The Course

The Tennis Xpress programme is designed as a six-week course of nine hours (6 x 1.5 hours). The aim is to provide a fast, active and dynamic introduction to playing tennis, whilst at the same time offering sufficient learning and practice time in each lesson to allow the players to achieve success throughout the course.

A full detailed breakdown of the Tennis Xpress course content and supporting resources available for national federations and their coaches to access will be available via the Resources section at the end of January 2013.


Course Format

Tennis Xpress is 6 x 1.5 hour lessons with a coach. In such cases, it is essential to provide players with opportunities to practice between sessions in order to reinforce learning, develop confidence and to direct participants to suitable playing opportunities at the end of the course.

However, it is recognised that some flexibility may be needed with lesson duration, based on court availability and the number of starter adults. Therefore, suitable alternative delivery models could also include:

Alternative 1

  • 6 x 2 hour sessions, comprising 6 x 1.5 hour lessons with the coach, plus an additional 30 minutes of free practice, play or fun matchplay per session
  • Sessions are supervised by the coach
  • In such cases the cost of the programme may reflect two hours of coach time and court time

Alternative 2

  • 6 x 2 hour sessions, comprising 6 x 1.5 hour lessons with the coach, plus an additional 30 minutes of free practice, play or fun matchplay per session
  • Sessions are unsupervised but the coach leaves the slower balls available for the participants to play at their discretion
  • In such cases, the cost of the course may reflect two hours of court time.

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