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How you can support Tennis Canberra during the COVID-19 shutdown

How you can support Tennis Canberra during the COVID-19 shutdown

How you can support Tennis Canberra during the COVID-19 shutdown

Our Tennis Canberra team is determined to ride out this pandemic. From battling smoke, hail and rain it feels like we’ve been “down a break” before the year even started.

Our coaches could just laugh during the hail storm, while watching our cars get destroyed. We could just ask ourselves what was coming next? An earthquake was my guess…  A pandemic was not even a thought at the time but watching COVID-19 shutdown our business in a space of 3 days. It left us feeling empty, stressed and confused.  It was the silent storm that took the country off-guard.

For most our current Tennis Canberra coaches the goal is to return to the community we love but we face some obstacles ahead.  Restarting our programs will not be like pressing the unpause button.  We will need to re-energise, restructure and rebuild our humble community from the bottom-up.

Over the last week our team has been overwhelmed with messages of support.  Your love is enough to give us the motivation to continue the daily grind.  Like Rafa, Ash Barty and Lleyton Hewitt we are going to take inspiration from them to work even harder during the toughest of times.

HOW YOU CAN HELP… FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW

Cashflow is the major factor in the Tennis Canberra  fallout from COVID-19.  We are hoping we can limit the structural and financial losses.  As mentioned in previous updates, a couple of our coaches are not eligible for Government assistance as they are on a Temporary Visa (we really hope this rule changes but we are not holding our breath). For this reason, our team has decided looking after Coaches Pedro & Sam as our top priority as they are the future of Tennis Canberra.

We thank all those who have offered to donate funds or telling us to keep the remaining lessons that we haven’t completed.  As much as we may need these breaks we believe that if you have paid for our services we will  follow-through and complete these remaining sessions in due time.  Just be ready to hit the courts when we have the green-light. We love what we do an no money will change our passion for coaching a sport we love.

The best way to help our team is to support the “Tennis Canberra services” listed below or Pre-purchase a 2020 Spring Coaching Season Package.

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PRE-PURCHASE SPRING 2020 COACHING PROGRAM

  • Start Date: August 24 – December 20th
  • 15-week season
  • Junior & Adult Coaching Groups
  • Walk-To-Tennis: After-school Pick Up Program Available (Selected Schools)

Not only will this help manage cashflow during the shut down it will help us plan to make a seamless transition back on to the court.

We sincerely thank you for your support and will work extremely hard to run even better lessons when we get the green light.


Most of the sessions listed in the 2020 SPRING Season have a high chance of going ahead however, it is subject to change pending on the COVID-19 fluid situation.

Private Lesson – One-on-one Personal Training

At this present time one-on-one Private Lessons are the only on court service we can run.  We are hoping that this service can help those who use tennis to increase their physical, mental and emotional health.  These sessions will be under strict COVID-19 guidelines and will be offered in-line with Tennis Australia’s advice.


  • 1-hour Private Lessons – $80
  • 1-hour Private Lesson (x2 a week) – $70
  • 1-hour Private Lesson (x3 a week) – $60

  • 1-hour Two Player Split Private (30 mins each) – $80 ($40 each)
  • 1.5-hour Two Player Split Private (45 mins each) – $110 ($55 each)

RACQUET & RESTRING – PICK-UP & DROP-OFF HOME SERVICE 

Restringing

Due to the fact our coaches are off court we have a lot of time to service your racquet.  Our restringing service includes – restring, re-grip, racquet clean plus *PICK UP & DROP OFF to your Canberra home

Racquets & Home Sporting Equipment

Need a new racquet to hit against the wall? Or do you need a mini court set up. We sell sporting equipment for you to stay fit. *We can arrange drop off to your door!


*We ask to leave a google review, send a photo for our social media or upload a photo enjoying thanking your Tennis Canberra coach. This service will only be available during the on-court COVID-19 shutdown.

PRE-PURCHASE TENNIS CANBERRA “The Return” PLAYERS SHIRT

New decade, new beginnings.  With a fresh new logo launched early in the year we knew 2020 was going to be one to remember.  We’ve always wanted to do this but never had the time but we want all our players to wear Tennis Canberra on their heart.

We are in the process of designing a special 2020 players shirt.  It will take inspiration from the events from 2020 and the new life Tennis Canberra will have once we return to the courts later in the year.

More information to come…

Suspension of all Coaching, Competitions & Events – COVID-19 UPDATE

Suspension of all Coaching, Competitions & Events – COVID-19 UPDATE

Suspension of all Coaching, Competitions & Events – COVID-19 UPDATE

As you know Tuesday March 24th the Federal Government has imposed stricter guidelines within the community.  For this reason, all Tennis Canberra Coaching Groups, Social Competition and Junior Competition will be SUSPENDED for the foreseeable future.

Although Tennis Australia has given us the green light to manage small coaching groups the only service our Tennis Canberra coaches will be providing are Private Lessons of no more than 3 players and will follow strict on court and venue guideline.

Private lesson will give a select few Tennis Canberra coaches to make a small income for basic needs.

Which programs are suspended?

Coaching

  • Junior Coaching Groups & Squads (Level 1-7)
  • WALK-TO-TENNIS: AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP PROGRAM
  • Adult Skills (Starter – Advance)
  • Cardio Tennis

Competitions

  • Adult Social Doubles
  • Adult Social Singles
  • Kids Hot Shots Match Play
  • ACT Junior Team Tennis

Upcoming Events

  • Tennis Education Camp (March 30th – April 9th)
  • Kids Holiday Camps (April 15th – April 24th)

Court Hire

  • Old Parliament House Tennis Club
  • Please visit other Tennis Canberra clubs directly as they are managed by independent committees CLICK HERE

Do I get credit for the remaining sessions left in my package?

Of course.  Most of our Summer/Autumn Coaching Programs and Competitions have 1-7  sessions left. Tennis Canberra will credit these sessions which can be used within 1 year from when we have the all clear to resume our groups and competitions.

When will I be able to re-join?

Once Tennis Australia allows us to run larger groups we will start coaching programs 1-week after restrictions lift.

Players will be able to re-join when we resume coaching programs or within a year from our restart date.

As competitions takes about a month to promote and organise competitions will be active one-month after restrictions lift.

Below are ideal dates we would like resume but it will obviously be dictated by Tennis Australia.

  • April 28th, (Term 2, Week 1)
  • May 11th, (Term 2, Week 3)
  • May 25th (Term 2, Week 5)
  • June 9th (Term 2, Week 7)
  • June 22nd (Term 2, Week 9)
  • July 20th (Term 3, Week 1)
  • August 3rd (Term 3, Week 3)
  • August 17th (Term 3, Week 5)

The Initial Tennis Canberra Fallout from COVID-19

It does hurt not to get on the court today and it was harder to tell all our coaches we would not be on court for the foreseeable future.  I got a couple hours of sleep knowing that today was going to be the day we suspend our regular groups.

Our team has dealt with fire & smoke, hail & rain but nothing would prepare us for a shutdown with no return date.

It has been an extremely long week starting Sunday 6pm.  Once announcements were made about limiting activities to outdoors and the closure of state boarders two coaches – Maddie and Andjela went back to their interstate home to be with family.

In four-days our humble team has suffered a huge blow and no Government support will see our small business come out the other side unscathed.  Two of our coaches Pedro and Sam are on a temporary visas and for this reason will not receive any Government support.  Pedro’s partner also lost their job and if one of coaches are hurting we all hurt with them.

Our primary goal over the next 1-6 months is to look these two as are unbelievable and passionate coaches and the future of Tennis Canberra.  If you do want to get on court for a weekly or casual private please get in touch.  The little income from privates lessons will give them the basics – rent and food.

We will do our best to stay motivated, use this time to learn more about our trade and build a better service as we know that it means so much to everyone.  Our tennis family is something special we have so many friends and everlasting memories.

We will continue to be in touch over the tough period. I thank you for all your support and wish you and your family greater health.

Robbie & the Tennis Canberra Team

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COVID 19 Update – Sunday March 22nd – Please Review

COVID 19 Update – Sunday March 22nd – Please Review

COVID 19 Update – Sunday March 22nd – Please Review

Hi Tennis Canberra Family,

With a major update from our Local and Federal Governments on Sunday March 22nd we want to be clear that the current status on Tennis Canberra programs will be fluid and can change on short notice.

Most Tennis Canberra Programs will continue for now. However, we will be adjusting some classes and competitions as some of our coaches are going back to their interstate residences before State boarders close.

We understand that everyone will have their own opinion on this matter but we will continue to comply with the measures currently put in place by our Federal and State Governments.

We encourage everyone to do what is best for them and their family and to please respect everyone’s personal decisions.

Tennis Australia has announced tennis is a low risk activity: it is outdoors, non-contact and  social distancing can be achieved.

Our goal while we are on court is to help people stay physically fit and emotionally healthy.  The Tennis Canberra team will put health first and understand if you do not feel comfortable with being on court at this present time do not stress  – we will place your program on hold and you can use this as credit when you are ready to return,

Please read all the program information and points as they will be relevant to you.

Group Lessons – Adults & Junior Lessons

  • Reducing the number of players in each class to 4-6 per coach (transitional period March 23-29th)
  • Additional classes will be held to achieve this ratio plus help us rearrange classes as 2 of our coaches have gone back to their interstate homes to be with family before the state boarders close.

Tuesday & Wednesday Social Doubles & Social Singles

ACT TEAM TENNIS & KIDS HOT SHOTS MATCH PLAY

HOLIDAY PROGRAM – April 6-9th (Week 1) & April 14-17th (Week 2)

  • Tennis Canberra plans to hold our April Camps, adding an additional day to both programs
  • Small groups (6-8 players) will be applied both on and off court
  • Limited spots available CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A SPOT

SCHOOL PICK UP PROGRAM – More information to come

  • Monday March 23 North Ainslie Walk will go ahead as planned (e-mail has been sent – reply if your kid is not attending)
  • Walks on and after Tuesday March 24th is pending the final announcement on optional attendance of school for the rest of the term (stay tuned as our local and federal government as different messages at present)

Wet Weather Procedure – Follow these steps

Canberra Tennis - Weather Update - Tennis ACT

Wet Weather Procedure – Follow these steps

Wet Weather Procedure – Follow these steps

The biggest question we get when the sky turns grey is, what happens if it rains? Do we still go ahead?

The simple answer is no, however, it isn’t always black and white due to the rain coming – before, during or after a lesson.

Below are 3 scenarios that may play out.  Please read them and choose the most appropriate one depending on the day.

Scenario #1: Overnight & Morning Rain… Do afternoon classes still go ahead?

If the weather clears in time, we go ahead as normal.

Currently not raining – 1-2hours before your session…

On clearing day, assuming we are going ahead unless you hear otherwise

You will be notified by the following platforms if rain has affected any session 1-2 hours before play.

  1. E-mail (please check your e-mail)
  2. Tennis Canberra Facebook Post – Join the Page CLICK HERE
  3. Tennis Canberra Instagram Stories – @TennisCBR

Scenario #2: Rain hits within an hour of the lesson…

If you do not hear anything, assume we are going ahead as normal.  There are instances where rain is falling in one part of Canberra and not in the other.

Raining where you are within an 1 hour before your session…

You will be notified by the following platforms if rain has affected any session 1 hour before play.

  1. E-mail (please check your e-mail)
  2. Tennis Canberra Facebook Post – Join the Page CLICK HERE
  3. Tennis Canberra Instagram Stories – @TennisCBR

Please note, our coaches may be on court coaching which means we are going ahead as normal as we cannot update any information.

Scenario #3: Rain hits during a lesson…

It happens. Everyone gets prepared and the sky falls.  There is nothing we can do but get our players off court and a judgement on if we can play will depend on if the rain is clearing, the safety of the court surface and the damage the water has on our equipment.

If the coaches decide we can longer continue the session, the team will send  players home and send information to players who are scheduled to play later in the session.  An SMS will be sent to players that are scheduled to play in the next session within 30 minutes of play.

Information will be uploaded to the following platforms:

  1. E-mail (please check your e-mail)
  2. Tennis Canberra Facebook Post – Join the Page CLICK HERE
  3. Tennis Canberra Instagram Stories – @TennisCBR

Frequently Asked Question… Can I do a make up class?

Of course… Please follow the procedure to book in a make up class.  “Make-up’s” can be done at any time during the season you are currently in.  No make up’s can be done in the next season unless there are cancellations in the last week of the current season.

  1. See the Weekly Timetable CLICK HERE
  2. Identify which session you would like to do for your make up (give at least 48 hours before your intended make up session)
  3. E-mail play@tenniscanberra.com.au with the information of the session you missed plus  information about the make you wish to participate in (date, time & program)
  4. Wait for the Tennis Canberra Team to give you the green light (we will reply via e-mail)

Note to Walk-To-Tennis Participants – We ALWAYS run a walk!

For those students that participate in the After-School Walk at our selected schools.  We will always carryout a walk to the club.  This is because some parents cannot pick up their kid/s due to work constraints.  You do have options on a rain day:

  1. Pick up you child at schools – An SMS must be sent to 0416 186 121 so we can account for this student
  2. Go ahead on the walk as normal – You don’t need to let us know just see the list below to help us prepare for a wet weather walk:
  • Pack an umbrella
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho

Our team will have emergency umbrellas and ponchos however, we recommend students to have their own.

2020 New Tennis Canberra Sessions: More Tennis Options

2020 New Tennis Canberra Sessions: More Tennis Options

2020 New Tennis Canberra Sessions: More Tennis Options

Every year our Canberra tennis community grows.  For this reason the Tennis Canberra coaches want to do more to make sure those playing with us get every chance to play tennis even if their circumstances change – we’ve added NEW session to our busy timetable.

We understand that some sessions from last year may change but we do our best to continue to same sessions every year.

Below are the sessions new to the 2020 Summer Weekly Coaching Timetable

Monday

Majura Tennis Club (Dickson)

  • 5pm & 6pm Junior (Level 5)
  • 6pm Junior Squad (Level 6)
  • 6pm Adult Skills (Beginner)
  • 7pm Adult Skills (Starter)

Monday Venues:  Majura Tennis Club (Dickson) & Old Parliament House Tennis Club

Tuesday

Majura Tennis Club (Dickson)

  • 3pm Walk-To-Tennis: After School Program @ North Ainslie Primary School
  • 4pm Juniors (Level 2 & 3)
  • 5pm Juniors (Level 3 & 4)
  • 6pm Adult Skills (Beginner)

Turner Tennis Club

  • 6pm Cardio Tennis & Adult Skills (Starter)
  • 7pm Adult Skills (Beginner)

Tuesday Venues: Majura Tennis Club (Dickson), Old Parliament House & Turner Tennis Club

Wednesday

Barton Tennis Club

  • 6pm Adult Skills (Starter) & Cardio Tennis
  • 7pm Adult Skills (Beginner & Intermediate)

Wednesday Venues: Barton Tennis Club

Thursday

Reid Tennis Club

  • 5:30pm Adult Skills (Starter)
  • 6:30 pm Adult Skills (Beginner)

Thursday Venues: Majura Tennis Club (Dickson), Reid Tennis Club & Old Parliament House Tennis Club

Friday

Wesley Tennis Club (adj. Telopea Park School)

  • 5pm Junior (Level 4)

Friday Venues: Wesley Tennis Club (Telopea) & Erindale Active Leisure Centre (Tuggeranong)

Saturday

Old Parliament House Tennis Club

  • 9am Cardio Tennis

Saturday Venues: Majura Tennis Club (Dickson) & Old Parliament House Tennis Club

2020 Summer of Tennis – ACT – Coaching & Competitions

2020 Summer of Tennis – ACT – Coaching & Competitions

2020 Summer of Tennis – ACT – Coaching & Competitions

Welcome to everything tennis in Canberra and the 2020 Summer of tennis.  Tennis Canberra has a variety of tennis programs to get you on the court. Whether you are an experienced player or picking up the racquet for the first time we welcome you back to the court for another season.

First time players, juniors or players returning to tennis there are many beginner and intermediate tennis programs options for you to choose from. Wanting to play matches? Join a Junior or Adult Competition

See the tennis coaching programs and competitions below and click the buttons for more information.

Kids Holiday Tennis Camps (January 20-31st)

Canberra Tennis Kid Camp - Highest Participated

Weekly Coaching Packages – Summer Season

Juniors ages 4-18 of all abilities can join a junior group and selected schools have a Walk-To-Tennis After School Option to help parents get their kids to their weekly lesson.

Adults have the choice of starter to advance skills sessions or to really get you moving Cardio Tennis is a great option for fitness.

Junior Coaching Summer Packages (Starts February 3rd)

Tennis Canberra Juniors

Adult Social Skills & Cardio Tennis (Starts February 3rd)

Competitions & Tennis Leagues

Have a bit of a competitive bone in your body? Why not join ACT’s Adults Social Doubles Competition? Juniors have the choice of joining Hot Shots Match Play events or those who playing regular competition ACT Junior Team Tennis is back for another season.

Adult Social Doubles Competition (Starts February 12th & 13th)

Old Parliament House Tennis Club Membership (Early Bird Special)

Challenge your friends or practice with your family.  Becoming a member of the Old Parliament House Tennis Club will allow you to access the courts to hit with other members for FREE!  Early Bird Memberships end January 31st.

Weather Update – July 29th – All 7pm Session Cancelled at OPH

Weather Update – July 29th – All 7pm Session Cancelled at OPH

Weather Update – July 29th – All 7pm Session Cancelled at OPH

Update 6:36pm: We got through most of our program however, the rain has started to get too heavy to start the 7pm session. Despite our best effort we have to cancel our:

Adult Beginners
Adult Intermediate
Adult Advance

You are most welcome to do a make up session at any time before the season end. Please give us notice before you join another session so we can prepare for the extra player/s.

Fast4 Tennis – ACT

Canberra - Fast4 Tennis - ACT

Fast4 Tennis – ACT

Fast4 Tennis – ACT

Tennis Canberra is runs a number of ACT Fast4 Social Leagues. Fast4 Tennis is fast and fun.  The sports shorter format has given opportunities for players to enjoy friendly competition without having to spend hours on the court. It is the perfect introduction for beginner players and it helps developing players improve their mental game as they have to play a higher number of critical points.

Why Play Fast4 Tennis?

  • You don’t need to spend 3+ hours to complete a match
  • Parents are able to experience mid-week competition and juggle the busy family schedule
  • Great introductions for beginner players
  • Players face a high percentage of critical points
  • Great for players who have sustained past injuries by restricting their time off court
  • Frantic, fast & fun
Fast4 Tennis Canberra - ACT
Canberra - Fast4 Tennis - ACT

ACT Junior Team Tennis – A Capital Game Changer

ACT Junior Team Tennis – A Capital Game Changer

ACT Junior Team Tennis – A Capital Game Changer

There is nothing better than playing in a team and ACT Junior Team Tennis a real game changer in the Territory.  Tennis is perceived as a individual or partnered sport, but even today professionals tennis players cherish the moments when they get an oppourtunity to play in a team environment.

Just watch any Federation or Davis Cup, and recently added Laver Cup (Team Europe vs. Team World) or International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) and understand that nothing beats playing in a team.

Introducing a team format to juniors causes some complications as there are a variety or skill differences, friendship considerations and a balance on competition-learning outcomes.  This leads to frustration for the player, parent and coaches.

This is where Junior Team Tennis comes in.  A format that encourages high level competition for seasoned and older junior players, plus inviting new players to competition, whilst keeping them all in one team.

Credit: Tennis Tour Talk
TEAM TENNIS ACT - South Canberra - North Canberra - Canberra City - Canberra Valley
Canberra Junior Team Tennis ACT - Competitions - Juniors
Canberra Team Tennis - South Canberra - Champions

Junior Tennis Team’s are made up of a variety of abilities & ages, however, all players match up against players around their standard.  This allows:

  • Siblings to play in the same team – single trips for parents
  • Friends to play in the same team – makes competition more enjoyable
  • Chances to build many more friendships
  • Experience playing at different venues
  • Get a competition environment with the support of team mates
  • Tennis Coach Supervisors to take notes and create lesson plans depending on the outcomes

The improvement from all our players is evident each week.  With designated training weeks and a fun game week at the start and end of each season players really get to interact with players not just in their team but all the players in the competition.  This is Canberra’s first interactive weekly competition and with the popularity, social and physical benefits Junior Team Tennis will remain see many juniors use this competition as a launch pad for their future development.

ACT Junior Team Tennis 

Canberra Kids Tennis Team - ACT

For more information or to sign up for an ACT Junior Tennis Team visit the Team Tennis Page by clicking the button below.

ACT School Telopea Park Primary wins Todd Woodbridge Cup

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ACT School Telopea Park Primary wins Todd Woodbridge Cup

ACT School Telopea Park Primary wins Todd Woodbridge Cup

Telopea Park School became first ACT school to win the Todd Woodbridge Cup at Sydney Olympic Park on Monday.

Telopea Park won the ACT finals in September to face 19 regional-winning schools from across NSW and swept their pool before taking down St Patrick’s Albury in the final.

Tennis Canberra Coach Robbie Manzano and his team had trained the school for five months before the event.

For the full story Click Here