Junior player development is a priority for the Gawler & District Tennis Association. Significant effort goes into to providing the facilities, resources and opportunities to play necessary to support this development. A development pathway supported by our association coach is in place to get the most out of our juniors.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program is delivered in Gawler by our Association. Hot Shots is a modified form of tennis developed by Tennis Australia for kids 4-12. Courts, racquets and balls are all modified to suit the development level of kids participating and change as their development grows.

Contact juniors@gawlertennis.com.au for more information.

More information about the Hot Shots program is available from the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots website.

Junior 2017/2018 Summer Season

The 2017/2018 season kicked off on 28 October 2017. Junior Pennant plays Friday nights, Junior competition, Green Ball and Orange Ball Leagues play Saturday mornings. The grand final is played in March 2018. Players interested in joining the summer season in 2017/18 can email the association at juniors@gawlertennis.com.au.

Guidelines & tips for team managers, parents & all players in relation to scoring, umpiring, player conduct & general Junior Competition information is included in the Supervisors Guide supplied to all teams.

Results: Junior Pennant | Other Junior Competitions

Country Carnival

As a proud country association, the Gawler & District Tennis Association participates each year in the Country Carnival hosted by Tennis SA. The Country Carnival is held early in January at Memorial Drive as part of the World Tennis Challenge.

Contact juniors@gawlertennis.com.au to be part of the World Tennis Challenge Country Carnival.

Inter-association Matches

The Gawler & District Tennis Association plays a number of inter-association matches each year to add variety to our juniors game play and support their development. Matches are played against Port Pirie & District Tennis Association, Mildura Lawn Tennis Club and Riverland Lawn Tennis Association.

Contact juniors@gawlertennis.com.au for details about joining our inter-association development squad.

Foundation Cup

Gawler is part of the Lower Northern Region, one of six regions that participate in the Foundation Cup, a program designed to identify young talent in regional South Australia. Squad members get to participate in a Regional Development Day hosted by Tennis SA where players participate in coaching, nutrition, strength and conditioning sessions along with match play. The top four boys and top four girls go on to represent South Australia against the other states in a competition that leads into the Sydney International in January.

Flyer for the 2016 Lower Northern Foundation Cup try-outs

In 2012 Sam Murch successfully coached the Lower Northern Region to their first ever win in both boys and girls team competition. Two players from the Gawler Region went on to represent South Australia at the Sydney International.

If you’re interested in being part of the current Lower Northern Region squad contact the junior secretary through email juniors@gawlertennis.com.au.

 Junior 2017 Winter Competition

A competition for juniors will be hosted at Essex Park on Friday nights throughout winter. Juniors that take part in this competition continue their development through the traditional “off season” and find themselves much improved compared to their peers when the summer season resumes.

Click here for full details about the Winter Friday Night Juniors.