NB Tennis is a professional tennis development company. Their founder, Neil Biddle, has been at the forefront of tennis development since 1989 when he started teaching in a local park and approached a primary school to offer his services. Since then, Neil and his team have helped introduce thousands of children and adults to the game of tennis.
The coaches that work within NB Tennis are often chosen from within the junior coaching program. All four of the current coaching team have come from this route and have the same knowledge and passion as Neil.
They specialise in the development of tennis from grass roots. Their experienced team of coaches can take players from complete beginner through to county tournament standard. NB Tennis believes tennis is all about fun, be it socially playing with friends or competitively playing in tournaments.
They also create strong club links in the local community. Giving other clubs better structure and renewing / growing club facilities.
Lessons & Services
Looking for a new way to work out?
Cardio Tennis is a fun, sociable group fitness class set on a tennis court and open to people of all ages and abilities.
Supported by music and qualified instructors, you’ll get to hit lots of tennis balls during your class and have a great cardio workout at the same time.
What is a typical class like?
Your trained Cardio Tennis instructor will lead you through a 60 minute class consisting of a short warm up and cool down either side of a 40 minute full body workout.
Warm up - Some dynamic stretching, skills and drills to get your body warm and mind sharp before the workout begins.
Aerobic section - Here’s your chance to hit loads of shots, including forehands, backhands, serves and volleys, all mixed with a variety of fitness activities.
Tennis section - Put your shots into practice with fun tennis games. You’ll never play one-on-one; your team mates will be with you all the way.
Cool down - Well done, you made it! Now it’s time to recover and stretch.
What else do I need to know?
What do I need to bring? - Bring along your own racket if you have one, if not don’t worry as you will be able to borrow one from your NB Tennis coach. Wear comfortable gym kit and trainers. You’ll be working up a sweat, so don’t forget to bring a water bottle too!
Do I need to be good at tennis? - No! Cardio Tennis is for anyone who wants to get fit and have a go at tennis. The class moves along quickly, so no one will be judging your skills, and it doesn’t matter whether the ball goes in or out.
Do I need to be fit? - No! Cardio Tennis is for anyone who wants to have fun getting fit.
Do I have to be a member of a club? - No! All NB Tennis venues will offer classes on a pay and play basis.
What better way to fast track your improvement than with a one-on-one coaching session - an hour just for you to develop those areas of your game most important to you.
All of our coaches are available to deliver lessons to members or non-members; you can go it alone or you may wish to organise a small group or play with a friend to share the cost. Either way you will enjoy a tailored session with one of our qualified coaches best suited to your requirements.
CAMPS / COURSES
Do your children want to play tennis?
Holiday courses/camps are an ideal way to introduce your child to lots of other children keen to make friends.
Tennis is a great social sport and gets us fit. During the courses our coaches will introduce the key shots and skills including agility, balance and coordination needed to play the game.
We offer a full racket restringing service. Choose your string type and tension, or let us recommend what we feel will suit you best. Price depends on the type of string being used. For a standard restring using pros pro synthetic gut, prices start from £15. We restring tennis squash and badminton rackets using our electronic stringing machine.
Junior tennis coaching
We teach children from the ages of 4 – 18, using equipment appropriate to the players age, size and strength full stop. The tennis balls that we use are determined by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The type we use are, Red, Orange, Green and Yellow. The red balls are the slowest in the air and are low bounce, suitable for young children learning the game. The Orange, Green and Yellow balls get progressively harder and faster and bounce higher accordingly. When using Red or Orange balls the court is smaller than a full size tennis court. In all LTA competitions different ball types are used for the following age groups:
Ages 8 and Under – Red
Ages 9 and Under – Orange
Ages 10 and Under – Green
Ages 11 and Above – Yellow
However NB Tennis believe that children develop differently so we select children for classes based on the appropriate ball for their skill level and size.
We grade children with the following levels:
Level 1 – Beginner
Level 2 – Improver
Level 3 – Intermediate
Level 4 – Club
Level 5 – Tournament
Players can improve their skills faster by attending extra group lessons / squads or by having private coaching on an individual or shared basis or by entering our weekly tournaments.
Junior Development /Junior Group Coaching is designed for children 8 -17 years of age and is a program for players of all standards but can be used as a feeder to the more advanced Performance Programs. The Junior Development focuses on steadily developing the technical skills and potential of each player whilst taking a holistic approach to training, drills, technique and points play.
These courses are ideal for anyone returning to play after a long break or taking up tennis for the first time. Game based learning is used to emphasise basic stroke production. This includes forehand & backhand groundstrokes, serve & return of serve and volley & smash techniques. Games and point based scenarios are used to reinforce technique, introduce basic tactics and strong scoring systems.
These courses are for more experienced players who want to gain consistency. Players at this standard will have a basic skill base and will probably have played tennis for some time. As a guide, you should have sufficient skill to be able to: consistently rally to 10 from the baseline using forehands and backhands, serve overarm, volley and smash with 60% efficiency.
Beginner - This means you’ve never played, just started playing, haven’t picked up a racket for years or are still working on the basics of your game.
Improver - You know the basic techniques and are able to keep a rally going, however you still make quite a few mistakes and you may find serving difficult.
Intermediate - You play fairly regularly and your technique is sound. You use some tactical play but struggle a little when putting together points against advanced players.
Advanced - You have played a lot of tennis over many years. Serving with spin, placement and power are part of your game. You can rally consistently and create opportunities to win points off both your forehand and backhand. You play regularly or have the desire to play more competitive
It’s difficult to make an objective self-rating; we recommend you ask a coach to decide for you.