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Juniors

Tennis is a great sport for young people and at Glenageary LTC we have a strong and active junior membership. We foster a culture of sportsmanship and fairplay in our juniors but we also provide them the opportunity to make new friends, have fun and improve their physical fitness.

At GLTC, we make sure that there is something for every Junior Member regardless of age and level, so whether you’re a 6-year-old starting tennis for the first time or an experienced Open Tournament player, we have something to offer at GLTC.

We are very proud that we have a number of Top Nationally Ranked Juniors in most age groups who started their Tennis journey doing the group coaching at GLTC. And we are equally proud of our junior members who play regularly for their love of the sport and the friendships they have forged at the Club.

COACHING

We provide Top Quality Coaching for all age groups starting off with the

RED BALL: Girls and Boys aged 6-8yrs- Using our 4 Full Time Mini Courts

ORANGE BALL: Girls and Boys aged 8-9-10yrs Using our 2 Full Time Midi Courts

GREEN BALL: Girls and Boys aged 9-10-11yrs Using our 8 Tiger Turf All Weather Courts

YELLOW BALL: Girls and Boys aged 10-18yrs Using our 8 Tiger Turf All Weather Courts

ITF ball colours
ITF Recommendations for Ball Colour and Pace for Junior tennis Players based on age and standard

All groups are graded by the Director of Tennis to make sure that members receive the proper instruction for their respective levels and take place Monday to Friday form 3pm to 7pm.

For those Teenage Players who reach a certain level are Filtered onto the Senior League Teams to compete against other clubs around Leinster.

CLASS GRADING EXPLAINED

GRADE NEW –  Players in this Category can be any age but have very little or No experience

GRADE 3 – Players in this Category can hit basic strokes using proper swings when prompted

GRADE 2 – Players in this Category can do all the strokes and starting to use Spin to control 

GRADE 1 – Players in this Category Can Serve and Volley using the Proper Grips as well as Spin

INTERNAL COMPETITION

The club provides plenty of competitive opportunities where the Juniors play other juniors in the same age or level bracket.

Annual Club Championship held every August

Parent and Child Tournament

Junior Ladder for all Ages 8-18 Orange Green Yellow Ball

Seasonal Box Leagues organised by Faouzia with results recorded on the ladder.

INTER CLUB COMPETITION

We enter teams in all the Junior Leagues

Stars and Stripes League for Players U12 U14 U17

DLTC Leagues U14 and U17 Players Girls and Boys

Leinster Leagues U12 and U18 Players Girls and Boys

JUNIOR OPEN TOURNAMENTS

In order to help our members, get a foothold on the Open Tournament scene we run a number of tournaments listed on the Tennis Ireland and Leinster Tennis Calendars for the following ages and ball

RED BALL – Duration 2 hrs Max

ORANGE BALL – Duration 2 hrs Max

GREEN BALL – Duration 2 hrs Max

These events are competitive and open non-member’s, as a result, we have players from all over Ireland coming to compete.

Coaches will inform you if they feel it’s a good opportunity for your child to enter

FUN PARTIES

We offer 4 Parties a year for the under and over 12s where the emphasis is on Fun Tennis Games with Pizza and a Drink afterwards so all the juniors can relax have fun and make new friends.

Halloween Fancy Dress Party: Very popular as you can imagine with Fancy Dress competition

Christmas Party: With Santa giving out Selection Boxes

Easter Party: With a cool Easter Egg Hunt

Schools Out Party: Mayhem to kick the Summer off

These parties are very well supported by the members so don’t miss out as registration is required.

SUMMER PROGRAMME – The Jewel in the Crown

We are the only Club in Ireland that offers a FREE 8 Week Programme for all ages and levels which is Organised by Two Fully Qualified Professional Coaches who make sure that everyone is having a great time on court playing different games and getting tips on how to play better and of course have the opportunity to make lots of new tennis friends over the holidays.

CASEY ACADEMY

Paul runs his famous Casey Academy Squad for Open Tournament Level Juniors on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is an Invitation Programme for players involved in the Grade 1 Coaching classes that have all the proper Grips and Spins so we can concentrate on How to Play the GAME of tennis.   

Child Protection and Code of Conduct

GLTC has adopted and implemented the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport as set out by Tennis Ireland as an integral part of club policy on children and club membership. Upon joining the Club or renewal of annual membership, all members agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and the club’s Child Protection Policy. These codes and policies are set out in our compliance section here and all members and their children should read and become familiar with them.

Have fun safely

Whilst we want our junior members to have fun and enjoy their time at the club, we want them to do so safely and with respect for each other, for coaches, members and other players & visitors.

GLTC is not responsible for providing adult supervision for children except for formal coaching, matches and competitions.

GLTC does not accept responsibility for independent recreational play e.g. two juniors arriving at the club on their own to play a game or children being left unsupervised while their parents/guardians/carers are playing tennis or are elsewhere. 

Under 8’s are not permitted to attend GLTC without an accompanying guardian / adult taking responsibility for their care. Children are very welcome in the club and clubhouse, however, we would stress that parents advise their children to heed caution when on our club balcony & staircase ie no running, jumping or horse-play is allowed.