Woodbridge Tennis Club has welcomed a new face to its growing coaching team, with Martyn Bullingham hitting the ground running by coaching a group of budding young tennis players.

The new coach is currently holding Mini Red Tennis sessions every Sunday morning at the club, designed to encourage children aged 4-7 to get into tennis.

Mini Red tennis session at Woodbridge Tennis Club

Martyn explains, “With smaller courts, nets and rackets, and lower bouncing balls, Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing. Players can get used to hitting the ball, play different shots and get rallies going, so it’s just like the real game.”

Mini Red tennis session at Woodbridge Tennis ClubThere are four stages to Mini Tennis: Tots, Red, Orange and Green, each with its own court size and ball type. This tailored approach enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age.

While many in his current group have little or no experience of playing tennis, Martyn says they get a huge amount out of taking part. “It’s great for young children’s agility, balance and co-ordination skills. On top of that, the kids socialise and are part of a fun activity in the fresh air.”

Warm up on court at Mini Red tennis session

Martyn is looking to expand the sessions, currently running on Sundays between 10am to 11am, possibly offering more hours and Saturday mornings. Furtherahead, he will also offer group coaching to older children, alongside one-to-one sessions.

“I really enjoy the coaching and am very confident that my lessons can be grown and attract a lot of new children into the Woodbridge tennis club.”

For further information about the club’s mini tennis coaching programme, contact Martyn on 07838 386020 or email: martynbullingham@icloud.com

Mini tennis coaching at Woodbridge Tennis Club