The nail-biting 2018 World Cup matches have got our little ones wild about one football right now, so much so that we’ve hustled them off to soccer school just so they can stop playing footie in the house. But for those of us who prefer to watch a good old game of tennis, Wimbledon has had us on the edge of our seats as we watch fellow mum and American sports hero, Serena Williams, power her way through to the second round. Indeed, she could well be on her way to her 24th singles title: impressive (especially since we can barely make it to the gym)! Turns out that tennis, other than being a great game for parent-child bonding (unless you’re really competitive!) also helps hand-eye coordination, reflexes and motor skills development, so we’ve sussed out some of the best tennis lessons for kids around the island. Who knows? Your little champs might even be off to Wimbledon themselves some day.
Specially designed for kids aged four to 12 years old, Sport4Kids provides tailored programmes for different age groups where kids can pick up techniques, coordination and motor skills. Taught by ex-pro tennis players, S4Kids is keeping it simple and goal-oriented so kids can play a great game without losing their passion for the sport.
Various locations, www.sport4kids.sg/sports/tennis.html
Savitar boasts a world-class tennis programme that teaches students from as young as four years old to train under professional coaches. It has eight locations across Singapore and makes use of the facilities in international schools, hotels and private clubs. Kids aged seven to 16 years old of any skill level can choose to attend tennis camps for an intense training session which will improve their game while keeping things fun and enjoyable.
Locations at Singapore American School, UWCSEA Dover and UWCSEA East, Marlborough College Malaysia, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Grand Hyatt Singapore, The Fairmont Hotel, ONE15 Marina Club (members only); savitar.sg
Ignite Tennis bases its programme off the ITF Play & Stay campaign to cultivate a love for the game in kids. Kids as young as five years old can progress all the way to competitive levels. Also, look out for its holiday camps in March, June and December where kids can try their hand at the sport and even attend ad hoc sessions. Not sure whether tennis is ‘the’ sport for your ‘lil ones? Sign up for a free trial!
Locations at Salvation Army Family Hub, Changi Beach Club and NUSS; www.ignitetennis.com.sg/kids-and-youths
The Hollandse Club has five astro turf courts with floodlighting for night time lessons. Kids can start off learning about tennis, build team work and play games before moving up to the Juniors group where they can improve their game and get some coaching on a competitive level. The lessons are guided by professional tennis players. Hot tip: Hollandse Club has a supervised kids room for kids aged two to 11 years which is stocked with tons of games, movies and crafts – the perfect place for youngsters to hang out before and after their tennis lesson.
22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814; hollandseclub.org.sg/sports/tennis
At TFL Training, kids can start out early and work their way through the Mini Tennis series. Or, if they’re a late bloomer, the Beginner Programme for 11 to 17 year olds will help them pick up the game pretty speedily. TFL also provides private lessons for up to two people and hosts birthday parties for kids aged four to 10 with an ultimate tennis-themed bash.
Raffles Town Club, 1 Plymouth Avenue, Singapore 297753; www.tfl-training.com/tennis
Banana Tennis Academy
Apart from it’s very a-peeling name, we love the flexible lessons available at Banana Tennis Academy. Staffed with certified and more importantly, motivated and inspiring coaches, Banana Tennis doesn’t have structured lessons but focuses on teaching kids the fundamentals. The unique training programmes are customised to each student to tackle weaknesses and develop technique, guaranteeing your tennis classes to be fruitful.
Various locations; www.tennissg.com
SITA Tennis Academy
Situated on Dempsey Hill, one of our fave family hangouts, SITA Tennis Academy offers tennis lessons for kids taught by experienced tennis players and ex Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) ranked tennis instructors and classes are tailored to each player’s needs. It offers Mini Tennis, an Elite Junior Development program as well as International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament-training for those who like the sound of ‘ITF junior world ranked’ appended to their name. Plus, there’s plenty of cafes and restaurants around the area for you to grab a coffee while your little one develops into a world champ.
130E Harding Road, Singapore 249543, also located in Orchid Country Club, Keppel Club, SJI International and Tanglin Trust School; www.sitatennis.com
Kids aiming to be the next Roger Federer or Steffi Graf? The Singapore Tennis Association doesn’t just have programmes for kids three and up, it has specially designed programmes for those who want to get a little more serious at tennis, all the way up to tournament level. The Rising Stars programme is designed for kids under 13 who are aiming to play competitively, or if you’re looking to play regular games with peers, the SPEX Junior Tennis Scheme fits the bill.
Jalan Besar Swimming Complex, 100 Tyrwhitt Road #04-02, Singapore 207542; www.singtennis.org.sg
Not only does Tanglin Academy train kids to adults, it has a special focus on tots from four to 12 years old. Situated among Turf City’s racing tracks, Tanglin Academy boasts the largest number of tennis courts, including six Play & Stay mini courts suitable for toddlers. The Play & Stay programme introduces kids to tennis in a fun way, aiming to cultivate a love for the game and develop life skills as well as mental strength and attitude. The programme is structured according to age with the junior series for kids seven to 14 years old being exposed to clay and hard courts. Why let the kids have all the fun? You can attend clinics, or lessons yourself, or even rent the court for a casual rally with the gals.
220 Turf Club Road, Singapore 288001; tanglinacademy.com.sg
Shaws Little League
How about tennis for tots at Shaws Little League? Toddlers will pick up the very basics, from keeping their eye on the ball to hitting it over the net. There’s a huge range of equipment available for kids of all ages including mini-nets, kid-sized racquets and, of course, the ball machine. You can sign up for up to 48 sessions a year and if your little one isn’t feeling like Wimbledon is the future, they can attend other children’s sports sessions instead.
The Cage in Kallang and Bukit Timah and Offside at Whitley; shawslittleleague.com
If you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly alternative, ActiveSG offers Mini Tennis for kids to pick up the sport on the weekends during the school semester, and a weekday schedule during the school holidays. Kids who want to take their game to the next level can sign up for the Junior and Youth Development Tennis Programme.
Various locations; www.myactivesg.com
SAFRA offers lessons on Saturdays and Sundays for little ones as young as three years old up to 14 years old. All Juniors are welcome, whether you’re a ‘Pee Wee’ or a ‘Player’. So get ready to serve!
Lessons at SAFRA Yishun, SAFRA Tampines and SAFRA Jurong; www.safra.sg
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