TA Prodigy (Invitation Only)
Reference: TA Training Structure

Path: Elite
Age Range: 5-8
Focus: Learn Your Skills

There is already a TA Mini Academy program for advanced players under 10, so where does the TA Prodigy program fit in? We believe that we have great experience in spotting winners and champions very early, and not all of it is based on playing ability. There are many other factors that convince us that a given child may be worth investing some extra effort into.

The revamped TA Prodigy program is our attempt to create an ARMY of such winners and champions of the future, training together and pushing each other hard. They will also create opportunities for valuable green and yellow ball competition internally (whereas otherwise they would need to compete with red and orange balls).

Our aim is for the TA Prodigy to be the best training program in the world for under 10s, and to be the natural preparation for entry into TA School.

Entry Criteria
Entry is by invitation only and entirely at our discretion. Usually we will see how children train in the TA Mini Academy before we invite them into the TA Prodigy.

In rare cases, we may invite a child directly into the TA Prodigy after an initial assessment. Aside from playing standard, other criteria for the TA Prodigy are:
  • genuine love of tennis;
  • mature and sensible attitude to training;
  • strong work ethic and consistently good behaviour;
  • player and parents accepting of the required discipline;
  • player and parents fully invested in, and serious about, their tennis.

We will not make exceptions to this criteria and if we feel any child is not yet ready to meet the bar we will ask them to train in the TA Mini Academy until they do become ready.

Progression Benchmarks
With TA Prodigy players we are painstakingly laying down the technical foundations (the boring repetitive work) - and we do it for as long as necessary - so it is not so easy for parents to see quantifiable measures of progression.

In later stages, results and rankings provide good benchmarks of standard and progress - although we do discourage chasing results and rankings in Mini Tennis competition no matter how good the child is (indeed, ESPECIALLY if they are very good).

We therefore ask TA Prodigy parents to be patient, allow their children to spend 2-3 years learning their skills, and to trust in our experience of developing players from this age to give them accurate feedback of standard and progress.

Exit Outcomes
TA Prodigy players will normally be automatically accepted into TA School from the age of eight onwards, whenever they and their parents are ready for the step.

Alternatively they may choose to continue their tennis development in the TA Junior Academy while attending a mainstream school.

Term-Time Training Squads
The TA Prodigy sessions are currently only being held at New Malden.

Prodigy players are expected to attend at least two sessions per week. Additional hours can be made up in TA Mini Academy sessions at either venue, with a minimum total requirement of at least six hours per week.

Day Time Venue
Wednesday 17:00-19:00 Manor Park - New Malden
Saturday 10:30-13:30 Manor Park - New Malden
Sunday 10:30-13:30 Manor Park - New Malden

Generally our squad sessions cover all the technical elements that individual lessons would cover – only over more hours – so there is absolutely no necessity for additional one-on-one lessons. However they can be arranged should any player particularly require them.

Fee Structure
Training Hours Monthly Fee
6 hours weekly | 24 hours monthly £150
8 hours weekly | 32 hours monthly £200
10 hours weekly | 40 hours monthly £250

Contact Us
To book an assessment for your child, or to make an enquiry, please email hareen@tennisavenue.co.uk or call/text 07886 455661