Competition is important for every level of player, whether a relative beginner or an experienced competitor. Competition should be fun and gives players a greater level of understanding about their tennis, which in turn allows players to benefit more from their coaching. At Roundhay TC Coaching we provide competition for every player on our programme, and competition support for all players and parents. It is a core pillar in our values: LEARN. ENOY. COMPETE.
Sunday Mini Matchplays
Every Sunday we run pay & play matchplays for all our Mini Tennis Players. These are not tournaments, but rather a chance for the children to compete against lots of different levels and learn how to implement what they learnt in their lessons into their games. Prizes are awarded for players who show positive qualities, and not necessarily for those who win. The emphasis is on learning and fun.
At the end of every half-term on the Coaching Programme we run a Competition Week for all groups within their normal sessions. A Competition Week involves match play in a variety of formats, sometimes in teams (Davis/Fed Cup), timed tennis, or round robin events. Sometimes for beginners this will simply be a session learning all about how to play a match, learning skills such as how to score, or where to stand to start each point.
End of Term Competitions
At the end of every full term all players on the programme are invited to an End of Term Competition for their age group. This is to give them a chance to play other people outside of their regular groups, and a chance to see where they stand against the other players in their age group in the club. Where possible we will do a number of draws depending on standards, to keep all matches competitive and fun.
Leeds Team Challenges
We help to organise and run local team events with other clubs in Leeds. The focus with these events is to give players their first taste of matches outside of the club environment. There is normally one event every term for each age group, run by a different club in the network. Players get used to playing matches away from the club, and learn to play against completely new opponents.
LTA National League & Local Tennis Leagues
Roundhay TC enters the LTA National League for ages 10 & under and Local Tennis Leagues for ages 12 & above. The Local Tennis Leagues are played home and away against other clubs in Leeds, and the LTA National League is played at central venues against the best clubs in Yorkshire. All players in these competitions have a greater level of experience competing, therefore we prioritise players in our Advantage Programme at this level.
Competing Player Support
We support competing players in a number of different ways. This can sometimes come in the form of help in choosing and planning competitions, help with off court Strength & Conditioning, on-court coaching, or one of our coaches travelling to competitions to watch them in action. Players at this level will be playing in our Advantage Programme and receiving individual/shared individual lessons or small groups. The packages are bespoke and designed solely around what the player needs depending on their level of commitment and stage of learning.
At Roundhay we offer support to all parents of players on the programme. Parents Evenings are regularly organised to inform and also encourage discussion around areas of development. We also strongly encourage parents to speak to us direct about concerns or anything that we can help with. This can sometimes take the form of discussions around their child's tennis, or help in setting up a BTM or entering their first tournament. However, the most common way we aim to support is through natural discussion around the club or at the end of sessions.
Email Paul below for any enquiries, or call him on 07747 503338.