Youth Programme

LTA-Accredited Award nominated coaches run courses for children aged 4–18, packed full of fun games and dynamic training. We want kids to bring all their energy to tennis; no 'quiet please' needed here.

At this LTA Youth Recognised Venue,  children will enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability or impairment. The LTA coaching programme encompasses five stages: Blue (4-6 years), Red (6-8 years), Orange (8-9 years), Green (9-10 years) and Yellow (10+), although this is just a guide and coaches are very flexible. We understand kids want to play in groups and with their friends, so whatever stage they start at, all kids will see progression. The Programme is based on five key principles.

  1. Sessions are Fun!
  2. Everyone is Active with no waiting around
  3. Players acquire decision-making skills
  4. All sessions are the appropriate challenge level
  5. Session look and feel like tennis.


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In every LTA Youth stage, kids will be active, having fun and developing skills. Our structured programme not only teaches kids to play tennis but it also helps them to keep fit, build strength and improve coordination. They can also develop confidence, self-esteem and social skills, including teamworking.

Specialist coaches will make sure every child has the best start to their tennis journey in a safe and inclusive environment. Sessions cater to all abilities, so no one gets left behind. Explore the different Youth stages or click here to see a video all about LTA Youth.

We are committed to delivering an excellent junior programme that offers both high-quality coaching and regular competitive opportunities for young players. At Duffield, youngsters are encouraged to play for club teams in competitions and as individuals in external tournaments.


The safety and security of our junior members is of paramount concern at the club. Should children or parents have any concerns at any time, please contact our Welfare Officer, or consult our LTA-approved Safeguarding Policy.

Children and parents must abide by our code of conduct and other policies. 

Please note that under our changing room policy, youngsters under the age of 18 should, whenever possible, come to the club changed into their kit ready to play.


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Holiday Clubs

Holiday clubs are held during school vacations offering fun tennis activities for both members and non-members aged 4-14. Details about coaching activities, tournaments, holiday clubs, open days etc. will be sent by email or by the regular newsletter well as being posted on the website.

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