Hot Shots, Talent Development and High Performance Squads for players aged 8 to 17 years
Tennis Gear offers a host of Squad Programs and Performance Packages at the Morningside Tennis Centre. Our experienced and dedicated coaching team is lead by our Director of Performance Tennis, Damien Roberts and we have designed programs that are aimed toward students looking to get more out their game. All of our squad training and packages offer each player more time on court, a good coach to student ratio and are designed for more committed players who are looking to improve their games and compete at a higher level.
All squad lessons are 90 mins in duration for our Talent Development and High Performance sessions. We also offer a 30 min Footwork and Agility component for all of our Talent Development and High Performance squads. Player Development Packages are also available for players looking to maximise their court time, development and results.
For more information regarding all of the squad programs and packages below please contact the Morningside Tennis Centre on 07 3899 8110 or to enrol into one of our Yellow Team Squads simply click the link below
Coach and Development Manager – Damien Roberts
We’re thrilled to introduce Damien Roberts to the Tennis Gear team as our Director of Performance Tennis. Damien joins us from the UK where he has worked as the Great Britain’s National Women’s Coach from 2007. This role has seen him work closely with Great Britain’s Federation Cup team and players like Laura Robson (Career high WTA rank #27) and Heather Watson (current WTA rank #38 and the 2015 Hobart International champion). Before moving to his role as National Coach, Damien was the LTA (Britain’s equivalent to Tennis Australia) National Strength and Conditioning Coach and brings with him outstanding fitness credentials to support his coaching background.
As a player Damien reached an ATP rank of #273 in singles and #152 in doubles before progressing into coaching on the ATP tour working with players including Wesley Moodie (ATP Singles ranking #70 and Wimbledon Doubles Champion), John Laffnie De Jager (ATP Doubles #20), Robbie Koenig (ATP Doubles #30), Chris Haggard and Jeff Coetzee (ATP Doubles rankings of #30).
We are incredibly thrilled to have Damien on the Tennis Gear team and believe he, alongside our fantastic coaching team will help make the Tennis Gear Performance program the best in Queensland.
2017 Squad Programs and Packages
There have been some small changes to our squad program in 2017, predominately to make our offerings consistent across all Tennis Gear venues. Our Performance and Development squads run on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Please note that these squads are strictly by invitation only. If you are interested in attending one of these squads please call the Morningside Pro Shop on 3899 8110.
Our Development Squads are aimed at developing our players in the following age brackets:
Orange Ball (ages 8 to 10 years): Tuesday & Thursday 4.30 to 6 pm
Green Ball (ages 10 to 12 years): Tuesday & Thursday 4.30 to 6 pm
Yellow Development (ages 11 to 17 years): Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 4.30 to 6pm
These squads will be run by Head Coach Ross Orford in consultation with Director of Performance Tennis Damien Roberts. The cost of these squads in 2017 is $33.00 per session. In order to be eligible for our Hot Shots Squad programs it is expected that players meet the minimum Rally Award requirements listed here.
PERFORMANCE AND SUPER 10’s SQUADS
Our Performance Squads are starting to grow at the Morningside Tennis Centre. These are run by our Director of Performance Tennis Damien Roberts. These squads will focus on developing all tournament players from 10 & Under through to 17 & Under.. Please be aware that the training for the 10 & Under Squad will utilise a mixture of low-compression and regular tennis balls to maximise player development. Entry into our Development and Performance Squads is strictly by invitation only and it is expected players will need to fulfil the minimum playing standards listed below as well as being committed to improving their tennis – if you’re not 100% committed to your tennis, then this program may not be for you. Players who are enrolled in our Talent Development and Performance Squads may attend the squad sessions held at Morningside on a Monday, Tuesday & Thursday afternoon or at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon. The squads cost $33.00 per session (discounted packages apply – see below):
Squad Times are as follows:
Morningside Tennis Centre:
Monday 4.30 to 6pm: Development Squad and Performance Squad
Tuesday 4.30 to 6 pm: Orange and Green Development and Yellow Development
Thursday 4.30 to 6pm: Orange and Green Development, Yellow Development and Performance.
Morningside Tennis Centre (players on our High Performance Package also receive a 30min Strength & Conditioning session as part of their package) prior to the Thursday squad from 4 – 4.30pm.
If you are a member of the Tennis Gear Performance Squad at Morningside and wish to do a session at Shaw Park you must pre-book with Damien. There is no additional fee for this.The minimum playing requirements for these squads are listed here.
Tennis Gear Player Development Squads and Packages
Tennis Gear are now offering several special Player Development Packages to encourage our talented juniors to play more tennis. These deals can save our players up to $300 per term! In order to be eligible for one of our Player Development Packages players should meet the minimum criteria for their appropriate group as listed above.
ORANGE AND GREEN HOT SHOTS PACKAGE
Cost: $91.00 per week
Our Hot Shots Package is designed to encourage our developing Hot Shots players to play more tennis, have access to professional coaching and spend more high-quality time on court. The package is designed for players between 8-11 years of age that would like to pursue tournament competition and includes:
- 1 x 90 min Squad Sessions (held at either Morningside TC or Shaw Park TC)
- 1 x 30 min Private Lesson
- 1 x Hot Shots League (1.5 hours of supervised match play)
- 1 x 30 min physical agility session
Savings: $22.00 per week or $220.00 per term
TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE PACKAGE
Cost: $117.00 per week
The Talent Development & High Performance Packages are designed to encourage our older, more experienced players to be involved in a more structured training program and increase their court time through a combination of private coaching, squad sessions, physical training and competition.
- 2 x 90min Squad Sessions (held at either Morningside TC or Shaw Park TC)
- 1 x 45min Private Lesson
- 1 x 30min Fitness Session
- Free daytime court hire at any Tennis Gear centre
Savings: $32.00 per week or $320 per term
For further information about our coaching programs or membership please visit our FAQ page or contact us today.