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Mini Academy (ages 5-9)

Acceptance Criteria


The Mini Academy squad is for children aged 5-9 who live within a reasonable travelling distance of our academy. If they are unable to attend after school, they can attend just at weekends. Acceptance is subject to us assessing that the child possesses the talent and physical attributes to achieve top national standard.

Programme Summary

We slowly instill structure, discipline and professionalism into the children while retaining their natural sense of fun and joy of playing tennis. By having a good balance of hard work and fun, we try to give our players the best technical and mental foundations to build on for future success.

Standard Enhanced
Ages 5 - 9 5 - 9
Monthly Hours 25+ 40+
Monthly Fee 125 200

The Junior Academy and Full-time Scholar squads carry on the work seamlessly once a player reaches the age of 10 or 11.

Training Times

All players train weekends during term time and also midweek during half terms and school holiday periods - as standard. Players may also optionally train midweek during term times at additional cost (Enhanced programme).

Midweek Weekends
Term Times
Tue & Thu
16:30pm - 18:30pm
[Enhanced programme]
Sat & Sun
10:30am - 13:30pm
Half-terms / Easter / Christmas
Tue & Thu
10:30am - 13:30pm
Sat & Sun
10:30am - 13:30pm
Summer Holidays
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
10:30am - 13:30pm

Matrix Funding

Our methods can sometimes involve not playing tournaments for a certain period of time or playing matches without too much emphasis on results or ratings/rankings. For players who are matrix funded (in the LTA Talent ID system) this can be difficult as they seek to maintain their funding status and feel under pressure to compete and maintain results.

If such players are accepted into the academy and are willing to follow our methods, then we will guarantee a full or part sponsorship package that will normally far exceed their matrix funding level. This should alleviate any concerns about losing or having matrix funding reduced.


Our squads are only suitable for players who aspire to reach the top in tennis. For us this means a top 100 world ranking as a professional.

When a player first joins us, we map out a target improvement path for them that takes into consideration this objective, their age, current playing standard, and number of hours training. This improvement path then becomes our guide with regards to the player's relative standing at any given time. It allows us a fairly accurate measure of how "on track" we are over time to meet our objectives.

Balls & Court Dimensions

All our Mini Academy players train on full-size courts with normal nets and either standard yellow balls or with green balls. They never train with red or orange, and we do not gear our training to prepare players to compete at these lowest levels - whatever their age.

We focus on preparing our players for the time when they are ready to compete with standard yellow balls on standard courts. Our players may, however, optionally compete in Mini Tennis events at the same time purely to gain competitive match practice and experience without being particularly concerned about results.

Tournaments & Matches

The emphasis in these early years is very much on technical development, building strong foundations and having fun hitting tennis balls - with tournaments and external matches being selectively chosen to help this process.

We fundamentally disagree with putting lots of competitive mileage on children at such a young age, with the associated strain of travelling and playing "X" number of matches in a season in order to get a higher rating. Children need to have a more balanced life at this age, otherwise premature burnout will be a real possibility, no matter how good they are.

To Apply

For further enquiries or to request an assessment please contact us in the first instance via helpdesk@TennisAvenue.co.uk.

Foreign Players

As an international academy, foreign players are very welcome at Tennis Avenue and constitute an important part of academy life.

If you would like to know whether you meet the acceptance standards, please send us an email with your details including: age, country, recent good results, and your national ranking / rating in your country.