• Introduction
  • Our Head Coach
  • Junior Coaching
  • Junior Holiday Camps
  • Adult Coaching
  • Individual Coaching
  • Schools



It is a privilege to be able to do something that you enjoy. What we particularly enjoy seeing as a coach is development and enjoyment. Development comes in different ways, it comes in the traditional tangible sense that the players improve their tennis skills, that allows them to rally for longer or be able to play points to a higher standard. Then there is the more subtle in seeing them develop as people learning skills that far out reach a tennis court. Learning sharper focus, to be fully engaged in what they are doing and mistake management but to name a few. Seeing these small improvements is why it is a privilege to be a coach. What really lets people achieve these stepping stones is doing these process while enjoying the journey.

Whether you are new to the game or have played for a long time we all strive to improve. To make big strides in improving your tennis getting professional coaching is a good idea. New shots, new tactics, better movement and improved techniques can help us all, even the best.

Employing a full-time head coach, Ben Wood, and under the direction of our Head of Tennis Development, Nick Luckett, we offer coaching sessions of diverse nature aimed at giving all members opportunities to improve their tennis whether they be aspiring juniors or more mature players who haven’t played for a while. There is a full range of possibilities from group through to individual coaching sessions throughout the year.

Elliswick Lawn tennis club was voted runner up in "Best after school club" and "Best holiday club" in the mums guide to Harpenden 2015 awards

Our Head Coach

Our Head Coach - Ben Wood

DS7_6098_edited-3_sml_copyAn outstanding county player

Ben grew up in Cambridgeshire playing for the county at all age groups from sponge ball to seniors, representing the under 18 team (from the age of only 13) for five consecutive years and then the men’s team. In 2005 he qualified as a level 3 coach before spending three years at Loughborough University achieving a 2.1 in Sports Technology. Since becoming a full time tennis coach in 2008, Ben has worked at Huntingdon Tennis Club, Batchwood Tennis Academy and Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club. In this time Ben has gained vast experience across the spectrum of coaching whilst also passing his level 4 in 2011 and established himself as one of the top coaches of juniors in the country.

Ben coached top National juniors

In his 3 years at Batchwood, a centre of tennis excellence for Hertfordshire, he worked with juniors of all ages with the aim of delivering high performance. During this time he coached Emily Arbuthnott, a member of Elliswick, and helped her to achieve number one status for her age group in the UK, a remarkable achievement for both of them. He captained the girls under 14 team that won the Aegon National championships in 2011. Two juniors that he has coached have recently achieved outstanding results, one rising to number one in the UK and selected to play for Great Britain in February. Another of his current pupils recently won national grade 2 tournaments. Although Ben has coached some very high ranking juniors he is equally happy teaching adults and juniors whether beginner or advanced of all ages, inspiring confidence and focusing on what is most important to that individual.

Coaching adults

Ben’s coaching talents and playing experience also extends to adults of all ages and abilities. Whether on a “one to one” basis or in groups there is something for all levels of play. Beginners as well as experienced players will enjoy and benefit from his professional and adaptable approach to tuition. Ben is passionate about coaching and building strong relationships and is looking forward to working with the members at Elliswick.

Junior Coaching

[highlight]Bookings open 17th December[/highlight] [toggles] [toggle title="Introduction / Key dates" active="yes"] We offer different courses for different ages and abilities. We have two main aims in our coaching, the first is having fun in our sessions. The more fun and enjoyment you get from the sessions the more you want to come back and play more. The second is to use our expertise in delivering specific, high quality sessions that result in the greatest improvement in your tennis game over the shortest possible time. We strive to be a social and fun tennis club for our junior players by creating enthusiastic, positive and safe environments. The Spring course will commence week beginning 14th January and run through until week beginning the 18th March, with a half term break 18th February. There are two reserve weeks (in case of bad weather) from the week beginning 19th March. For booking onto courses there is a three strands of booking, this is to reflect on customer loyalty and being a member at Elliswick LTC.

Priority A  - Player that has attended courses for three consecutive terms and is a member.

Priority B - Player currently on the course or a non-member for three consecutive courses

Priority C - Member not on a course, in week three can take a non-members place

The table below shows when you can sign onto Spring  courses or move.

Week 1 26th November - 2nd December Week 2 3rd - 9th December Week 3 10th - 16th December December 17th to term starts
Priority A Same course Same course / move course Same course / move course Same course / move course
Priority B Same course Same course / move course Same course / move course
Priority C Sign onto course / can take place of non member Sign onto course
Open to all Sign onto course
The Autumn course will commence week beginning 3rd September and run through until week beginning the 26th November, with a half term break . There is two reserve weeks (in case of bad weather) from the week beginning 3rd December.  In the event that you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our Head Coach Ben Wood. His contact details are:    Mobile:  07817 203230 e-mail:   [/toggle] [toggle title="TOTS (Ages 2.5-4yrs) " active="yes|no"]TOTS Ages 2.5-4yrs Tots is for children aged 2.5 to 4 years old and enables them to learn the basics and how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on the fundamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and racket and ball skills.

Some sessions are pay and play and others our courses, the pay and play run term time Tuesday 10.15-10.45, Friday 2-2.30 and Saturday 9.30-10  . Rackets are provided if you do not have your own.[product_category category="tots"][/toggle]
[toggle title="Red (Ages 5-8yrs) " active="yes|no"]RED Ages 5-8yrs Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots. In these sessions a lot of perception games will be used to help their tracking skills which is essential in developing their ability to play the game. Appropriate teaching points will be used for the individual’s development to enhance their control so that they can rally as quickly as possible. This will include games to help understand scoring and competing.[product_category category="red"][/toggle] [toggle title="Orange (Ages 8-9yrs)" active="yes|no"]ORANGE Ages 8-9yrs Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics. It is the next stage before playing on a full sized court and helps players develop different shots and tactics. In these sessions, movement is a key area for the players as a larger space needs to be covered. The players swing is encouraged to be larger than their red swing so the player can hit higher quality shots on the bigger court. Some basic strategies are introduced to help play smarter tennis in point situations.[product_category category="orange"][/toggle] [toggle title="Green (Ages 9-10yrs)" active="yes|no"]GREEN Ages 9-10yrs Mini Tennis Green is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Orange. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players to develop and improve all aspects of their game. In these sessions being able to score and compete using suitable swings for the different shots with an understanding of what a good contact point feels like is the goal.[product_category category="green"][/toggle] [toggle title="Young Yellow (Ages 11-14yrs)" active="yes|no"]YOUNG YELLOW Ages 11-14yrs This stage is where the players move on to the standard yellow tennis ball and play on a full size court. Sessions are based for players getting used to the challenges of playing on the full size court with the yellow ball. The aim of this group is to make players feel comfortable rallying with peers from the baseline, playing singles and doubles using all the different shots required for tennis.[product_category category="young-yellow"][/toggle] [toggle title="Yellow Improver's (Ages 13-17yrs)" active="yes|no"]YELLOW IMPROVERS Ages 13-17yrs This is for all yellow juniors so that they can integrate between different levels and ages in parts of the group and also be in subgroups of ability for suitable challenges in other parts of the lesson. This session is a real community group and fun for all.[product_category category="yellow-improvers"][/toggle] [toggle title="Junior Boys Focus (Team groups  Ages 11-18yrs)" active="yes|no"]JUNIOR BOYS FOCUS Ages 11-18yrs This group is aimed at boys wanting to improve further and be challenged. The goal is for the players to become strong enough so that they can join the mens social which follows after this group in the summer. They will then have more time available to improve and enhance their match play and hopefully represent the club in matches. We will be looking at enhancing techniques with specific individual feedback and being able to implement good tactics in matchplay.[product_category category="junior-boys-focus"][/toggle] [toggle title="Yellow Girls (Ages 13-18yrs)" active="yes|no"]YELLOW GIRLS Ages 13-18yrs This is for girls who enjoy playing and can rally with peers. This group gives them the chance to come and play in a fun, relaxed social setting. The emphasis of this group is to further enhance the skills they already have whilst improving their doubles understanding and playing standard.[product_category category="yellow-girls"][/toggle] [/toggles]

Junior Holiday Camps

Holiday Camps can be booked online, please select which holiday you would like to book to see the options If you are unsure of which group is suitable please contact Ben Wood [columns] [column size="fourth" last="no"]February holiday tennis camps[/column] [column size="fourth" last="no"]Easter holiday tennis camps[/column] [column size="fourth" last="no"]May Holiday Tennis Camps[/column] [column size="fourth" last="no"][/column] [column size="fourth" last="yes"]Summer Holiday Tennis Camps[/column] [/columns]    

Adult Coaching

[toggles] [toggle title="Adult Beginners/Tennis Express" active="yes|no"] Course run half termly inline with school terms lasting between 5-7 weeks. To join group or waiting list for group please email Ben Monday 10.30am-12pm Tuesday 1pm-2.30pm  Thursday 1pm-2.30pm Friday 11am-12.30pm Friday 12.30pm-2.00pm Sessions do not run during school holidays SUMMER TERM EVENING COURSES
Wednesday  7.30-8.30 15 weeks starting in April for £75 member, £102.5 non memeber
Wednesday 8.30-9.30 15 weeks starting in April for £75 member, £102.5 non memeber
please email Ben for more information
Any questions - kindly contact Head Coach Ben Wood Mob: 07817203230 Email:

About Tennis Express

Starting tennis is the hardest part of the game. Brining and making friends who are also beginners can really help in the beginning of this journey. Before you start you may worry about letting people down if you make mistakes, or find yourself getting frustrated by not hitting the ball where you would like. This can lead to your interest in tennis ending before it even gets started. This is why the environment we create is important for you to enjoy the process and not worry while we help you concentrate on the fundamentals.
There are two main reasons why tennis is difficult to start with• The technique, how you swing the racket • Perception, experience of tracking the ball
This course looks at how to fast track both these areas independently then merging them together to get you up and running as quickly as possible, so that you can play the game and enjoy it with friends and at socials. The tennis express courses run in half term blocks through the year, if you want more information or would like to join a group please contact Ben Wood.     [/toggle] [toggle title="Intermediate Coaching" active="yes|no"] Days: Monday 1.00pm-2.30pm Pay and Play £10 for members £11.50 non members Wednesday 10.30am-12pm Pay and Play £10 for members £11.50 non members This session is for players that want to progress their technique forward and are more open minded to evolving their swing. The technical advice will be based on your style of play, how often you play and what level you want to achieve. With this approach you will not hear generic teaching points but something that is applicable to you. All shots will be covered over a course of time with decision-making, tactics and positioning covered in these groups as well. Structure of the session will be 1hour coaching, working on the most important areas to improve your game using a combination of drills, point scenarios and conditioned points. Followed by 1/2 hour of match play with guidance on positioning and tactics and a chance to put what you have learnt into practice, while having a coach close by to help reinforce the skills learnt into match practice. Sessions do not run during school holidays Any questions - kindly contact Head Coach Ben Wood Mob: 07817203230 Email: [/toggle] [toggle title="Cardio Tennis" active="yes|no"]Cardio Tennis is fun upbeat session done with music, a chance to hit a lot of shots and move around. All standards welcome, sessions run Monday 7.30pm-8.30pm when day light starting in May Monday 12pm-1pm Sessions run term time only [/toggle] [/toggles]

Individual Coaching

Individual Coaching

Individual lessons are a great way to improve parts of your game that you want to improve or use the coaches experience in guiding the direction of your improvement that will have the greatest impact.

The benefit of a private lesson is that you not only get the teaching points that you can get through groups but you get more time spent on the areas that are most important specifically to you. If the teaching point does not come easily to you time will be spent on approaching the skill in using different techniques to help you learn in the most efficient way.

With Ben Wood - Level 4 - Senior Performance Coach

Lessons cost £33 an hour

Lessons can be done over 30, 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions depending on time availability.

Any questions - kindly contact Head Coach Ben Wood

Mob: 07817203230



Bookings open 2nd April if not currently on a course

  • Introduction

  • Our Head Coach

  • Junior Coaching

  • Junior Holiday Camps

  • Adult Coaching

  • Individual Coaching

  • Schools