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A bit about tennis

Tennis is a great way of keeping fit and having fun with friends. It helps develop your hand-eye coordination, is non-contact and can be played by anyone or any age. Tennis is a sport for life and provides you with a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

There are a whole variety of tennis programmes available at Graves Health and Sports Centre, with something to suit everyone including; Singles, Doubles, Cardio Tennis, Mini Tennis and Disability Tennis.

Is the tennis court the place for you?

If you enjoy a social sport, that provides a full body workout and an edge of competition then tennis is the game for you! Whether you are looking to hire a court to play with friends on one of our high performance courts, or interested in coaching by a LTA qualified coach we will have a session for you.

Let’s get you started

You can book a court by calling us on 0114 283 9900.

See our adult social drop-in tennis sessions and coached lessons below from 3 years to adults.

New to the game? Click here for a summary of how to play. 

We run the following tennis courses:

LTA Youth Start

Supported by the Tennis Foundation.

Who’s ready to Level Up? LTA Youth Start is for kids aged 2-11 years who are new to tennis. We’ll help teach kids new life skills, developing them as both players and people.

LTA Tennis

This is a modern approach to tennis training. Forget standing around waiting for your turn to hit a forehand. Think dynamic sessions catered for all abilities.

We want to encourage children to play tennis throughout their lives – and be active too. So, if your child is aged 4-11, why not give it a try?

£29.99 (+£5 P&P) gets you:

· Six top-class tennis sessions with specially trained coaches

· A tennis racket and set of balls

· A branded t-shirt

· Activity cards, a lanyard, stickers and a certificate (provided by the coach)

Blue Stage (Tots)

Learn the basics (Age 2-4)

This is an introduction to tennis. Here, we’ll help kids improve their balance, agility and co-ordination while teaching them about the sport we love. At this stage it’s not about winning or losing, it’s just getting to grips with the basics.

Blue Classes at Graves:

· Monday 4 - 5pm

· Tuesday 4 - 5pm

· Wednesday 4 - 5pm

· Friday 9.30 - 10.30am

· Saturday 10 - 11am

Orange Stage

Develop a rounded game (Age 7-9)

Time to throw in some tactics, problem-solving, and guides to sportsmanship and leadership. At this stage children will know all of the rules and will be serving and returning in matches.

Orange Classes at Graves:

· Monday 5 – 6pm

· Wednesday 5 – 6pm

· Saturday 10 – 11am

Yellow Stage

Take your skills further (Age 10+)

Time to find your game. Playing on a full size court with the same size balls the pros use, kids will continue to explore different styles on the court, and start to choose their own.

Yellow Classes at Graves:

· Tuesday 6 – 7pm

· Thursday 5 – 6pm

· Friday 6 – 7pm

· Sunday 11 – 12pm


Red Stage

Serve, rally and score (Age 4-7)

This will look a bit more like the tennis you know. You’ll see overarm serves, rallies and volleys. Coaches will help children to further develop their co-ordination, balance and speed. We’ll introduce relaxed competition here too.

Red Classes at Graves:

· Monday 4 – 5pm

· Tuesday 4 – 5pm

· Wednesday 4 – 5pm

· Thursday 4 – 5pm

· Friday 4 – 5pm

· Saturday 9 – 10am

· Saturday 10 – 11am

· Saturday 11 – 12pm

· Sunday 9 – 10am

Green Stage

Test your skills (Age 9-10)

This is the big one. It’s time for kids to play on full size courts. Now it’s all about growing their game by fine tuning and refining the techniques they’ve learned so far.

Green Classes at Graves:

· Friday 5 – 6pm

· Saturday 11 – 12pm

· Sunday 10 – 11am

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Tennis Multi-Skills – fun strength and conditioning! (Ages 6 – 14)

 Want to get your junior players faster, fitter and stronger in a fun engaging way- this is the session for you. Players love this session and always leave with a smile and a dab on! Sessions are on:

· Wednesday 5.30 – 6.30pm

· Friday 7 – 8pm

Local Player Development Centre Programme (Junior Performance)– Ages 4-10

As an LTA LPDC centre we provide a programme which is designed for players committed to playing and developing their games multiple times during the week. Funding is available to players showing this level of commitment. This programme is the first steps on the performance pathway and players compete regularly to improve their game.

Performance Programme – Ages 10+

The performance programme enables players to train multiple times during the week whilst providing the perfect environment for them to develop their game. Players enjoy competing at a regional to national level. Players for the LPDC and Performance programmes are selected and invited to the sessions by the coaching team.

Sessions run each evening through the week for all ages and levels.

For more information on how to book onto one of the above courses please contact the centre on 0114 283 9900


Tennis lessons will vary depending on the length of sessions you are taking part in. Please check below for our Monthly Direct Debit prices (not including Academy or Adult Lessons)

- Tennis 60 Mins Sessions: £27.00 per month

Adult Programme


· Tuesday 7.00 – 8.00pm

· Wednesday 7.00 – 8.00pm


· Monday 1.00 – 2.30pm

· Monday 8.00 – 9.00pm

· Tuesday 9:30 – 11.00am

· Tuesday 8.00 – 9.00pm

· Wednesday 9.30 – 11am

· Thursday 9.30 – 11.00am

· Thursday 7.00 – 8.30pm

· Friday 1.00 – 2.30pm

50 years+ Social Tennis

· Tuesday and Thursday 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Women's Recreational Tennis

· Wednesday 9.30am - 12.00pm.

Adult Mini Tennis

· Tuesday 12.00 – 1.00pm

· Friday 10.30 - 11.30am

Disability Tennis

· Monday 1.30 – 3.00pm

Wheelchair Tennis (any age)

· Tuesday 11.00am

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Coaching Policy

We only permit Places for People Leisure employees who are qualified to coach tennis to teach at Graves Health & Sports Centre. If you are interested in becoming a tennis coach with us please email us at

Please contact a member of the team for further information on 0114 283 9900

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