Kristy Wong scores an ace with tennis classes for children.
Hong Kong International Tennis Academy
With extensive worldwide connections, HKITA focuses on overall player development and character-building. The training programme is based on a combination of coaching philosophies and styles, aiming to assist players in reaching their full potential. For budding young players, the tiny tots programme is specifically aimed at three to six year olds, while the beginners, intermediate and high performance programmes are developed for players across all levels. There is an elite programme for those who wish to take their tennis to the next level and HKITA also helps with college placement for student athletes. Venues include courts in King’s Park, Morse Park, Hin Tin, Sai Kung and Hong Kong Island, from $200 an hour.
ESF offers a variety of classes for children of different levels. The Beginners, Improvers and Advanced courses assist students aged four and above to build up basic court skills as well as develop tactical strategies. For more experienced players aged 12 or above, they may opt for the development programme or youth academy squad. The competitive framework of ESF tennis programmes allows students to progress further through friendly tournaments. Prices range from $1980 to $3300 per two month course.
Advanced Tennis Performance (ATP)
ATP offers junior kids classes for children aged five years and under and six to ten. Young players receive high-quality tennis training from a team of experienced coaches either in groups or in private. Classes are held weekly at various locations around Hong Kong, including Sai Kung, Victoria Park and Wah Yan College Kowloon from $200 per hour. Online enrollment is required. Hitting and sparring sessions are also available for those who just want to hit tennis balls for fun or to focus on technical skills.
On the Rise Tennis
OTR Tennis operates a colour group system which allows fledgling young players to advance from one colour group to the next. Through small class sizes and supervision from qualified coaches, the five colour groups encourage children to progress up the ranks by improving their skills. Children are given the opportunity to accelerate their learning by competing in weekend junior tournaments. Classes take place in Hong Kong Island.
Children’s first experience with the game can be made perfect by Monster Tennis’ tailor-made programmes. Differing from other centres, Monster Tennis is a tennis-specific physical play academy that only provides classes for children aged two to ten. By utilising specialised equipment, shorter court dimensions and other teaching aids, kids as young as two can savour the fun of the game. The programmes cater to the specific needs of different children according to their age and ability. Classes take place all over Hong Kong, costs range from $190 to $500.
Hong Kong Football Club Tennis Society
Renowned for their fun and energetic approach to the game, the Australasia tennis aces’ junior tennis coaching programme offers comprehensive and enjoyable tennis training. Classes aim to install great sportsmanship and strong tennis fundamentals in children. The programme is divided into mini aces for three to five years and development squads for four to 10 years. Those who are more competitive can tryout for the HKC Academy squad. Private and semi-private lessons are also available upon request. Classes range from $190 to $420, non-members must be accompanied by members.
Mini-tennis is designed to introduce the fun of tennis to young players. With softer balls, shorter rackets and smaller courts, students are able to pick up tennis skills more easily. Coaches aim to help children improve hand eye co-ordination and learn fundamental strokes through small class sizes. They are encouraged to create their own style of play after being introduced to the physical, technical and tactical side of the sport. Classes are divided to stages one to three, for kids aged three or above and take place at a variety of locations on Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong Tennis Association
Aiming to promote tennis to everyone interested, the tennis for all training scheme is a budget-priced course of a high standard. First-timers are welcome to try the junior training programme. For more advanced players, the junior squad is available for kids aged six up to 18, while the young athletes training scheme targets those aged ten or above. HKTA also organises numerous renowned local tournaments, allowing kids to progress in a competitive yet motivational environment. Classes take place across Hong Kong and costs vary according to group size.