'Tennis & Children' The Family Tennis Club
'Tennis & Children'  The Family Tennis Club 


WOKING & HOOK Term & Holiday course dates 

4-18 Years & Adults (Scroll down page)

Contact Coach: Gary Stanford on (07779) 430179

Try out before booking. We play in all weathers except if venue closes for snow.


SPRING Fri January 7th- Sat April 2nd / No lessons HT 18th & 19th February

SUMMER Fri 29th April- Sat July 23rd / No lessons HT 27th & 28th May & 3rd & 4th June

AUTUMN Fri 9th September- Sat December 17th / No lessons HT 21st 22nd & 28th 29th October  HOOK Monday classes September 12th-October 17th  due to no floodlights / Restart in Summer term

HOOK Sunday classes run January-December


Group coaching 4-18 years & Adults / Individual lessons children & adults / Reduced court hire Discount off holiday courses / Discounts for Siblings & extra lesson / Swap or make up lessons missed (Subject to availability) / Half terms no lessons except spring first friday & Saturday (A saving when going away) Tournaments every term Gym membership 20% off /

Racquet restringing / Bespoke training for the tournament player / Large discount off individual lessons 


Our Family Tennis Club was started in 2000 by Gary Stanford and is based in Winston Churchill School Woking. There are no membership fees. Families or individuals have the chance to book courts at a discounted rate. In addition to this you can receive discount off the Winston Churchill School gym membership which is optional. 




For more about the coach click onto link in margin 'Private lessons & restringing'

Gary Stanford is the coach. He was previously head of Surrey LTA 10 & under boys coaching, talent I.D. and selection. He also coached the girls 10 & under squads, boys 11 & under and 14 & under squads. He has worked with many county and national juniors over the years. He was also head of the 11 & under junior program at CLTC now David Lloyds in Woking. He has represented Surrey and Hampshire County and been Number 1 in Great Britian on the seniors tour in 2008 and achieved a highest World ranking of 20 in 2005.



Red Ball 4-8 years

First child £5.50 & £5 siblings 

HOOK Hants / Mondays 4.15pm-4.45pm & Sunday 9am-9.30am 

WOKING Surrey / Friday 4pm-4.30pm

Saturday 11.35am-12.05pm & Saturday 12.05pm-12.35pm 


Orange 7-10 & Green 10-12 

30 minute class First cild £5.50 & £5 siblings

45 minute class First child £7.50 & £7 Siblings 

HOOK Hants / Monday 4,45pm-5.30pm & Sunday 9.30-10.15am

WOKING Surrey / Friday 4.30pm-5pm & Friday 5pm-5.45pm

Saturday 9.55am-10.40am & Saturday 12.35pm-1.20pm 


Yellow ball 12-14 years (Levels 3&2)  

First child £9 & £8.50 siblings

WOKING Surrey / Friday 5,45pm-6.40pm & Saturday 9am-9.55am


Yellow ball 14-18 years (Levels 1& Premier)                             

First child £9 & £8.50 siblings                               

WOKING Surrey / Friday 6.40-7.35pm 

WOKING Surrey / Saturday 10.40am-11.35am


YELLOW BALL (Adults & older stronger juniors 17+) 

WOKING Surrey / Thursday 8pm-9.30pm 






Red-Orange-Green-Yellow Div 3&2 or non members 4-12 years


Friday 29th July / Friday 5th August / Friday August 12th / Friday August 19

9.30am-12.30pm (Bring a packed lunch)

COSTS For each morning  / Members £14 or £20 for two children on a term course

Non Members £21 first child & Siblings £12


Contact Coach: Gary Stanford on (07779) 430179 

You can send me a text asking how to book a holiday course



Red-Orange-Green ball 4-11 years

Tuesday-Thursday 9am-10.30am

Week 1 July 26-28th  / Week 2 August 9-11th

Cost £36 each course

Cost £60 if you book both courses or two children on one course

OUR TEACHING SYSTEM / Show-Tell-Watch-Remind

Lesson structure / What is taught and how your child can move up to the class above is on our website under term registers. Passcode given to new members.



We teach children to rally and play matches with each other and from 4 years of age. We do not stand groups of children in lines and ball feed. Many coaches overload children with technical information and constantly stop and start the lesson to explain things. This may look good because it seems like the children are being taught. In our experience this way of teaching produces slower development. Children do need some information but should be allowed to play the game as much as possible. We create an environment for children to do this. We watch them while they play to see how they are developing then give some quick reminders, praise or encouragement. We don't keep interupting them to give more information.  At the end of the day it's more enjoyable for the children and we see greater improvement. 

 We don't waste time doing lots of movement practice or skills that are not relevant to tennis as many coaches do. Tennis is about learning to hit the ball well and getting it into the court regularly.They will obviously be moving when doing this. All our games are relevant to tennis,  fun and competitive, involve lots of hitting of balls, movement and decision making. 



'We offer a unique and enjoyable teaching programme'  

'Your child will improve with us and be given a hobby for life'


'Tennis a game for life'

Venue Address

Tennis and Children

Winston Churchill School

Hermitage Road

St Johns's



GU21 8TL

''Do not use for correspondence'' 


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Our Courts

3 tennis courts in excellent condition and floodlights just completed! Kinder on the body and great in rain or ice.



1944 SHOTS

Ella Harvey Yellow Premier

Anna Abramishvili Yellow Div 1

Did not miss a ball for 1 hour and 35 minutes

1010 SHOTS

Daniel Norton Yellow Division 1

Fraser Milligan Yellow Division 2





Federer funny video clip


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