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WELCOME TO THE HOME OF STRENSALL AND TOWTHORPE LAWN TENNIS CLUB, YORK!

@ Ben Orton Tennis Ltd.

FOREWORD:

S&TTC are Proud to offer one of the cheapest annual family membership prices in York!


Our Head Coach, Ben Orton of ABC-Tennis-UK Ltd. will be continuing to provide junior and adult coaching and a comprehensive junior program through his Academy throughout 2022, beginning after February Half Term.


Over the coming months, Ben hopes to be able to offer all members access to a comprehensive programme which will cater for juniors and adults of all levels. In order to do this, we need your support with our adult classes in particular, so if you might be interested in joining one of Ben's adult classes, listed further down this page, please contact him at benortontennis@outlook.com


In addition to coaching (group & private lessons) our club is proud to be working with the excellent Racquet Sports Specialists, IT Sports on Tower Court at Clifton Moor, York. They are the experts in all things tennis and sell racquets, footwear, tennis clothes, string sets and reels and tennis accessories to name but a few items.

Additionally, Ben offers a drop off and collection stringing service (club to shop and returned to club only) wherever required, at an additional cost to the total stringing cost of £5 per racquet. Please contact benortontennis@outlook.com if you need your racquet restringing.

EQUIPMENT ENQUIRIES:

Whilst Ben is your first port of call at club level, for racquet/stringing/clothing and footwear enquiries, you can contact Ian and the team at IT Sports directly on: 01904 693 163 or email sales@itsports.co.uk 

For more information, check out their website at: www.itsports.co.uk

 
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LESSON QUERIES:

Got a burning question that you want a swift answer to regarding lesson booking or joining the junior academy sessions? Get in touch with Coach Ben directly! Ben will aim to respond to all enquiries personally. Please direct all coaching queries here!

* TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN YOUR CHILD JOINING OUR JUNIOR PROGRAM, PLEASE SUBMIT THE BELOW FORM *

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GENERIC CLUB QUESTIONS:

Contact us using the form below!

* This contact form is for generic queries about membership, team tennis, social tennis and club nights, court booking queries and to arrange a visit to the club. Please use the 'Contact Your Club Coach' form for coaching queries of all kinds. Thank you.

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ENQUIRE ABOUT OUR HOLIDAY CAMPS OR MAKE A BOOKING WITH US!

Please view our 'Events' page to find out when our next multisport holiday camp is running!

* This contact form is purely for enquiries about our school holiday camp program. If you would like to make a booking, you can also email Ben directly on:


abc-sports-clubs@outlook.com

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BEN ORTON

LTA Level 4 Senior Accredited Club Coach / RPT European Academy Professional / Director at ABC-Tennis-UK Ltd.

I have played Tennis since the age of 5 competitively and reached National Junior Level at under 12 and under 14 level before injury stopped me playing. During that journey I played Andy Murray... who beat me!! I resumed again in my 20's and reached National Doubles Level captaining York in the National Premier League Doubles competition for 2 seasons, which I now help organise yearly as well as play in. I have 10 years of coaching experience working with complete beginners right up to National level juniors both here and abroad having previously held coaching posts at York University as well as being Resident Coach at St Raphael Resort, Limassol, Cyprus. I hold a BSc in Behavioural Psychology which I implement and integrate into each of my sessions, working at how to lose to ultimately win, mindset, application, perseverance and endurance among other traits in each of my players.

CLICK BELOW TO BOOK A PRIVATE LESSON WITH ME!

Please note: Off-peak lessons now available for 2022 from 10am-2pm M-F for the following prices:

Individual - £20/hr

2 people - £25/hr

3 people - £30/hr

4 people - £38/hr

 

JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM 2022

KEY POINTS:

+ Open to complete beginners - advanced players aged 4-16.

+ Club Membership required from 25/04/2022. This can be a single junior membership/family membership/academy membership.

+ Academy Membership cost TBC but includes 2 children/2 adults PLUS 5 guest passes if you have a child attending our junior program. 

+ If you have a child on our junior program, you will be contacted by us in the week leading up to 25th April 2022 to discuss your membership options of which there are various.

+ First 6 weeks are membership free.

+ Sessions beginning Monday 28th February 2022.

+ Sessions are £6/child/week this year reflecting the addition of our Head Coach to the academy coaching team for 2022.

+ You do not need to be a club member to attend our holiday camps.

 

To register your interest in our junior classes for your children, please contact benortontennis@outlook.com

OR:

Fill in the 'Lesson Query' form at the top of our home page here:

More Detail:

All our junior courses are taught by qualified and licensed LTA tennis coaches. Players will learn a variety of tennis skills including technique, tactics, movement and match play. The classes are delivered in a fun and dynamic manner and will give our young players a great sport for life to play!


Our Junior program runs in term time throughout the entire year, so to book on and join the team, simply choose the session below which fits the age of your child.


All our junior courses closely follow the newly designed LTA Youth Programme launched in 2021.


Children will learn a variety of tennis skills including technique development, tactical awareness, specific tennis movements through drills and warm-ups and match play/game situations. The classes are delivered in a fun and dynamic manner, but please note the following:

Important Foreword:


All of our academy sessions are designed to teach our children how to play tennis. We welcome whole-heartedly children who have never picked up a racquet and hope to set them off and guide them on a journey to become the best versions of themselves that they can be. We believe strongly in a wholesome and rounded approach to learning and feel our goal is not just to teach tennis, but the wider,  valuable life-skills such as honesty, teamwork, perseverance, focus, kindness and respect of your peers and elders along the way. We kindly ask that as parents and guardians,  you respect and echo our values and recognise that we don't profess to be, nor do we wish to be used as a childcare service. By signing up your children, you recognise and are supportive of our coaching model and our values and principles of coaching and help  to shape your children's experience when they attend with us. With that in mind,  please ensure your children are briefed on our lesson structure below. Thank you for your understanding and support. 


LESSON STRUCTURE:


- A dynamic series of warm-ups (5-10 mins)

- Technical element/focus of the week (15 mins with demonstrations and basket drills)

- Technical, tactical, and psychological development (15 mins). Open hitting in pairs or 4's, both with and without a coach present practising the specific technical skill of the week and applying it to game-situations.

- Game-based play (15 mins)

- Cool down (5 mins)


Please note:  Although we’ve assigned ages to each stage these are just a guide. We’ll always put children in the relevant group based on their ability, so please only sign up to the class relevant to their age category initially.


Thank you!

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BLUE STAGE:
(AGES 4-6)
"LEARN THE BASICS"...

TBC Subject to demand

Young kids are bundles of energy just running around without a care in the world! With that in mind, this programme is designed to finesse their fine motor skills like balance, agility and coordination. At this stage it’s not about winning or losing but just getting to grips with the basics.

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RED STAGE:

(AGES 4-8) (UNTIL BLUE STAGE LAUNCH)

"SERVE, RALLY AND SCORE"...

MONDAYS: 4.45-5.30pm

This looks a bit more like the tennis you know; overarm serves, rallies, scoring. Kids can use their new knowledge to play in competitions as teams or individuals. It’s still soft balls and small courts but they’re learning everything they’ll need for the game ahead.

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ORANGE STAGE:

(AGES 8-9)

"DEVELOP A ROUNDED GAME"...

MONDAYS: 5.30-6.30pm

All the skills they’ve been learning are turning them into Tennis Titans! Time to throw in some tactics, extra techniques, problem-solving and leadership exercises too; they’re becoming Mini Muzza’s before your eyes!

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GREEN STAGE

(AGES 9-10)

"TEST YOUR SKILLS"...

MONDAYS: 6.30-7.30pm

Where does the time go? They’re fast approaching moody teenagers and so it’s time to let them loose on real, full-sized courts!!! Now it’s all about fine tuning and refining the techniques they’ve learned over the years. Welcome to the Big Leagues, junior.

 
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YELLOW STAGE:

(AGES 10+)

"TAKE YOUR SKILLS FURTHER"...

MONDAYS - 6.30-7.30pm (court space shared and games played with green stage learners)

At the Yellow stage, children are now playing on a full size court with the balls the professionals use. Children will continue to explore different game styles and start to find their own. They will evolve through well-rounded motor skills development whilst improving their physical capabilities.

 

ADULT TENNIS PROGRAM:

COST: £6/hour for all group sessions including PAYG and Course classes.

We aim to run our adult classes once we we have adequate demand which equates to 6 or more adults attending each class.

To register your interest in the below classes, please send an email siting your interest with the title 'I'm interested in.. (and then the name of the class) to:

benortontennis@outlook.com

OR:

fill in the 'Contact Your Coach' form on our home page here:

Once we have adequate demand, the website will be updated with dates and times and you will be personally contacted by your coach, Ben.

We aim to provide quality coaching in a fun and dynamic environment that keeps you on your toes and keeps you learning!

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RUSTY RACQUETS
(OPEN TO ANYONE 16 +)

Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am PAYG
START DATE TBC

For the former social/club player who may have not played in a while and who fancies dusting off the old racquet! Whatever your level, we have you covered here!

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TENNIS XPRESS:

(16 +)

BEGINNERS COURSE - 6 WEEKS

Tuesdays 10.30-11.30am
START DATE TBC

For the complete beginner I teach you the technique behind each shot in the game with a different shot focus each week. Come with an open mind and assume no prior knowledge and I guarantee you that you will leave with the foundations of a tennis game at your disposal!

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PAIR AND PLAY
(16+) LADIES ONLY
INTERMEDIATE COURSE - 6 WEEKS

Fridays 1-2pm
START DATE TBC

Pair & Play is doubles tennis with double the fun! The programme is designed to help women improve their skills and confidence on the court.
Built around six key themes, Pair & Play has been developed to help women master essential doubles tactics and skills. Think social tennis with serious fun.
Training is delivered by LTA-accredited coaches with each session consisting of a skill builder, drills that will improve your doubles game, friendly point play and a fun game to finish.

 
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CARDIO TENNIS

(OPEN TO ANYONE 12 +)

MONDAYS: 10-11AM

SATURDAYS: 9AM-10AM

TBC Subject to demand

Cardio Tennis is a fun, sociable group fitness class set on a tennis court and open to people of all ages and abilities.
Supported by music and qualified instructors, you’ll get to hit lots of tennis balls during your class and have a great cardio workout at the same time.

 
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Tennis at home – Floor Tennis (4-7 years old)

Tennis at home - Double Trouble (8-11 years old)

Tennis at home - Hand Ball Rally (4-7 years old)

 

RECOMMENDED LITERATURE:

6 books that you should check out in 2022!

Here are some of the great reads that in our opinion you must get hold of! Not all are tennis books. Some reference the power of mindset and selecting your attitude before you play, recognising that a game can be won before you even step foot on the court!

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TENNIS INSIDE THE ZONE

by Rob Polishook

This highly interactive format offers you individualized mental training exercises, quotes from pros about their personal experiences, and key principals and strategies to help you overcome real challenges on the court. This unique combination gives athletes effortless confidence, incredible flexibility and unprecedented freedom during matches, which is often the difference between winning and losing.Developed from years of experience with athletes who became champions, these 32 cutting edge mental training workouts will help you develop your own style, story and skills to discover the exceptional spirit of your game. 

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TENNIS SEQUENCES

by Brian Elliot

This book beautifully illustrates the art of shot selection and barriers we put in the way of ourselves to prevent natural rhythm.

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MINDSET

by Jackie Reardon & Hans Dekkers

Learn to deal with pressure and enjoy challenges
This book teaches you how to deal with pressure and enjoy challenges. It guides you through the exact same exercises professional athletes, world-class performers and business leaders have done to perform at their very best when it matters most. You’ll get all the practical tools to train how to stay relaxed and focused at the same time under all circumstances.

 

21ST CENTURY TENNIS

by Motez Robinson Jr.

Read this book and you will learn:- How to stroke the tennis ball consistently with more pace, more depth and less effort. - A foolproof method to make your timing more consistent and your shots stay in the court. - Seven simple adjustments that will transform the way you approach your main shots; why certain things you do don't work and what to do about it. - How to serve effectively without having to kill the ball.- Tips and drills to speed the process of adjusting to stroking the ball with the same mechanics as all of today's top tennis players. Don't believe anyone who tells you that modern tennis techniques are too difficult for the average player. From beginner to tournament player, you can learn to play with ease, efficiency, and natural athleticism

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CLASH OF  TENNIS PERSONALITIES

by Svetoslav S Elenkov

One just for fun... Clash of Tennis Personalities puts a spotlight on the hilarious quirks and traits of tennis players. No detail is spared. If you are a professional, an amateur, or just a tennis court lurker, chances are you will see some of yourself or your friends in the 18 characters portrayed!

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