Philpott Children's Tennis

A place for everyone to play

COVID-19 UPDATE:

It is with deep sadness that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Philpott Summer Program.

While we are disappointed that we will not be able to bring tennis to kids in underserved communities this summer, we understand and respect the decision made by City of Toronto to prioritize the health and safety of the children, parents, and staff. This is the first time in over 25 years that the Summer Program will not take place.

“Safety is always our number one priority. As difficult as it was to hear, we believe that the City of Toronto made the right decision. We understand it is our responsibility to make a collective effort during this global pandemic. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected all around the world. In the meantime, we will work hard over the summer to continue to support Philpott families in any way we can.”
 ” – Richard Crowell, Executive Director

Although programs aren’t running, there are still ways to safely play tennis and stay active this summer. Click here for tennis safety protocols.

Philpott is working hard to continue to bring light in your lives through tennis, whether it be by leaving racquets to borrow at recreation centres or by guiding you on ways to stay active this summer. We are also planning for a busy and tennis filled fall/winter this year and look forward to getting back on the court.

For updates, check back on our website and follow Philpott on social media!

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Proud to be philpott

Philpott Childrens Tennis is a not-for-profit organization  that offers free tennis programs all year round for children aged 6-15 in priority neighborhoods.  Watch our video to see what some of our Philpott family has to say!

Many of our Philpott Coaches first learned tennis through a Philpott Program and became certified coaches to give back to the organization. Our Toronto Sport Leadership Program allows youth aged 16-24 the chance to train and obtain their Tennis Canada Level 1 Instructor Certification for free. Our youth campers are always thrilled to think that they too could one day be certified Philpott tennis instructors.

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Take a look into our programs!

The Philpott Summer Program is available free-of-charge to ages 6-15 and takes place at 16 locations across the City of Toronto.  

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Become a Certified Philpott Coach! The Toronto Sport Leadership Program provides participants aged 16+ with the skills and training needed to be a tennis instructor. Participants need to have experience playing tennis to apply for this program. 

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Our Philpott Community says:

What I like best is how there are very kind and gentle volunteers and instructors.

Philpott Camper

I am very grateful for the funding that has got me here. I truly hope that this support will always be here for as many people as possible to participate in this program that will forever allow more and more people my age to play and learn tennis.

Syed Muhammed Zafar Alam, TSLP Participant

One of the campers this year told me that he never played tennis before. He said that his favorite sport is now tennis. After I showed him my certificate I received as a child, he mentioned that one day, he wants to become an instructor!

Kim Pallarca, Philpott Instructor

Because of this tennis program, [my kids] feel confident now. We used to come to the courts and they would ask: 'Mommy, how do we play?' and I didn't know. They love it! They asked me to buy a racquet and come to the park to play some more.

Philpott Parent

Meet Our Team

Richard Crowell

Executive Director

Andy Sutton

Head Coach

Ricky Chee

West Site Supervisor

Stephan Harris

East Site Supervisor

Kim Pallarca

Communications Coordinator/Head Instructor

PROGRAMS

indoor SPRING program

The Spring Program runs during May and June for 8 weeks on Wednesdays and Fridays at 4-6pm. This free program is available for ages 6-15 and takes place at L’amoreaux Tennis Centre.

SUMMER PROGRAM

Our Summer Program is offered in July and August to children ages 6-16. There are 18 locations all across Toronto, including downtown, Scarborough, Etobicoke and Jane & Finch.

indoor FALL/WINTER programS

These Philpott Programs are indoors and are offered to children aged 6-15 years old and takes place from November to April. Register for a program at North York Tennis Club, L’amoreaux, or the Boulevard Club.

TORONTO SPORT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Toronto Sports Leadership Program allows Philpott youth to receive additional leadership training by training with instructors to reach a 3.0 level of tennis ability and Tennis Canada Level 1 Certification, followed with paid employment as a Philpott Coach.

Our Corporate Partners:

See individual donor list here.