Mini-tennis, Junior, and Intermediate scene.

There are three levels of junior tennis at the club. The under 10’s and beginners usually start with mini-tennis which itself has three levels, green, orange and red. As their ball skills and co-ordination develop, the young children move up through the levels. When they are capable of holding a rally on a normal size court, they progress to junior status.
At junior level, normally in the age range 11 - 15, the children play on Saturday mornings between 10.00am and 1.00pm and on Monday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.00pm.

When the junior committee consider that a junior has achieved the playing ability to play with adults as well as having sufficient maturity to mix sociably, they nominate the junior to the main committee to move onto intermediate status. As intermediates, they can join in with adult social tennis on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Sunday mornings. They can also play in winter league sessions and adult league matches.

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The Juniors Organisation.

Child Welfare Policy Statement.

A team of volunteers run the Junior section in conjunction with the professional coaching set-up. Anyone involved in the junior programme is either CRB checked or should not be allowed in any one-to-one situation until so checked. The club has a member appointed as Child Protection Officer who ensures that the club has a child protection policy, ensures that it is adhered to, co-ordinates CRB checks, and deals with any issues that involve the safeguarding of children.

Saturdays
During the morning, sessions with professional coaching, run with support from volunteers and a group of intermediates. The sessions take place from 10.00am –12.00pm after which there are then courts free from 12.00pm – 1.00pm for junior social play and private coaching.

Monday evenings
The current program is very busy with the emphasis on social play. A mini tennis group runs from 6.00pm –7.00pm but also Coaches run pay and play session for those younger juniors at the end of the mini tennis age and just starting full tennis.From 7.00pm – 9.00pm the singles ladder takes place.

Other evenings
There are a mix of coaching squads and individual lessons run by the coaching staff and during school holidays, the coaches arrange a number of tennis camps.

Junior matches
There are matches mostly on Saturdays typically from 1.00pm.

DTC in the county tennis scene
Many of the juniors at the club play in the various county squads and/or have represented the county.

Dunstable Tennis Club is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to practise the sport of tennis. We do this by:
  • Recognising that all children have the right to freedom from abuse.
  • Ensuring that our volunteers are carefully selected and accept the responsibility for helping to prevent the abuse of children in their care.
  • Responding swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse and providing parents and children the opportunity to voice concerns they may have.
  • Appointing a Child Welfare Officer who will take specific responsibility for child safety and act as the point of contact for parents, children and any outside agencies.
  • Ensuring access to confidential information is restricted to the Child Welfare Officer or appropriate agencies.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of our child welfare policy and activities each year immediately before the annual general meeting.

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