Le Lay Language Consulting
Expert professional coaches, unique locations, international friendship
selected the perfect internationally renowned
tennis holiday programme for participants
at all levels:
Top professional players and coaches come together in the summer to provide an intensive and stimulating tennis experience. It is a unique opportunity for tennis enthusiasts of all standards and aspirations to combine a great tennis feast with the experience of living like a university student or in the intimacy of a UK family. Several options with two residential camps in Oxford (London area) and Giggleswick (Yorkshire) for 12+, and one non-residential camp in London (Barnes) offering home stays in English speaking families for 16+.
Oxford residential camp 12+
Giggleswick residential camp 12+
London non-residential camp 16+
Prices, dates, transfer
CORE TENNIS PROGRAMME
A comprehensive coaching programme designed to develop your game throughout the week with a mix of drills, technical demonstrations and match play.
• Monday to Saturday (10:00-12:30, 14:00-16:30)
• 30 hours
• Warm up / warm down sessions
• Group video analysis
• Doubles tournament (Wednesday)
• Singles tournament (Saturday)
• 1 to 6 players per group
• All coaching in English
• All players are grouped according to age and ability
TENNIS PROGRAMME - Each day will begin with a talk and a demonstration of a particular tennis stroke. The coaches will then concentrate on the day’s shot with the participants with an emphasis on both technique and movement. Without a reasonable level of fitness even a flawless technique will fail under pressure. An important technical theme will be the “early ball technique” - the ability to hit the ball at an early stage of its flight so that one’s opponent has less time to be prepare. This ability is the hallmark of great players like McEnroe, Becker, Navratilova, Sampras, Hingis, Agassi and now Federer and Sharapova. There will also be the opportunity for supervised games, doubles’ and singles’ tournaments. The programme is designed to be challenging and instructive but also fun for everyone.
VIDEO ANALYSIS - Participants will have each shot filmed and analysed on video by the Head Coach. Each tennis stroke is subjected to expert analysis. Improvement is often hastened by a confrontation with the visual proof of one’s errors.
STANDARDS OF TENNIS - We welcome participants of all levels, from beginners to advanced players. In order to get the best results, participants are divided into groups according to their standard and age. However, everyone gets the opportunity also to play against stronger players.
COACHES - Specially trained instructors will include internationals, tournament players and coaches of outstanding ability and also a number of Oxford “blues”. Important attributes of the coaches, over and above a simple knowledge of tennis, are a sense of fun and an ability to communicate with people of all ages and standards.
To ensure the highest quality of coaching, the coaches are personally selected by Jonathan Markson. The essential attributes of any coach working with the Tennis Camps are the ability to motivate and inspire and to improve pupils technically, physically and mentally in an atmosphere of fun. The coaches will usually also be or have been successful tournament players, whose own proficiency acts as a role model for young aspiring players. All our coaches will stand out for their enthusiasm and patience.
IN OPTION : Performance Plus Tennis - A complementary training programme to the CORE tennis programme for players of 12 years and over with competition and tournament experience.
• Monday to Friday (08:45-09:45, 16:30-18:00)
• 12.5 hours
• Morning tennis fitness programme
• Afternoon player development- Biomechanical assessment- In-depth video analysis- ‘How-to-Win’ lectures- Hitting practise session with coaches- Performance report
• Letter of recommendation from your coach or club is required
• Possible to combine with English Option B* Available at Oxford and Yorkshire Camps
The Camp was founded in 1981 by Jonathan Markson, past captain and coach of the Oxford University Tennis Team and an international player for Scotland. The tennis camp runs for 8 weeks from late June to late August. All weeks are for all ages but in the last week we have a special programme for adults who prefer to be part of a substantial adult group. The camp is both a residential and non-residential. There is also an intensive programme of tennis coaching which runs for 1 week during the Easter period. It is a non-residential tennis camp but we can recommend good and inexpensive accommodation for those who require it.
● Residents - accommodation in Oxford University student rooms with full board (single and shared occupancy)
● Non-residents - dinner on initial Sunday and optional lunch each day from Monday to Saturday
● 30 hour tennis programme over 6 days including competitive play for players of all ages and standards
● Video analysis as an aid to highlighting strengths and weaknesses
● Free court time - 30 grass and hard courts
● Demonstrations of every tennis stroke and discussions on tactics, strategy and mental strength
● Personal transport for children by arrangement to and from Heathrow and other airports
and London St Pancras train station (Eurostar)
● English conversation classes for overseas participants
● Welcome drinks for everyone
● Other activities: social events, football, volleyball, baseball, rounders, punting etc.
● Free internet access
● Cultural tour of Oxford and its famous surroundings
● Easter non-residential camp
● Free T-shirt and souvenir photograph
AGE - The Camp caters for all ages, adults as well as young ones. For the residential courses the minimum age is 12. However, we will accept children under the age of 10 if they are accompanied by a friend or relative who is at least 16 or if they are participating in the non-residential programme.
SPECIAL ADULT WEEK & ADULTS GENERALLY - Flee the stresses of adult life with an immersion in tennis in idyllic surroundings. All weeks are open to all ages including adults but in the last week of the camp (week 8) there is a special programme for adults who prefer to be part of a substantial adult group with separate coaching and separate activities. Adults who attend the camp in the other weeks (weeks1 – 7) and are also coached in separate groups. However, in these earlier weeks the number of adult participants is a lot less and will vary from week to week. For a more specific estimate of adult numbers in any week, it is advisable to check with us before booking.
ENGLISH COURSES - English conversation classes are available from Monday to Friday to our overseas participants – either a 1 hour class after the day’s tennis (option A) or 2.5 hours in place of either morning or afternoon tennis (option B). However, it is should be noted that English will be spoken throughout the day. The Camp is English-speaking. Unlike English language schools, the Camp has many British participants as well as a number of different nationalities. English will necessarily be the common language.
SUPERVISION - Younger participants will be supervised at all times. They will not be allowed into town on their own without parental permission. We like to have a relaxed atmosphere but safety and security are paramount.
FACILITIES - We have at our disposal up to 30 grass and hard courts. Participants will experience the joy of playing on luscious grass courts. The principal location will be the beautiful grounds of Christ Church, one of the most famous colleges of Oxford University. Other excellent facilities in the heart of Oxford will be used when required.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD - Residents are put up in Oxford University college accommodation, mainly but not exclusively at The Queen's College - CardoBuilding and St.Edmund Hall - Isis), situated close to the tennis courts. The rooms are used in term-time (single and shared occupancy) by students of Oxford University and are of a good standard. Upon request we may be able to arrange accommodation with host families. Participants who do not live locally are recommended to stay as residents. Residents have full board and non-residents daily lunch and are all invited to a welcome drinks party and dinner on the initial Sunday.
NON-TENNIS ACTIVITIES - A range of optional activities takes place in the evenings and on Sundays such as city tours, football, volleyball, softball, rounders, baseball, punting in the river, theatre and video films. Free internet access will be available. Some activities may carry a small, extra charge (punting, cinema, theatre, London trip).
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES - Upon request we will meet children under the age of 18 arriving at the airports of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City or London St Pancras train station (Eurostar). We will also accompany children on departure. There will be a charge for this service. If possible, arrivals in London should be between 12.00 hours and 16.00 hours. Departures from London should be between 13.00 hours and 17.00 hours. If arrivals and departures cannot be between these times, or if they are at different locations, we will try to assist but there may have to be an extra charge.
Giggleswick is an historic English school founded in 1512 and situated in the north of England in the heart of the idyllic Yorkshire Dales. The residential camp runs from Sunday to Sunday with the tennis programme from Monday to Saturday and is on a FULL BOARD BASIS. To Non residential participations lunch is included. Residents and non-residents can attend for one or two weeks. English conversation classes are available from Monday to Friday to our overseas participants – either a 1 hour class after the day’s tennis (option A) or 2.5 hours in place of either morning or afternoon tennis (option B). In the evenings, there is the possibility to play other sports. The evening sports comprise (subject to demand) hockey, football, rugby, cricket, netball and swimming. Residents have full board on campus. English classes are available each day at no extra charge. The closest airports are Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool. We can organise transfers from and back to these airports.
● Accommodation and all meals in historic English school
● 30 hour tennis programme over 6 days including competitive play for all levels
● for children of all playing levels between the ages of 12 and 18
● Tennis and multi-sport option
● Video analysis to highlight strengths and weaknesses
● Free court time - 11 grass and hard courts, 1 indoor court
● Comprehensive programme to improve technical level, as well as physical and mental strength
● English conversation classes for overseas participant
● Personal transport service from and back to Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool Airports
as well as pick-ups from Settle station.
● A range of other sporting activities - football, hockey, netball, rounders, cricket, swimming and social events
● Free internet access
● Free T-shirt and souvenir photograph.
FACILITIES - The sporting facilities and opportunities are extensive. There are 11 grass and hard tennis courts, as well as an indoor court in the new sports hall, an impressive artificial hockey pitch, indoor swimming pool, extensive grounds for cricket, rugby, football and netball. The school is also perfectly situated for outdoor pursuits such as rock-climbing and kayaking.
ACCOMMODATION - A feature of the school is the food. There is always a good choice and it is tasty and plentiful.
Participants will be accommodated in rooms occupied in term-time by the boarders - mostly in single rooms but also in twin and three-bedded rooms. The girls and boys will live in separate buildings.
INTENSIVE TENNIS PROGRAMME - The full-time tennis programme will be up to 30 hours per week from Monday to Saturday. The day will begin with a demonstration followed by warm-ups and then drills aimed at improving technique and consistency.
The afternoon session will concentrate more on match play, tactics and mental attitude. On Tuesday afternoons there will be a doubles tournament and on Friday there will be a singles tournament for everyone.
There will be different tournaments for beginners, intermediates and advanced players and for younger and older players. To ensure the highest quality of coaching, the coaches are personally selected by Jonathan Markson. The essential attributes of any coach working with Jonathan Markson Tennis are the ability to motivate and inspire and to improve pupils technically, physically and mentally in an atmosphere of fun.
The coaches will usually also be or have been successful tournament players, whose own proficiency acts as a role model for young aspiring players. All our coaches will stand out for their enthusiasm and patience.
For those on the intensive tennis programme, there will be a chance after dinner to take part in other sporting activities such as football games, netball, hockey, swimming etc.
AFTER TENNIS ACTIVITIES - The sporting facilities and opportunities are extensive. There are 11 grass and hard tennis courts, as well as an indoor court in the new sports hall, an impressive artificial hockey pitch, indoor swimming pool, extensive grounds for cricket, rugby, football and netball. The school is also perfectly situated for outdoor pursuits such as rock-climbing and kayaking.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION - English conversation classes are available from Monday to Friday to our overseas participants – either a 1 hour class after the day’s tennis (option A) or 2.5 hours in place of either morning or afternoon tennis (option B).
SPORTS ACADEMY - Giggleswick School is offering cricket and hockey master classes in the last week of July. Please call us for further details or visit: www.giggleswick.n-yorks.sch.uk
TRANSFERS ON ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES - A personal transfer service for children under 18 arriving by air is available. The nearest airports are Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds/Bradford. There is a charge for this service. Those who arrive at the local train station Settle can be met and dropped off free of charge. If possible, flight and train arrival and departure times should be between 12.00 and 16.00 hours. If arrivals and departures are at different times or at different locations, we will try to assist but there may have to be an extra charge.
London: Barn Elms, Barnes, 2011 Camps - Easter, summer half-term and summer holidays
In response to a growing demand for pre-season tennis instruction, we have added this exciting new venues in London. Twenty all-weather and astro-turf tennis courts set in 52 acres of parkland and adjacent to over 100 acres of the beautiful Wetlands Centre, this is a perfect setting for an intensive tennis programme.
● 25 hour intensive programmes and new 9 hour long weekend course (lunch included)
● Up to 20 courts comprising 6 Astroturf and 14 all-weather hard courts
● Competitive play for all ages and levels
● Superb location by the Thames in picturesque Barn Elms
● Video analysis to highlight areas for improvement
● Comprehensive programme dealing with technical, physical and mental aspects of tennis
● Free T-shirt and souvenir photograph
● Free parking
TENNIS PROGRAMME - Three five-day intensive programmes (25 hours) and one three-day course over the August bank holiday weekend (9 hours) from 10 am and 4.30 pm each day. The morning session will involve a demonstration followed by a warm-up and then drills aimed at improving technique and consistency. The afternoon session will concentrate more on competitive play, tactics and mental attitude. The course is designed for beginners, intermediates and advanced players. Children and adults will be coached in separate groups.
COACHES - As always with all Jonathan Markson camps, the coaches are personally selected by Jonathan Markson on the basis not just of technical knowledge or playing proficiency but enthusiasm and motivational qualities. Our aim is create a dynamic but also enjoyable atmosphere, in which players of all levels improve technically, physically and mentally.
CATERING - The courses include good, nutritionally balanced lunches provided by an experienced chef. For teas and coffees and alcoholic beverages (adults only and certainly not coaches), there are 3 cafés and a pub within short walking distance.
ACCOMMODATION - Home stay in a family. During the day, children will be supervised at all times and will not be allowed to leave the site where the tennis course takes place. At the end of the day, children will go back unaccompanied to their host family.
LIMITED AVAILABILITY - Availability will be limited. Please therefore book up early to avoid disappointment. We will accept bookings on a first-come first-served basis.
PARKING AND TRANSPORT - There is free parking on site. Barn Elms is also well served by local bus and train services.
Location and dates 2013
price/person : 7 days full board + tennis + activities
Option Tennis Performance Plus : GBP 150
Option Tennis Performance Plus : GBP 150
5 days tennis course 25h: 345 GBP
London (Barnes) Sat 24 Aug. - Mon 26 Aug.
3 days tennis course: 220 GBP
PERSONAL TRANSFER SERVICE FOR CHILDREN
On Sundays between 12.00 and 16.00.
To / from Oxford: GBP 80 (Heathrow, St-Pancras Eurostar), 150 GBP (Gatwick)
To / from Gigglewick: GBP 150 (Manchester, Leeds/Bradford)
Oxford: Option A - GBP 30 per week / Option B - 65 GBP per week.
Gigglewick: Options A : GBP 30 per week
INSURANCE - You are strongly advised to take out holiday insurance.
2. We give you further information with price and full details of the programme(s) by email and we can call you over the phone if you wish.
3. You fill and send us the specific programme application form. You send us a bank transfer to book your course and/or accommodation. Full payment must be received 8 weeks previous programme start.
The earlier you register, the better to book at the required dates.
4. You confirm the arrival and departure flight/train number, time and place.
5. You receive a confirmation from the programme (and for the accommodation if it applies) with all the relevant information regarding your arrival.
London: the earlier you register, the closer the hosting family!!!