“Its about interaction, learning and most importantly, fun”
Toddler Tennis is a specialist coaching company which uses fun, age appropriate activities designed to get 2-5 year olds active whilst developing new skills. The business was formed with the sole intention of bringing tots tennis into club, halls & educational environments. Our exciting and structured programme allows children the opportunity to learn tennis specific skills, interact with other children and develop important social, mental and physical attributes.
Our Founder & Head Coach
Jess Mapp established Toddler Tennis in 2012 after realising she had a passion for coaching . She is a former county tennis player who graduated from Brunel University in 2012 with a degree in BSc Sports and Exercise Science. In 2014 she graduated from Loughborough University with an MSc in Sociology of Sport.
She is a Level 2 qualified coach and has been coaching tennis at various levels and age groups for 7 years. The last 3 years has seen her switch her focus to tots and mini tennis, encouraging and promoting tennis to younger audiences. Jess is also part of the British Tennis Youth Group a voluntary consultive body for the Lawn Tennis Association as well as a part time coach at Solihull Tennis Club and West Warwicks Sports Club.
Our Toddler Tennis programme runs all year round with indoor venues during the winter and outdoor facilities during the summer. We have designed our sessions to ensure every one is tailored, focusing on specific themes every week.
We always begin our Toddler Tennis sessions with a fun, high energy warm up. This usually involves footwork exercises, relay races or high intensity games. This will get your child’s blood flowing, preparing the body and mind for the activities ahead.
ABC’s & Drills
Good Agility, Balance and Co-ordination are essential in tennis and many other sports therefore developing these could help your child excel in sport later in life. Our ABC’s usually include throwing and catching, footwork drills, racquet and ball activities (not technical) and balancing exercises.
Technical Basics (Main Theme)
During this section of the session we focus on a specific skill i.e. forehand, backhand, serve, volley or as they begin to improve, a combination of skills. In order for the children to grasp these skills we use child friendly imagery such as starfish position, surfer, taking a picture etc, which help them remember what position they need to get into to play the shot. As their confidence begins to grow the improvement is significant and before you know it your child will be hitting sponge balls all over the place!
We end our sessions with a fun game, which the children always look forward too! This usually involves some element of competition and gives the child a chance to use the skills they have learned throughout the session. These games include tidy the room, dodgeball, chicken run and jailbreak. Every few weeks specially designed Toddler Tennis Stickers are given out to the children, which really puts a smile on their faces!