Tennis Hot Shots programmes

Register HERE as a NZ Post 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 2017 has been cancelled this year due to court shortage in Blenheim.  Next year venue scheduled for Hutt Valley
  • Combined Nelson/Marlborough V Canterbury; 14th & 15th Oct’17. 10-14yr boys & girls. In Blenheim
  • Malcom Shield V Marlborough; 22ndh Oct’17. 14u boys & girls. In Blenheim
  • Blair Cup – 4th Feb ‘18 18u boys & girls
  • Gardiner Trophy – 27th May ’18. 10, 12, 14, 16yr boys and girls. In Nelson
  • Timaru Teams Event – 2nd & 3th June.'18 10u & 12u boys and girls. In Timaru


Gardner Trophy 2017 training team


Blair Cup team 2017

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

Option 1: Have a Go Open day for schools

The Nelson Bays Tennis Associations primary and intermediate ‘Have a Go’ 2017 open day takes place at 11 clubs across the region. 44 schools from Tapawera to Golden Bay are invited to take part in a free coaching session. The “Have a Go” programme launches the summer tennis season with all clubs promoting junior tennis across the region over the same weekend. Schools are active in supporting this initiative which enables students to try out tennis with their school mates before committing to the sport during the summer season. 

Option 2: Try before you buy

  • Tennis Hot Shots 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 NZ Post THS Community Play HERE

Option 3: Coaching programmes

  • Tennis Hot Shots Coaching programmes; there are 7 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 NZPost 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 NZPost 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 NZPTHS also to see where they are currently at in the grand scheme of the programme.NZPTHS coaching HERE

Option 4: Playing at school

  • Tennis Hot Shots in Schools;  37 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. Click HERE to see which schools are involved in our schools programme this 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 4'17.  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 29th - 1st Oct'17 . To enter online NJSpO'17  
  • Nelson Primary & Intermediate Schools Tournament. 8th & 9th November '17
  • Secondary Schools Tournament 15th Feb'18.
  • Tally's Junior Summer Open 6th - 8th'18   

Tennis Hot Shots Tournaments - series of 7 over the season.