Frequently Asked Questions

At what age can my child start tennis lessons?
Your child can start tennis lessons from as young as 3 years old with our Tennis Whizz program. In these lessons, children develop their coordination and motor skills, preparing them for later training stages. Lessons at this age are usually limited to 30 minutes in length.

What program is best for my child?
Each child is different in their motivation to play, their abilities and their concentration levels. For this reason we have a number of tennis coaching programs and time lengths to suit each person. A free intro session is given to all new players to allow coaches to assess a player’s skill level, and to therefore place them in the program best suited to their individual needs.

Does my child require their own racquet for the lesson?
No, we are able to loan a racquet for your child’s lesson. Once your child has started lessons, we supply them with their first racquet upon payment of the terms fee for free. This ensures they get the right size racquet, which is important at a young age.

What do I need to wear and bring along to coaching?
Please wear cool and comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Tennis or running shoes are recommended, and must have non-marking soles. In summer please remember a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

When & Where are the lessons held?
Peter Clarks Tennis Coaching has a number of locations for you to choose from. Lessons are held before and after school and during weekends. Sign up for your free intro sessions and Peter Clark will contact you to speak about your preferred location, day and time.

How do I enrol?
Current students can simple contact their current coach to discuss further lessons. New players are encouraged to sign up for your FREE intro session.

Can I enrol after the term has started?
You can enrol after the school term has started by contacting Peter Clark, or sign up for your FREE intro session. Lessons with be charged for the remainder of the term.

Do I need to re-enrol each term?
Players should let their coaches know at the end of each term if they are continuing lessons. If you require a change to session type, day or time, please speak with your coach and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

What happens if I miss a lesson or there is rain on the day of my lesson?
Any lessons that are missed due to bad weather or coach unavailability are credited onto the following terms invoice. If you are unable to make it to a scheduled lesson, please contact Peter Clark and if there is a lesson that isn’t full you can make up a lesson in that class, but if not you, forfeit the lesson. If your child gets a long term injury, then we will credit those classes on the next terms Inv.

How do you work out which is the most suitable group for my child?
Group and Squad sessions are structured according to age and ability. Children are placed in groups of similar ability and age to themselves. We also use our Certificate program as a guide so that each child’s progression can be planned and monitored. Please be aware that this may mean siblings of different ages and abilities may be placed in different groups.

When is my child ready to play Hot Shots Leagues and/or Junior Competition?
At Peter Clark’s Tennis Coaching we monitor all our players closely and will recommend to you when your child is ready to join our Sunday practice competition. Red, Orange and Green Ball competitions are run on Sunday mornings. Children can then progress to the Intra Club competition with Athlestone Tennis Club.

Does my child or myself need to be a Club Member to have lessons?
No, you don’t need to be a club member to have tennis lessons. Membership is required for players wishing to compete, and we encourage membership for parents who wish to play with their child. . Peter Clark can help you with this process.

Yearly membership rates are very cost effective and allow you to play all year round. Insurance is covered through our member governing body, Tennis South Australia.

Why do you use Video Analysis is many of the coaching lessons?
All children learn differently, but visual learning can be extremely effective, particularly for younger students. Video analysis allows players to compare their technique to professional athletes and assess their own improvement, helping players to better understand their current ability and goals.

If you have any further questions, please email; clarkstennis [at] gmail.com or ring Peter on 0419034303 or submit an online enquiry.