Huge well done to our junior teams …

A huge WELL DONE to our junior teams that all played so well this weekend in the winter county leagues. The U16 Girls 1’s (Georgie Charles & Emily Pagan) beat Active Academy in an extremely tight match, and the U12 boys (Sam Cawood, Finn Baker-Grace, Sam Fussey and Freddie Schlag) had an excellent convincing win against Manydown. The U16 Girls 2’s (Willow Cockerill & Savanna Cockerill) lost a tough match to Winchester. Well done to all of you, and thank you to the parents for your support.


Miss Hits … and more from Juniors

“A fab picture of our wonderful Miss Hits girls,(see above) which was retweeted yesterday by the one and only Judy Murray! Thanks to Sarah Rutherford for doing an amazing job with the girls!” from Kathy
(This was originally posted on Facebook and got several great comments. Here’s one of them – “Amelia loves her Miss Hit Lessons & Sarah really is “The Best Teacher”)

Also in Junior News :
“Well done Team Avondale winning the Team challenge against Chatters and Manydown” from Jamie

“Half term camps have been great this week. Finished off with a fab Team Camp, in lovely October sunshine. Thanks to all players, parents, coaches and leaders!” from Kathy




Praise for a holiday camp!

A satisfied parent posted this message on Facebook about her two daughters :

“They are absolutely loving their week of tennis and fitness at Avondale and Fit Body In 6. Big thanks to Kathy Charles and team at both Avondale and FBI6 for such a great holiday camp.”

Good to hear it is such a success.


What’s on for Juniors update : Summer 2017

We have now added to the events we are running for Juniors during the school holidays. As described in an earlier post there are holiday camps throughout August. There will also be cluster tennis and tactical play sessions. For most of the activities, we ask you to register in advance. The exception is Mini Red on Wednesdays from 4:00 during August. Just turn up, Pay and Play.

Please remember that we are having a Teen Tennis event on Friday September 8th which is free and non-members will be welcome. Please spread the word amongst your friends and encourage them to come along. It won’t just be “normal” tennis games – there will be Cardio Tennis, Touch Tennis and other tennis related games and activities.

For all the details, please follow this link Summer courses 2017 to the Holiday Courses Page (on the Coaching menu).


She Rallies

Kathy Charles, Sarah Rutherford and Georgie Charles enjoyed a fun day at a recent She Rallies event with Judy Murray as the star guest. She Rallies is a new initiative aimed at coaching the next generation of coaches with the over-arching aim of creating opportunities in tennis for women and girls from the grassroots through to international level. Sarah is the Ambassador for Hampshire, and was one of the main coaches in charge of the day, and Kathy was helping out. Having attended the day with us, Georgie is now a trained Activator.
There is a whole range of activities running at Avondale over the school holidays, with some of the great ideas being put into use.





Mini-red tournament

Well done to Oscar Callaghan, Toby Cronin, Toby Oldham, Denis Sabitova and Ben Slade who took part in the Mini Red 8U Grade 5 tournament at Guildford Tennis Academy. Playing on artificial clay with sponge balls, our players had 8 matches in one big group, first to 7 points wins. The boys won some and lost some but they enjoyed the experience.

At the club we are keen to try and help children improve and develop as players, and in order to achieve this outcome it is important that, along with coaching and practising, they try and play matches. This helps the player develop tactically and also shows up areas that they may need to work on.

The players were accompanied by Sarah Rutherford and Samuel Conway.


Miss Hits at Avondale

We are starting a new event for Juniors on June 7th, called Miss Hits. Open to non-members aged 4-8. It is on Wednesdays from 1645-1730. The cost for a session is £6:00. For more details, click here.

Kathy Charles and Judy Murray at a Miss-Hits coaches training day at Winchester Tennis Club and Sarah Rutherford with Judy Murray at Birmingham.

Two pictures from the Great British Tennis Weekend event at Avondale Tennis Club.