your partner or a friend want to arrange a specific coaching lesson with Ross this price will be the same.

Policies and Procedures

A6: Please bring your own tennis racket, (rackets can be made available with advance request) suitable tennis attire is required, a water bottle and towel, and a positive attitude! Balls and other training equipment will be provided by the coaches.

  • Tennis shoes and trainers must be worn.
  • PE kit/Tracksuit/Tennis attire to be worn.
  • It is recommended that suntan cream and hat for the spring and summer be used.

A7: We welcome your feedback! Please email loddontennischairperson@loddontowncouncil.gov.uk, or speak directly with the coaches. For Welfare matters please contact: Craig Broadley-Naylor on M: 07961 574781

A8: Yes, Heads Up assist in enabling Juniors to compete in tournaments. Adults who are interested in participating in Men’s, Ladies and Mix Teams.

A9. Parents do not have to stay while junior coaching sessions take place. The Heads Up coaching team are all DBS checked and Level 3 accredited so, your children will be in safe hands, but you are welcome to stay if you prefer.

Contact Information

A10: You can reach the coaching team by calling Ross Wilson on M: 07952 596621 or in person at the club.
They are always happy to answer any questions and help.

View our new Loddon Tennis Weekly Activity Calendar

In collaboration with Heads Up Tennis, we’ve revamped our Weekly Tennis Schedule at Loddon Tennis Club. Our new timetable is packed with activities throughout the week. Ross, Mark and Beth will lead all junior sessions, and we’ll also offer coach-led Cardio Tennis sessions and walking Tennis Sessions with George. You can find all pricing details on our Activity Calendar. Join us at Loddon Tennis Club for an action-packed summer of tennis!