At Taunton School we run tennis all year round, with teams competing in competitions throughout the three terms. The predominant term for tennis for both boys and girls is in the summer term, where we have a competitive fixture list. Tennis has access to eight courts throughout the year, we also use the floodlit courts at Taunton Vale and the Indoor Courts at Blackbrook Pavilion as required.
The boys and girls programme is structured the same and pupils train for an hour and a half twice a week.
- Tuesdays are for year groups and a mixture of abilities taking part in a varied range of fitness, skill and technical sessions.
- Thursdays are team squad based and are game related sessions including inter team training matches and preparation work for Saturday fixtures.
- Specific Academy Programme and skill sessions can be arranged with our Head of Tennis that can cater for any level of player from beginner to national standard.
- 1:1 and open court sessions for all pupils to access and use the pitches independently when they have spare time. They can also book into specific sessions where they can work with coaches directly to improve.
Each year we enter teams in the Senior student’s competitions such as the Aberdare and Glanville Cup, whilst competing in a full calendar of competitive boys and girls fixtures in the Summer term. School teams also play in the local West Somerset League giving our students the chance to compete against the best tennis clubs in the county.
We also offer a very successful tennis tour during the Easter holidays. This is a biannual event which helps to create a team ethos between our students ready for the Summer term.
We are supporters of Taunton Tennis Centre at Blackbrook Pavillion, where our Head of Tennis also runs their Performance Academy Sessions and have a number of players involved in the Academy and in the Somerset Age Group teams.
Head of Tennis – Mr Shaun Carroll
Mr Shaun Carroll comes from an experienced and high calibre background in tennis, as a former GB/England Captain and the current Somerset County Captain. He has coached Junior Davis Cup players and various national champions. He currently coaches the Performance Academy at the Taunton Tennis Centre.