London Tennis CLINICs
An intensive programme of tennis for players wishing to develop their tennis ability. We run our Technical Clinics in Easter, May (Bank Holiday and half-term) and the summer holidays. The Clinics are non-residential and open to all levels. Please check which Clinics are suitable for adults and children.
The London tennis clinics are based in Barn Elms, Barnes (SW13). With twenty all-weather and astro-turf tennis courts this is a perfect location for our intensive tennis programme. The tennis courts are part of a larger sports facility which itself is set in 52 acres of parkland and adjacent to over 100 acres of the beautiful Wetlands Centre.
- 5 hours per day of intensive tennis coaching
- 6 Astro-turf courts
- Competitive play for all ages and standards
- Under 10's - ITF training package (Including starter balls)
- Superb location in picturesque Barn Elms
- Video analysis
- Free t-shirt
- Free parking (!)
- Lunch option available
As with all Jonathan Markson Clinics, the coaches are selected by our experienced Jonathan Markson Team. Coaches are selected not just for their technical knowledge or playing proficiency but also their enthusiasm and motivational qualities.
Our aim is to create a dynamic but also enjoyable atmosphere, in which players of all levels improve technically, physically and mentally. Our success is shown in the number of returning players we get each year.
Our Head Coach at the London Tennis Clinic is Erwan Nicolas. Erwan is a Master Performance Coach (LTA Level 5) and currently coaches at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
Tennis CLinic Details
5 hours of intenisve tennis coaching per day from 10 am and 4.30 pm. The morning session will involve a demonstration followed by a warm-up and then drills aimed at improving technique and consistency. The afternoon session will concentrate more on competitive play, tactics and mental attitude.
The course is designed for beginners, intermediates and advanced
players. Children and adults will be coached in separate groups (Please note the only Clinic open to children is from the 27th July).
All participants have the option of being filmed on video at the start and end of the clinic. Each tennis stroke is subjected to expert analysis. Video analysis can help you and your coach identify even the smallest changes to vastly improve your game. Read more about our coaching philosophy .
Under 10's - ITF Package
To help children under 10 (non-residents) improve their tennis we run an ITF approved training programme which includes the special starter balls, nets and re-marked smaller courts.
During the Clinic you will have the opportunity to test some of the latest tennis rackets from our sponsor, Wilson .
The courses include good, nutritionally balanced lunches provided by an experienced chef. For teas and coffees and alcoholic beverages (adults only), there is a café on site as well as a Starbucks within short walking distance.
Children will be supervised at all times and will not be allowed to leave the site without parental permission unless accompanied by a tennis coach.
Availability will be limited. Please therefore book up early to avoid disappointment. We will accept bookings on a first-come first-served basis.
Parking and transport
There is free parking on site. Barn Elms is also well served by local bus and train services.
London Tennis Camp (Barnes), August 2013
London tennis Camp (Barnes), August 2013
Overall really good 3 days, learnt a lot. Enjoyed the second day the most - great to have some sessions with one coach to 2-3 people. Some sessions (mainly on day 3) a little disorganised unclear instructions or not clear how moving through groups. Would also be good, in line with current teaching approaches, to do more asking than telling; for example on day 3 when attendees make mistakes, ask them what they think they have done wrong rather than tell them again what they have already been told. Help them to work it out for themselves. Would be good to see a number of female coaches too.
The overall service that was provided by this company from the time of booking to engaging with the professionals, namely Matthew, Erwan, Stefan, Yves, Nico, Fabrice, and Brendan, was professional in nature. In terms of organisational matters, my impression is that Matthew and Erwan seem to lead, manage and collaborate adequately to ensure that things run smoothly for the benefit of everyone so that everyone was given that facilitative/comfortable space to engage with the learning process. Although they had their teaching/mentoring/leadership/managerial hats on, engaging or communicating was done on an adult to adult basis.
I also completed the Easter 2015 Course and also experienced this level of professionalism along with the general sense that the team really loves tennis and were also interested in how we will translate what we have learnt to future games. I think something that was really evident and which this company/team should take pride in, is the fact that although it was a group approach to learning they very much valued individuality/uniqueness and catered for individuals needs in theory and practice. I very much like how the coaches were aware of the movement/the mechanics/the theoretical and practical aspects of tennis and how they were able discuss these along with technical and tactical aspects and apply these to my and others’ style of play so that we could play comfortably while we try to improve. Hence, the team seemed to cater for the different abilities that were present and matched these very well. I was able to play against people of different levels and this helped me to adjust my game plan. Playing against people of a lower level who for example was hitting the ball with less pace gave me chance to slow down and think about the shot that I should play to either generate speed or to accurately return the ball. I generally play in an instinctive way and like the ball coming at me with a lot of pace. I felt that the coaches value the importance of us thinking on what shot we should play and the importance of playing in different conditions.
Although, I was there at Easter time I found that I picked up on different nuances/style of knowledge delivery which drove home concepts more clearly. To emphasise this point, I know that I could struggle with hitting the ball a little late, although, it was drilled into to us the last and this time that the ball should be hit in front of us or in that particular hitting zone. Practically, I found it a bit easier to do this time and I found that it really helped after Fabrice said that we should concentrate on watching the ball from behind the racket while in that hitting zone. I sometimes tend to hit ball with a predominantly close to very open stance but this was fixed or perhaps better at times when Fabrice with his energetic self would exclaim ‘track that ball with your non playing hand!’ These are the things that I am putting into my game which is causing my club mates to notice some improvement. I also enjoyed the doubles tactics that Fabrice delivered. It was good to see that he tried very hard for everyone to have a go at all the aspects of this. My favourite was when the net players had to intercept the ball from going to partner who was standing in a cross court path.
I also liked Stefan’s way of teaching during the approach shots, volleys and smashes. He was able to quickly assess where I or others were having little difficulties and was able to give us little tips to quickly put into play to help these. If someone asked a question, he would quickly answer this and ask if anyone else had any more questions before continuing with the drills. I think the warm up sessions that he and the others lead were really pitched right and I think on a whole the team valued warm up, cooling down and people’s mental and physical well being. I know that I need to get fitter so these warm up were vital.
I know that I sometimes got a little out of breath after sprinting after a ball, making a shot and then playing an energetic net rally. Nico presented as very good at observing this would calmly and from a distance gesture to me to breathe out easily and for me to calm. It reminded me of some of the mindfulness or breathing exercises that I apply in my line of work. It also reminded me of the strategy that I use to use when I use to run long distances when I was younger. Erwan also taught the importance of breathing and relaxing between points by even applying a strategy of dropping/relaxing your hands at the side while holding the racket in one hand. I have been trying to do this more. Overall, and I would have probably said this before, I think the team was able to quickly notice individual issues that needed working on and would give little pointers. Nico on this occasion quickly pick up on some of the little things that I needed to work on to help to make my serve more consistent. He was also to give pointers as per the type of things /shots that could apply with the type of serve that I have. It was good to see that Erwan took a general/enthusiastic interest in how the coaches were instructing or facilitating. He visited all the courts frequently and would make comments and praise where necessary.
I enjoyed engaging with the process involved with the video analysis. Yves did a great job in relation to this. Yves was also quick at noticing things that are related to my preparation before hitting a forehand. Yves’ manner in relation to this was very positive and I had the feeling that I was valued and that Yves really wanted me to do well in putting the little preparations into practice. I will cherish this video when it is sent to me. Now when I am preparing to hit the ball I can still hear/remember Yves’ voice saying ‘Pivot’. The Mirror analogy that was used by Yves was very helpful and is something that I would be consciously trying to apply. I played against Yves twice in the doubles tournament at the end and I must say what a great reader in terms of using shots that an opponent does not like. Yves quickly worked out that I struggled with returning a particular serve or shot and was using these all the time, in an effort to win but more importantly I felt that it was also a learning opportunity to see how I would deal with shots that I did not like. Yves also threw other shots to see how I would react to change in momentum. Although all the Coaches played the Doubles Games with great passion and spirit, I think Yves was the greatest in this department. Sorry Fabrice, I know some of your lefty/slice shots were great but I had no problems in returning or hitting back those that were of fast pace.
I really enjoyed the classroom situation and the way Erwan was able to apply the theory to concrete/live examples or players. I know that this came about because of the rain on the earlier part of that day and because it would not have been safe to play outside at the time. In terms of rain, my critique would be for the company to look at forming links with another venue that has indoor courts or facilities so that if it rains consistently on any day(s), that the entire learning process could continue indoors. This as people (including myself) travel from very far to attend. I would not have liked to miss out on this camp if the rain was bad. That said, I am more or less aware that this company has the option of a player re- taking the time loss because of rain, etc at another camp/later date. Additionally, I think that Barnes site is a great venue and is easily accessible. I also think Matthew does good job at trying to show this either by use of the photos or by the descriptions that he and his team put together. It was good to see Matthew looking enthusiastic while we train and while he took the relevant shots. What was good to see is that there was a lot of tennis around. It was also good to see cricket and beach volley ball sessions taking place nearby. It was also good to see people running, jogging or fast walking. I am true believer that witnessing different sports in any one area is very valuable for the spirit of sports and this was another thing that felt good about the Barnes site.
I enjoyed the lunches and there was some Tuna and pasta mix/bake on the menu. Pam and June did a great job at lunch and they both seemed happy to do their jobs. They also seem to want us to do well. I like the fact that coaches sit at different tables with players and discuss with players. I had to eat smaller portions as I can struggle with the length of the lunch break. For most people the 1 hour or so was fine. If perhaps this could be extended by at least 30 minutes to aid digestion and perhaps for Erwan to do some more classroom/theory during this time. I however appreciate that others may prefer to use this time on the court, instead.
Overall, I have enjoyed the camps that I attended and would attend again but next time on another surface. I am seriously looking at the camp in Majorca next year as I would really like to apply/improve my skills on this surface. I would really like to learn how to SLIDE. Thanks everyone for your hospitality/dedication to teaching tennis as I think this allowed for people of different abilities, skills levels or backgrounds to gel or work together. Thank you.
fun coaches and great exercises. I'd probably have kept the groups separate throughout though. V
Good organisation and enthusiastic staff. The artificial surface was new to me and certainly made it different. My one suggestion is that there should be more splitting of groups by standard as some of the better players were starting to get frustrated
Thanks for your positive feedback. We have a review pf the camp at the end of the week with the team so we will add this to our discussions.
Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
Really good coaches, and excellent coach to pupil ratio. Good variation of drills and match play, and the teaching was really well adapted to quite a range of different levels. Good value too. I'd definitely recommend it.
Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
Venue great, coaches great, lunch great! Only thing I would suggest is to work more video analysis into the programme.
Yves (Video coach) will be very pleased with your comment!
Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
Overall I think that the service that this company provide was great. I think this company always has someone to respond or provide some sort of out of hours response to queries or questions as soon as possible. The overall level of professionalism of all the coaches and the rest of the team was of a high standard. This resulted in everyone in my opinion or perception feeling safe/far from shy to engage with the content of the camp even when dealing with the weak elements of his or her game.The expressive approaches used were very helpful, for example Aiden's and Ralph's had us verbalising certain steps as we approached shots, helping in my case to try to get rid of bad habits or to help me to hit the ball earlier. Aiden's 'Bounce, Hit, Split' was playing in my head for some time after. Erwan and Nico have got a very good way of breaking things down and able to apply aspects of their French experience in making points clearer. I enjoyed the over the lunch chats about Clay Court Tennis with Nico as I like the Clay very much. I think the discussions had got me thinking seriously about attending a future Clay court Camp, abroad. Josh also had his own style as to how he approach teaching and seem to emphasise aspect of the natural body movements or the 'Feel Tennis' aspect. Erwan was also good at putting into discussions aspects of body mechanics or movement in an effort to make shots effortless and effective.This helped me to slow down more and be less instinctive and try to be more technical. I like the overall approach of constant or appropriate movement or actions that the teachers apply to this camp. I like the fact that they take warming up and cooling down very seriously. I find it a little hard at first and this was primarily because I need to get fitter. It became a bit easier at the end. The Video analysis one the last day was very good. Perhaps my only critique in relation to this is that for me it might have been good if at the start the bad aspects of our game/shots could have been videoed and then compare these to a video at the end. Josh explained my clips in a very practical/applicable way. Throughout this process as it was the case throughout the camp, we all had the opportunity to ask questions and the question and answer aspects in the smaller groups were appropriate and very helpful. I think everyone seemed to enjoy the camp and I know that some of us would be back. I would certainly visit again and soon as I would like to do some more intensive work in relation to technique or tactics. I very much like the way that the coaches were able to give very quick answers in terms of how to deal with weak aspects of one's game. For me, I am trying to work more on my volleys (which I hate and cannot really do) and positioning my body in making shots. The recapping of techniques learnt in the morning or previously was very helpful. Putting these into match or game format was also helpful.
I enjoyed the lunches and the two ladies at the Dining Hall were very helpful. The only minor critique in relation to lunch is that it could have included something more fish related to add some variety. This I would have also find lighter as I do not really eat much when I playing or exercising. In terms of fish I was also mindful that it was Good Friday and I tend to traditionally eat fish on this Day. To add some more variety to the meals something like nice warm salads might have been appropriate. This should be considered in relation to the length of the lunch break.
Overall I liked the atmosphere/spirit of the group and the fact that the coaches rotated and that sometimes some of the smaller groups were slightly different by about 2 or three people. I think more small group rotation would be helpful to ensure people play people with different styles/shots. The presentation at the end was very appropriate and I think that everyone went home feeling valued. I also think Barnes was great and fairly easy to get to. Perhaps in the future it might be helpful to consider a venue with access to indoor courts that could also be booked in the event of heavy rains. Thankfully the weather was good. I enjoyed this camp. Thank you.
the welcome was very professional and friendly, the 4 days were very well organised and the coaches and head coach, Erwan, were good. Many good technical and tacticial points were covered and time was spent practicing the learnings. My only constructive feedback is that I felt that coaches did not give enough personal feedback on performance and did not really have time to potentially correct participants on an individual basis. I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 days and habe learned a LOT!! Thanks JM and team.
I had a nice time at the camp but I would have benefitted more from a variety of coaches: I had Ralf for one morning, Nicholas for 1 morning and Hayden for the rest of my time. I would have liked to have more of Ralf since I learnt the most from him, and since I was moved from group to group I didn't get this chance and kept getting the same coach for most of the time.
Like Ralf, it would have been great if coaches watched players more during ralleys and gave them individual feedback instead of just letting them play and not watching them: the camp felt more like a 'practise what you know' rather than 'learn something new'.
The video session was very useful I found; it helped me to see myself and to see what I'm doing wrong.
Very good overall tennis coaching strategy.
The coach Ralph was just excellent; we all improved considerably our serves while enjoying the experience.
The food was poor. Thankfully there was salad and fruits, but the main meals were just not healthy.
The above opinions were also shared by others in my group.
Tennis was good. The food provided was very poor - cheap processed pizzas and value yougrts. This definitely needs improving, or the price should be reduced to exclude lunch so people can go and buy something healthy separately. Thanks
Thank you for your feedback. We will be reviewing the food offering as we have had a few of these comments so we will be taking this up with the external caterers.
Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
In general what I expected and I was very happy. For the Barnes camp however you had an absolutely exceptional coach who managed to teach the technical aspects very well and make me laugh too. She was from Italy but I haven't a clue how to spell her name unfortunately.
This made us laugh! Thank you. We have also struggled with the spelling and continually get it wrong!!!! For the records - her name is Majka :))
Matthew Cooke (Managing Director)
Excellent coaching, food could have been better (burnt pizza two days in a row). Shame about the weather.
Having never been on one of your courses before, I had no idea what to expect.
I liked the age range of the people who were all learning together.
The instructors were very good. The only comment i would make was that it was a little difficult to understand what Rafiel was saying.
I will most certainly be coming on another one in the future.
Thank you again
No problems, very professional
Tennis Clinics & Packages Available - 2015
Prices are for 1 person. The Clinics are non-residential. A hot/cold buffet lunch is optional (please specificy at time of booking).
|Arrival||Departure||Tennis||Tennis + Lunch||Suitable For|
|3 April||6 April||FULL||FULL||Adults Only|
|2 May||4 May||£220||£235||Adults Only|
|25 May||29 May||£275||£300||Adults and Kids (Over 7yrs)|
|27 July||31 Jul||£275||£300||Adults and Kids (Over 7yrs)|
|29 Aug||31 Aug||£220||£235||Adults Only|
|26 Oct||30 Oct||£275||£300||Adults and Kids (Over 7yrs)|
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