Who knows sports dynamics better than one of the world’s best recognized sports brands? Who understands language learning needs better than one of the most popular language networks in Europe? Verbalists Language Network is proud to represent for yet another successful year the NIKE tennis summer camps for young learners between 10 and 17 years of age.
Nike’s Tennis and English Language Camps go beyond delivering outstanding tennis coaching and an accelerated model of English learning. They also provide a unique opportunity to develop lifelong friendships and create lasting memories 🙂
Players will benefit from the highly experienced coaching staff. Our coaches use demonstration, practice and feedback – including video analysis – to improve existing shots and techniques and to develop new ones.
Gill Lemore obtained the USPTA (U.S. Professional Tennis Association) certificate, as well as the PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) France qualification. In addition he is a Level 4 performance coach. Gill has worked with players of all ages and abilities around Europe and the U.S. for many years.
Nicola Slater is a professional Doubles player, who still plays. She has the PTR professional qualification, is an experienced elite coach, and has been working as a tennis director at leading colleges in the U.S.
Play tennis the professional way through one of our three programs. Each program includes 24-hour pastoral care from staff, creating a very safe environment.
Program 1: TENNIS & ENGLISH (ages: 10-17)
This program is for 10 to 17 year olds of all English language levels. Players joining the camp from across the globe will be coached in English, have lessons in English and make great new friends…in English!
Students will work in groups on exciting projects to enhance their learning and keep them fully engaged throughout the two weeks such as creating a camp magazine and conducting interviews with their coaches. Players get to explore the history of tennis and everything England has to offer on a range of excursions to top tennis attractions and UK tourist destinations.
The course covers 20 hours of tennis coaching and 12.5 hours of classroom-based English per week. The main advantage is a curriculum taught by native English language teachers, following the CLIL teaching method, with sports and tennis themed lessons and activities.
All teaching material is included in the price, and is for students to take home upon program completion. There is also a proficiency certificate along with a long term goal plan for further language development. Each player receives a Development Plan for bettering tennis skills, devised after a personal assessment session with the coaching director.
LOCATION: National Tennis Centre (NTC) and Lancing College, with the option of one or two weeks’ duration.
Program 2: TOTAL TENNIS (ages: 10-17; camps for active players)
Total Tennis camp is perfect for 10 to 17 year olds who play regularly either at school or in a professional Tennis Club. Its focus is predominantly on tennis skills, with 34 hours of training and matchplay per week. As such, it is vital to have a good level of fitness. Level of tennis needed is intermediate or advances. Speakers of English of all levels are welcome.
Training facility has all 4 Grand Slam surfaces. Students will experience life as a professional player while building confidence, independence and forging new lifelong friendships. The program was devised by former ATP and ITF professionals, giving players the right advice on how to move up to the next level. Seminars will cover topics such as nutrition, match analysis, fitness and tactics.
Players are assessed and coaches help them improve existing tennis skills, as well as develop and practice new ones. Each individual will learn about court position and movement, as well as analyzing shots and knowing how and when to play them.
LOCATION: National Tennis Centre (NTC) and Lancing College, with the option of one or two weeks’ duration.
Program 3: TENNIS & ADVANCED ENGLISH (ages: 12-17)
Tennis & Advanced English – A professional tennis experience for developing and advanced players at England’s top training facility
This is a specialized program for older teenagers, aged between 12 and 17, whose English language level is B1 or higher. There is 6 hours of classroom-based English, and 30 hours of coaching and training per week.
The focus in the language learning is on development of business English and an analytical approach to problem solving. Students learn about and practice presenting information in a clear and structured way, as well as developing personal business ideas orally and digitally. It is a course which perfectly combines development of tennis skills and preparatory English for the next level in school education. On court, players work with the coaching director to set personal goals and a Development Plan, which they then follow throughout the program.
LOCATION: Tennis & Advanced English camps are held in the National Tennis Centre (NTC) for one or two weeks for intermediate and advance players, and Lancing College center for two weeks for players of all levels.
NIKE camps are held in two locations. The National Tennis Centre is located conveniently near Richmond Park in south west London, and Lancing College close to the seaside town of Brighton, under an hour’s train ride from central London.
The National Tennis Centre (NTC)
The National Tennis Centre is the home to Britain’s Davis Cup team, and is conveniently located just outside Richmond Park in south west London. It boasts 22 courts, among which are all 4 Grand Slam surfaces. The facilities along with the program creators (former ATP professionals) provide an ideal environment for professional tennis skills development.
Program which are held in the NTC are Total Tennis, Tennis & English, and Tennis & Advanced English.
Accommodation and catering at NTC
Accommodation is on site in singe, twin or triple bedrooms. There are private and shared bathroom facilities. This is a full board accommodation option, with 3 meals a day (vegetarian option included) and an evening snack. Students have access to free Wi-Fi, laundry and sports facilities (hard, grass, clay and acrylic courts, player lounge, football pitch).
2018 camp dates for NTC:
- One week camps: 16th, 23rd and 30th July, 6th and 13th August;
- Two week camps: 16th, 23rd and 30th July, 7th August
Watch the following video about the programs at the National Tennis Centre Camp
The impressive Lancing College is near the famous English coastal town, Brighton, and just under an hour’s train journey from central London. Overlooking the sea, it is in the most beautiful setting, ideal for inspirational training and language learning. The school has 6 grass tennis courts and another 22 hard courts.
Accommodation and catering at Lancing College
Accommodation is in single, twin and triple bedrooms and dormitories, with shared bathroom facilities. The accommodation is on a full board basis, with 3 meals a day (vegetarian option included), and an evening snack. Students have access to free Wi-Fi, lounge room with TV, table tennis, foosball table and games console. There are laundry and sports facilities as well as an on-site camp shop. Players can go swimming, play in the sports hall, both on grass and hard courts.
2018 camp dates for Lancing College:
- One week camps: 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 July, 6 August
- Two week camps: 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 July
Watch the following video about the programs at LANCING COLLEGE Camp
After a hard week’s work, everyone deserves a break. The staff at NIKE camps have created a social program which includes everyone’s favorite destinations, such as London, Wimbledon, Oxford… Here are just some of the planned weekend activities which you can expect to take part in during you stay with NIKE.
“Real Tennis” experience is an opportunity to play tennis either on the oldest court in use in the world, built with King Henry VIII in mind, or at Radley College, a fine private school, or at Petworth House, an idyllic setting comprised of a country house and its surrounding gardens.
Players can experience the charms of Wimbledon, every tennis lover’s dream, in an exclusive tour around it. It has been an inspiring place for all prospective players ever since its foundation in 1868. (During the Championships 27th June-10th July, the site is closed to visitors. Excursion is replaced by a day trip to Thorpe Park, the top amusement Park in England).
A visit to the capital is a must for any tourist, and so a walking tour of London is planned for the day. All the famous landmarks are on the list, so after seeing the Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, there is a special visit to the famous Niketown on Oxford Street.
Lancing College, near the coastal town of Brighton, offers a trip to Brighton Pier, the famous amusement park on the beach, where many Britons come to stay in the summer. There is also the Arundel Castle tour, revealing its rich and long standing history to visitors from around the world.
The number and choice of excursions depend on the length of stay and location, as well as the weather conditions at the time.
2018 PROGRAM FEES and DATES
INDIVIDUAL SPRING & SUMMER CAMPS
The following camps are delivered on an individual basis, and do not include a group leader, however as soon as the student arrives at the camp, he or she is under 24/7 staff supervision until the moment he/she leaves to return home:
1-week program at Lancing College – £1,275
2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 July, 6 August
2-week program at Lancing College – £2,550
2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 July
1-week program at the National Tennis Centre – £1,475
16th, 23rd and 30th July, 6th and 13th August
2-week program at the National Tennis Centre – £2,950
16th, 23rd and 30th July, 7th August
We are glad to announce that Dejan Simic, the highly respected international tennis coach and sports expert, will again act as a group leader for next spring and summer programs (follow this link to read more about his career).
Dejan will accompany and care for our young learners who will train in summer, from 30 July to 12 August at the National Tennis Centre in London.
SUMMER CAMP WITH GROUP LEADER
2-week program at the National Tennis Centre – £3,200
The Nike tennis camps are supervised and run by renowned, experienced and internationally certified tennis experts; however, the presence of Dejan Simic during the August camp, as someone who has coached over 2,000 young tennis players and mentored more than 100 tennis coaches worldwide, serves as additional assurance of our dedication to students’ needs during their time on the courts of the NTC.
Included in the price are the chosen language program and all teaching material, tennis camp, full board accommodation, excursions to London and famous tennis attractions, travel insurance and a NIKE giveaway pack.
Not included in the price: Air fare and airport transfers to the chosen camp, and registration fees £50.
Gatwick and Heathrow – £80 each way
Luton and St Pancras – £100 each way
Air travel can be booked through one of the travel agencies who are in partnership with the Verbalists Language Network.
Places on this prestigious program are limited and get booked up quickly, so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.
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Filling out the Application Form does not enroll you on the program. It is only the first step to applying, as we check availability for chosen dates and course. Once availability is confirmed, we will email you the enrollment documentation, including an agreement for Nike Tennis Residential Camps.
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