junior tennis

Welcome to the Junior section of Chorley Tennis Club.
Chorley Tennis Club highly values its junior members, warmly welcoming all newcomers and encouraging young players to join the seniors on court. It’s a great place to play tennis, whether you’re a junior who’s looking for a friendly introduction to the sport or a more advanced player seeking competitive play.

Free Children’s Event Tuesday 15 April 2014
Calling budding Andy Murrays and Laura Robsons! Chorley Tennis Club, the town’s only non-commercial tennis club, is holding a free event for young players or would-be players to come down to the Club during the Easter holidays on Tuesday 15th April and have fun playing tennis.
It doesn’t matter whether children have played tennis previously or they’ve never picked up a racket before; the idea behind the pre-season event is for them to enjoy themselves and learn a little bit more about the sport and about the facilities and affordably priced coaching at Chorley.
Sessions for each age group will run for two hours and are as follows:
Ages 4-7 10am-12pm
Ages 7-9 12pm-2pm
Ages 9-14 2pm-4pm
Please note if the weather is very bad on 15th April the event will be postponed to Wednesday 16th.

All equipment along with light refreshments will be provided on the day and parents are welcome to come down and watch, or join in if they like. Coaches will be on hand to organise coaching, fun games and possibly a mini tournament at the end of the session.
Club members will also provide information about events and opportunities for juniors at the club during the summer.
Chorley Tennis Club is based next to Chorley Cricket Club and is best accessed via the pathway from Walgarth Drive. The nearest postcode for the pathway is PR7 2QW.
Anyone interested in coming along, or who would like to know more, please phone, text or email Simon Brewer so the Club can cater for appropriate numbers: Tel: 07743 427032 or email simonbrewer456@aol.com.

Read our Junior Newsletter Spring 2014

In July 2011, Chorley Tennis Club were awarded Tennis Clubmark, a nationally recognised quality accreditation scheme for sports clubs with junior sections. Tennis Clubmark ensures that Chorley Tennis Club:
• has a fair and transparent operational structure
• adheres to best practice policies and procedures around safeguarding junior and adult members/users
• delivers a comprehensive and all-encompassing tennis programme for all ages and abilities
• produces a clear plan of action for long term sustainability and future growth

Tennis Committee
A dedicated Tennis Committee ensures that the Club is a great place for juniors to play tennis. Our head of tennis, child protection officer, coaches and junior team captains work together to improve tennis for Chorley’s juniors.

Two LTA licensed and fully qualified coaches (Simon Brewer and Keith Eckersall) lead the coaching sessions taking place at Chorley Tennis Club. Coaching is available to all standards of player and is offered on a group and individual basis. By licensing through the LTA, our coaches ensure that their knowledge and skills are up-to-date and that they are aware of important changes and modern standards.

Details below are for last season and will be updated at the start of the 2014 season.
We are running Summer Camps throughout August for Children aged 6-14. Please download this form and post it to the address shown by mid July.

Coaching starting on 16th and 19th April 2013:

Day Time Age Coach
Tuesday & Friday 4-4.45pm 7 and under Keith Eckersall
Tuesday & Friday 4.45-5.45pm 8-11 years Keith Eckersall
Tuesday & Friday 5.5-6.45pm 12 years + Keith Eckersall

Members and non-members are welcome. Costs are for a block of six weeks and there is a discount for members.

Other coaching
Simon Brewer occasionally leads group coaching for older children; this varies from season to season.

Pay to Play Saturday Sessions from 18th May 2013
Pay to Play sessions take place at the Club on Saturday mornings. These are run by Chris Bolton and Peter Baldwin and are open to both members and non-members. Players do not need to book a place; just turn up on the day.

  Time Ability
Session 1 9.30 to 10.30am Young Beginners
Session 2 10.30-11.30am Intermediate

Junior Teams
Two teams currently represent Chorley Tennis Club in the Junior Ribble League: an Under 16s team and an Under 14s team.

Throughout the year, Chorley Tennis Club runs competitions for its junior members, including:
• annual Junior Tournament
• John Chatterley Doubles Tournament
• American Tournaments
* new singles juniors tournament run by Paula and Adrian Thornton:

Junior Singles
Boys Under 16 and Girls Under 16 (currently in School Year 11 or lower)
Boys Under 14 and Girls Under 14 (currently in School Year 9 or lower)
Boys Under 12 and Girls Under 12 (currently in School Year 7 or lower)
Entry to these events is free.

Family Doubles. This will be handicapped and each team will comprise one parent (any age) and one child under 16 (currently School Year 11 or lower). Entry to this event is £3 per pair.

To enter, contact Adrian Thornton by text or email by 30 April.
Text: 07896 004057 Email: at001G5474@blueyonder.co.uk

The Club celebrates its juniors’ success at Presentation Evening with prizes and trophies galore!

Social Tennis
Saturday afternoons are Juniors’ time. Please note, these sessions are informal and unsupervised, see above.

Advanced Juniors are also welcome to join in with the Club’s senior social tennis sessions on a Tuesday evening and on a Sunday afternoon. These timeslots are set aside for informal friendly games for those looking to just turn up and play. Juniors also have priority over Court One during this time for their own play.

Chorley Tennis Club not only has five full-sized all-weather courts, but also two mini tennis courts, which are a great introduction to the sport for our mini juniors. The Club also provides mini tennis equipment at its mini red, orange and green coaching sessions. Chorley’s juniors also have access to court number 1, one of the full-sized courts, at most times.

Free Membership – don’t miss out!
Seeking to introduce more youngsters to the game, Chorley Tennis Club offers free membership for juniors aged 6 and under who are participating in coaching sessions at the Club. The membership comes with all of the benefits of full junior membership!

Junior Contacts
Junior Development Manager & Coach- Simon Brewer, 01257 264521/07743 427032, simonbrewer456@aol.com

Coach – Keith Eckersall, 07772 825548, eckerskeith@aol.com

Saturday Pay to Play Session – Peter Baldwin,
01257 263888

Saturday Pay to Play Session – Chris Bolton,
01257 231169

Membership Secretary – Bob Gould, 01772 433591, bob.gould@talktalk.net

Child Protection Officer –Suzanne Cornthwaite. Our Child Protection Policy is available on request. Please contact the Club Secretary Lynn Ashworth on 0157 414144 or sec@chorleytennisclub.org.uk

Head of Head of Teams Sue Archibald on 01257 266784