Who knew the Little Red Dot was actually quite racket-mad? Here are the best Tennis and Squash schools in Singapore for both mamas and kids!
Have the WTA Finals given your fam Tennis fever, mama? Or maybe you’re all going a little stir crazy with the seemingly never-ending haze situation? Either way, it’s never too early to put a racket in your little one’s hands to help them burn off some excess energy.
Alternatively, you might want to consider Squash; did you know we live in one of the world’s top regions for the sport, and that it’s in super-high demand at top American universities? We took a peek at the rosters for Harvard, Yale and Princeton and found kids from Singapore or Malaysia on every single squad! We can’t promise your toddler will one day earn a sports scholarship, but it can’t hurt to try the sport out for fun! If nothing else, at least many courts are air-conditioned!
Both sports provide wonderful lifelong benefits for adults, too, with heaps of social and competitive Tennis and Squash leagues available throughout Singapore. We’ve rounded up all the best spots for Tennis and Squash instruction in Singapore, read on for all the deets to see which one’s right for you!
Offering 10-week sessions throughout the year, Camp Asia uses the internationally-recognised TLA (Tennis Lawn Association) curriculum to ensure little ones get a strong skills foundation.. They even give 3-to-11 years olds modified equipment like softer balls, smaller rackets and mini nets for “Mini Tennis”.
Age: 3 & up
Where: Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane (Off Upper Serangoon Road), Singapore 357684
Camp Asia, [email protected] or call (+65) 6593 3691
Offering junior programmes at convenient locations across the island to go with their convenient HQ right in the CBD, Savitar starts with a parent-accompanied class that leads into the adorably named “Tiny Tots” programme for kids 4-6. There’s also a more basic “Skill Builders” class that starts at age 3. Eventually kiddos can progress to Savitar’s competitive international juniors league. They also offer instruction for adults at every level of experience, from beginner to advanced, along with ladies-only clinics and even fitness-based tennis training.
Ages: 3 & up
Where: Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560; click here for other locations
Savitar, [email protected] or (+65) 9646 5703
Singapore Tennis Association
The STA runs the largest junior development programme in Singapore, with more than 1,000 kids aged 6-18 participating island-wide. Beginner classes focus on fun but things definitely ramp up to a more competitive level. Adults, meanwhile, can take weekly group lessons, including three different levels of Beginner instruction.
Singapore Tennis Association, [email protected] or (+65) 6295 2283
SITA Tennis Academy
SITA works with kids from age 4, bringing together a global team of experienced coaches and formerly ATP-ranked pros. They also offer both group and private lessons for adults. Their main location is at Dempsey Hill, but they also offer lessons at Tanglin Trust, SJI International School, the Keppel Club and Orchid Country Club. Not sure your kiddo’s ready to commit to long-term lessons? SITA also offers fun holiday camps. Prices start from $30 per class.
Age: 4 & up; Programmes available for juniors and adults
Where: SITA Tennis Academy Centre, 130E Harding Road, Singapore 249543. Other locations available.
This super kid-friendly tennis school is located at sports mecca Turf City. Kiddos as young as 3 progress through colour-coded developmental stages that also include smaller courts and slower balls to help them really hone their stroke technique and ball control. Both private and group lessons are available for adults at all levels.
Age: 3 & up
Where: 220 Turf Club Road, Singapore 288001
Tanglin Academy, [email protected] or (+65) 9108 6516
Women’s International Tennis Singapore (WITS) League
If you’re already a Tennis enthusiast, mama, why not considering joining the WITS league? With over 650 members from more than 30 countries, it’s a fabulous social organisation with doubles competition available at eight different experience levels.
Age: Adults 18 years and above
Where: Locations vary
WITS, [email protected] or (+65) 9339 4572
Public Tennis Centres
One of many things to love about living in a tropical climate is the abundance of outdoor tennis courts available for year-round use! You can book in both kids’ and adult lessons at a very reasonable price, or simply reserve a court to play on your own time (or with the fam). If you’re on the shy side you can even arrange to have lessons done at a private condominium court.
Age: Lessons start at age 3
Where: Locations across Singapore; click here for more information!
Public Tennis Centres, www.tennislessons.com.sg/tennis-court
Pinnacle Squash Academy
Formed back in 2006, Pinnacle brings together some of the most experienced coaches in Singapore — in fact many of them are former top-ranked players. There are three levels of beginner courses, each lasting for 10-week terms. Pinnacle also organises local tournaments as well as overseas competitive tours.
Age: 4 & up
Where: No. 12 West Coast Walk, West Coast Recreation Centre, Singapore 127157
Pinnacle Squash Academy, [email protected] or (+65) 9423 9193
SAFRA has a recently-renovated clubhouse at Toa Payoh along with a squad for former NSMen that’s among the most competitive in the region. They also offer leagues for women and schoolkids, along with reasonably-priced introductory lessons at $150 for 5 sessions (cheaper for groups).
Where: SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319387
Singapore Squash Academywww.facebook.com/Singaporesquashacademy,
Private Clubs & Leagues
Many of Singapore’s private clubs, including The American Club, Tanglin Club, Singapore Cricket Club, and Hollandse Club offer instructional, social and competitive squash opportunities (ditto for Tennis!). You can also check out the United Condo Squash Club, which offers a range of playing options to both men and women at a variety of skill levels; the only prerequisite for membership is an “unmitigated passion and love for this incredible game of Squash Rackets”!