We have put together a few answers to questions we get asked by many of our parents:
What are the dates and durations of your camps?
Discovery Tennis camps are typically 5 days, from Monday to Friday. In some cases, camps are shorter. They run in school holidays and half-terms across a variety of dates and venues. Camps begin at 9.30am and end at 3.30pm daily, with early drop-off and late pick-up also available.
Where do I drop off my child?
When your child arrives at a camp for the first time there will be a Discovery Tennis coach at the entrance of the courts. We will also have Discovery Tennis banners to ensure you’re able to find the correct meeting point. Each child must be signed in and out each day unless, the parent/guardian has made the Head Coach aware of alternative arrangements.
Who do I contact in an emergency?
If you need to contact the camp while it is in progress, please call our Head Office on 07523 950791 and we will ensure the emergency contact on site is aware of the situation.
Please ensure your contact details are correct on the application form in order for us to contact you in the unlikely event of an emergency.
How are your coaches selected?
Our coaches are key to the success of Discovery Tennis Camps. In terms of tennis coaching and teaching qualities, all of our coaches go through internal training and assessment to ensure they are able to deliver the programme we have designed for a Discovery Tennis Camp. Through experience we have found that it is vitally important to employ a leader in a Head Coach who can create a team atmosphere for the other coaches to work in. We ensure our coach-player ratio does not go higher than 1:8 in order to provide the safest and most beneficial experience for the camper.
All coaches have passed a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. There is always at least one person on site with an Emergency First Aid qualification. This way we can ensure your child is safe and can have an enjoyable tennis experience.
How will my child be grouped?
We assess all children on the first morning of each camp. They will be placed in a group according to their age and ability. We do seek to be as flexible as possible and, if your child would like to switch groups to be with a friend, this is usually not a problem. Please feel free to speak to the Head Coach at the venue or contact the Head Office if you require further assistance.
Can my child still attend if they have an allergy or other medical condition?
The Head Coach must be provided with information of any medical conditions prior to the camp and this information should be provided via the online booking process. All details are confidential and attention will not be drawn to the medical condition, however your child’s coach will be informed if required.
A week is a long time to be playing tennis, would we be better going to a multi-sport camp?
We are proud to say that, once they have joined us on day one, not one player has opted out of a tennis camp with Discovery Tennis. We believe that 2014 will be the best year so far to come on a Discovery Tennis camp. We’re taking time to create a programme that whatever age or ability your child will leave us only wanting more tennis. We ensure to strike the right balance between improving the camper as a tennis player and as an individual. But mostly, it’s about getting a new skill or honing an existing one while spending the holiday outside and having lots of fun.
Can I book for additional hours outside the regular hours of 9.30-3.30?
For the first time at Discovery Tennis we will be offering the option of an early drop-off or late pick-up for working parents. The regular camp week runs from 9.30am to 3.00pm daily. For a small fee, early drop off you can leave you child with us from 9:00. The late pick up will run until 4 pm. During these additional hours your child will be with coaches from the camp. They will keep your child active with a number of games and activities. These additional hours will be charged for at £5 per session.
What does my child need to bring to the camp?
We spend most of the time outside so suitable clothing, sun hats and sun screen are a must. Given different dietary requirements, we do not provide lunches so your child will need to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle. We have water stations on site so your child will be able to fill their bottle up. There are morning and afternoon breaks so a banana or two goes a long way to keeping energy up over the day.
We are unable to guarantee the security of mobile phones and other portable devices so we recommend they are left at home. If they are brought we ask that they are not used during playing time to reduce distractions for other children. They may be temporarily confiscated (and kept safe) if used while coaching is in progress.
What happens when it rains
One thing we cannot guarantee is the weather! The majority of courts we use are ‘all-weather’ tarmac which means only the wettest of weather will stop us playing tennis. We do, however, ensure that all of our venues have indoor areas, where our campers can continue to be active whatever the weather. We have a range of team-building games and quizzes to play, and rain breaks are a good time to do some video analysis of the campers’ tennis shots or learn from professional players.
How do I check for last minute spaces?
Our camp was completely full last year so in order to save your place it is a good idea to book early. That said, if you have a last minute change of plans you can phone our office to check for availability of a specific week.
Please read through the terms and conditions below in relation to our holiday camps and courses. All parents should tick the box on the booking form having read these terms.