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


Contact Coach: Gary Stanford on (07779) 430179

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



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Friday September 3rd- Saturday 18th December

No lessons Half term 22nd & 23rd 29th & 30th October 


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 'Individual 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.


Group coaching 4-18 years / Individual lessons children & adults / Reduced court hire /

50% 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) / Matchplay events every term / Gym membership 20% off /

Racquet restringing / Squad lessons for advanced players /


Red-Orange-Green or non members 4-12 years



TIMES / 9.30am-12.30pm (Bring Packed lunch )

COSTS / Members £12 or £20 for two children on a term course

Non Members £24 first child & Siblings £12

Contact Coach: Gary Stanford on (07779) 430179 

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


Foundation Classes 7-12 years


Red ball 4-8 years Stages 1-3 

Max 12 children on 6 mini courts & 2 rebound nets

With Head coach and two coaching staff

COSTS £5.50 / Siblings £4.50 or extra lesson

Friday 4pm-4.30pm 

Saturday 11.35am-12.05pm 

Saturday 12.05pm-12.35pm 


                             Foundation Classes 7-12 years

                        Orange & Green ball levels are combined

Max 12 children on 3 courts & two rebound nets with head coach & 1 coaching staff. If children waiting to join class then max 14 with extra coaching staff

For e.g could have 8 children in orange ball level and 6 in green working on different courts



Orange ball 7-9 years &

Green Ball 10-12 years

COSTS £8 / Siblings £7 or extra lesson

Friday 4.30pm-5.15pm 

Friday 5.15pm-6pm (TBC)

Saturday 9.55am-10.40am

Saturday 12.35pm-1.20pm 


  Development Classes 12-18 years

    Max 10 children on 3 courts with Head coach.

      Can go up to 12 children if waiting to get into class.


Yellow ball 12-14 years (Levels 3&2) 

COSTS £9 / Siblings £8 or extra lesson

Friday 5.15pm-6.10pm 

Saturday 9am-9.55am


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

COSTS £9 / Siblings £8 or extra lesson

Friday 6.10pm-7.05pm

N:B: Plus free extra tennis 7.05pm-7.30pm for stronger older players

Saturday 10.40am-11.35am

N:B: Plus extra free tennis 11.35am-12.05pm for stronger older players


JUNIOR SQUADS / Yellow ball 

Squads and individual lessons by arrangment / groups of 3-4 players 


Teaching System

Show-Tell-Watch-Remind / Our Lesson structure, what is taught and how your child can move up to the class above is shown to parents & children. 


How do we teach

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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