Tennis is not just a fun sport. It’s also great for learning life lessons that extend beyond the court including sportsmanship, self discipline and independence.

This programme offers the opportunity to combine 15 hours of English lessons per week with coaching by Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified professionals. The programme will include lessons with two coaches and practice sessions with fellow students on the tennis courts adjacent to the school..

This programme can accommodate students of any level, from beginners to advanced players.  Numbers of students enrolling for the Tennis Programme have increased dramatically over recent years and we have reacted by employing an additional qualified coach.  During our busiest period we will continue with this successful addition to the team.  Having two instructors has proved very effective as they can now demonstrate the shots for students to learn, showing them in action what is expected of them, before going on to assist the students throughout their lessons.

Students will:

  • Learn specialist tennis vocabulary.
  • Learn and develop tennis techniques.
  • Improve confidence and teamwork skills.

Please note that Ilfracombe hosts the primary Tennis Tournament in North Devon during the last week of July and students on the Tennis Programme are expected to take part.  We would recommend that beginners at the sport do not enrol for the Tennis Programme this week as their participation in the tournament replaces their standard tuition.

The Tennis Programme also includes one full day excursion, and at least three evening activities taken from the Discovering Devon Programme.

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A typical week’s programme for the Tennis Programme with 15 hours of lessons per week might be as follows:

Morning Afternoon Evening
Saturday  Arrivals & Transfer Meet and get to know your host family
Sunday Induction Meeting for new students Unpack & settle with family Stay at home and practise English with family
Monday English test & orientation Tennis Lesson Stay at home and practise English with family
Tuesday Daytrip to King Arthur’s Castle at Tintagel Boat Trip around North Devon (optional)
Wednesday English Classes Tennis Lesson Karaoke night
Thursday English Classes English Classes Disco
Friday English Classes Tennis Practice Barbecue & Tennis

Extra one-to-one tennis lessons can be booked during evenings or weekends at £30 per hour. Price includes access to the courts by the school, plus use of tennis racket and balls.

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  • Age: 7 to 17 years old
  • Activity sessions: 7.5 hours per week in 3 sessions
  • Group size: 6 students per instructor
  • Lessons: 15 hours of English per week
  • Class size: 15 students max per class
  • Level: From A2 to C1
  • Dates: Available all year
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