Tennis Hot Shots programmes

Register HERE as a Tennis Hot Shots player for loads of benefits;

Registered players receive:

Watch this.... how THS looks for kids

- The chance to play on centre court at the ASB Classic and the NZ Champs

- Sponsor goodie bags throughout the year

- Access to exclusive competitions and events

- Tonnes of interesting information on tennis for kids


Representative Tennis our top juniors are involved in the following fixtures throughout the year

  • Combined Nelson/Marlborough V Hutt Valley 2019 has been cancelled this year
  • Combined Nelson/Marlborough V Canterbury; 12th & 13th Oct’19. 10-14yr boys & girls. In Blenheim
  • Malcom Shield V Marlborough; 10th Nov'19. 14u boys & girls. 
  • Blair Cup – 2nd Feb ‘'20. 18u boys & girls
  • Gardiner Trophy – 10th May ’20. 10, 12, 14, 16yr boys and girls. In Nelson
  • Timaru Teams Event – 30th May-1st June '20 10u & 12u boys and girls. In Timaru


Talleys Junior Squads representative teams


Tennis Hots Shots Tournament winners!!!

Junior Tennis offers a host of options depending on your level of entry. Beginners could look at;

Option 1: Come along and join us at the Love Tennis Nelson open weekend!

8 tennis clubs across Nelson are opening their doors on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September from 1-4pm, and serving up a fun, free event for people of all ages and abilities. The event is for anyone, young or old, who would like to try out - or get back into - tennis. No need to have played tennis before, this is not a match play situation, it’s about joining our tennis community to have a bit of fun and activity. We have rackets available, get on down for a social afternoon with spot prizes and refreshments

Option 2: Try before you buy

  • Tennis Hot Shots (THS) Community Play;  The following 5 clubs offer an affordable games based programme, designed to deliver an understanding of the skills required for playing tennis, using modified equipment and a supportive environment.  Focus is on learning the fundamentals of tennis in a group environment.  This gives players a chance to experience tennis before committing to membership or coaching programmes.  Hope Club, Tasman Club, Nelson Lawns Club, Wakapuaka Club, Tahuna Club, Waimea West Club, Wakefield Club, Golden Bay Club, Motueka Club.  More information on TNZ Tennis Hot Schos Community Play HERE

Option 3: Coaching programmes

  • Tennis Hot Shots Coaching programmes; there are 5 THS registered coaches that offer all age groups and stages of coaching.  Tennis Hot Shots coaching is a quality development programme for children, with lower coach to child group ratios where children learn in a small group with others at a very similar level to them. The programme offers red stage for the age 5 – 7, orange stage for the 8-10 and green for the 9 -12’s.More information on stages HERE
    Registered THS coaches have access to lesson plans that have been designed by player and coach development experts from Tennis Australia and worldwide. A big part of THS Coaching is the Programme Competencies. These are a tennis version of a school report card so parents and children can see the skills required in order to move through the levels of THS also to see where they are currently at in the grand scheme of the programme.THS coaching HERE

Option 4: Playing at school

  • Tennis Hot Shots in Schools;  40 schools in the Nelson area offer a high quality tennis experience that continues the game based and modified equipment approach of Tennis Hot Shots, and that kids love. Schools take part in the THS schools programme in term 3 and term4 each year.

Option 5: Social, hit with the kids

  • Club near you. There are 12 clubs throughout the Nelson region that cater for junior’s needs.  Please select from the clubs tab to access information on their locations and programme opportunities.  Each club offers social opportunities and the option to gain access to play tennis as a family at a time suitable to you.

Competition options for those juniors that would like to advance their play;

  • Interschools cluster league; the primary interschool cluster league takes place in term 4'19.  Speak to your school sports coordinator to sign up to your school team or contact Ali for further information. 
  • Junior interclub a competitive league for various ages and abilities is run throughout the summer.  Select interclub then junior tab on this website and contact your Club Junior Convenor for further information.  Venues vary each week according to the draw.
  • NZ Post Tennis Hot Shots Tournaments; 6 tournaments take place over the summer season at various clubs. These tournaments are designed as an introduction to competition in a simple and friendly way.  “The best way to introduce children to the joys of fun, competitive tennis” Select the events tab on this website for tournament information.
  • Junior Tournaments Two junior open tournaments take place each year; the Junior Spring Open in September and the Junior Summer Open at the end of the season, March/April. Two schools tournament take palce each year, Primary and Intermediate Championships and the Secondary Schools Championships. Select events tab on this website and contact your club junior convenor for further information.
  • Talley's Junior Spring Open 20th - 22nd Sept'19 . To enter online through our tournaments page
  • Nelson Primary & Intermediate Schools Tournament. 6th & 7th November '19
  • Secondary Schools Tournament 20th Feb'20. Blenheim
  • Tally's Junior Summer Open 3rd - 5th'20   

Tennis Hot Shots Tournaments - series of 10 over the season.

For more information on this wonderful series, take a look at our tournaments and events page.