Juniors

Great Ayton Tennis Club are always looking to encourage juniors and young families who might be looking for a club that can provide whatever standard of tennis they aspire to.

The Club has a long tradition of encouraging and developing strong junior players and have juniors entered into area leagues. Here you can find out more about the exciting events, competitions and fun activities available.

What better way for your kids to catch up on their tennis fitness following lockdown than to sign-up for junior coaching. 

Great Ayton Tennis Club is a registered LTA venue. That means the governing body gives us support and advice as well as the chance to win tickets in the Wimbledon draw!

Club News for Juniors

A club session from 5-7 pm for Junior members is in the planning with the most suitable evening to be arranged. This is for anyone over 10 years old or those who can serve and score. We will keep you informed.

Coaching and Activities

Junior coaching is available to Junior Club Members on Tuesday afternoons with Jennifer Barron and Wednesday afternoons with Mark Barrass. We offer affordable junior and family membership schemes to suit your requirements.

Mark Barrass

Our very popular Junior Tennis Sessions start on Wednesday 31st March between 4 and 7pm, run by our coach Mark Barras.  If you would like to register your interest then either call/text or email Mark.

Click here for further details.

Jennifer Barron

Jennifer is a Level 4 Accredited LTA coach who has worked across many clubs in the North-East and Yorkshire. In 2018 she spent a year in America coaching tennis in Northern California before returning to complete her Level 4. Jennifer has lots of experience working with juniors and adults, and has been involved with disability tennis for 4 years leading many of their initiatives. She is passionate about coaching and encourages everyone who is interested in learning to play to take part!

Jen will be offering coaching to the under 8’s on Tuesday afternoons between 4 and 6pm. To book a place or for further info contact Jen

LTA Youth Start and LTA Youth Schools Schemes

These schemes are the new initiative from the LTA which Jen is fully qualified to deliver. If interested please contact Jen for further information.


Fit Kidz

Fit Kidz is a very popular and fun introduction to tennis and on court activities. We are hoping that this event will make a comeback soon. Great fun for the little ones aged 4 – 7 years. A great way to meet new people and make new friends, children and adults alike!

You don’t need to be a member of the club for Fit Kidz, however, pre-booking is essential. More details to follow soon.


Tennis for Schools

At the end of each academic year, pupils from Marwood School in Great Ayton spend one week engaging in various sports activities required within the school curriculum.

Marwood do not have the luxury of their own tennis court onsite so they head over to our courts instead!

One of our resident coaches or very experienced Senior Member of the club is on court organising fun games and tennis based activities. Voluntary members of the club supervise the event to make sure health and safety and child protection is a priority. Light refreshments are provided by the club.

We also asked Marwood School to help us with ideas towards our new logo design!

If your school is interested in coming down to the club for similar activities, then please do Contact Us


Birthday Parties

For a small hiring fee you can have up to 16 friends to join in celebrating a birthday. Bring your own food and party bags and make the most of our facilities in a fantastic setting.

If the weather is good, turn the party into a picnic, bring rugs et c, as we have lovely areas within the club grounds to accommodate this.

Why not turn your event into a birthday party with a difference! For a small additional fee, hire one of our junior coaches for a couple of hours to add a little extra fun and entertainment to the party. Parents can sit back, relax and watch the fun and games.

Contact us for further details and to book your party!

Junior Tournaments

Tournaments including playing Juniors at other Clubs, coaching  and hire of the clubhouse for parties.

Cleveland League Team Challenge Tournaments

Date: TBC

Venues: Great Ayton, Great Broughton, Guisborough, Hutton Rudby and Stokesley.

In 2017 The Cleveland League decided to organise tournaments for enthusiastic Junior players from local tennis clubs.

Guisborough, New Blackwell and Hutton Rudby all held a tournament which were well supported and extremely successful. We look forward to continuing to participate in and host the tournaments soon!


Quorn Tournament

Date: TBC

A red ball tournament for Junior Members aged under 10 years accompanied by an adult partner.

Our last Quorn Tournament was won by Charlie Tanfield with Ben Graham as runner-up. Prizes presented by Quorn in Stokesley.

Past Quorn Tournament Winners

Wendy Heald Tournament

Date: TBC

Junior competition for ages 18 and under. This annual junior tournament is dedicated to the late Wendy Heald.

Wendy was a much loved member of the club who dedicated her time to encouraging all junior players to improve their tennis skills. She organised coaching for them and fun tennis days. Her husband, Don, always attends the tournaments and presents the trophy to the winner.