This is the core of what I do. Improve your game with dedicated coaching in a relaxed environment.
Looking for a way to keep occupied over the school holidays? Want to bring some friends along and play together? No problem, my Tennis Camps are suitable for all abilities and ages.
If you want to train for competition then my performance sessions are for you. I currently work with some of the best youngsters in the UK, and have a track record of elevating players' games to the next level.
My group sessions are tailored to suit your ability and game of preference (doubles, singles etc). The focus will be on coaching, rallying and practice points, and there are competitive games at the end of each session.
Sometimes it's a good idea to get the whole family involved, so why not try one of my family coaching sessions?
Think you've got the next Andy Murray in your midst? Tiny Tots tennis classes are a great way to introduce kids to the game with a bunch of fun activities to build up core tennis skills. We make this happen by reducing the court and using larger red balls. This is because the ball is larger and aids hand eye coordination, a vital skill to develop at a young age.
At the moment I'm running classes at a number of primary and secondary schools across Surrey. These are either before or after school. Click the title to find out more.
Not for the feint-hearted, Cardio tennis is a high energy session combining tennis drills with plenty of cardiovascular exercise for a full-body, calorie burning aerobic workout. Great fun if you find running on its own a bit dull and are a tennis lover!
Want to plan a fun tennis party for an active group of kids? Look no further.
My individual lessons are all about you. Together we will analyse your game and come up with a specialised plan to improve it.
Individual lessons will take your tennis to the next level no matter your standard.
With beginners the focus is usually on technical work, from the mechanics of hitting a solid forehand to footwork and timing.
Normally my beginners’ tennis coaching will involve:
Forehand and backhand mechanics: Making sure that you hit shots while sideways on with knees slightly bent, rotating your shoulders and making sure the swing finishes over the shoulder
Learning how the ball works. For example, many beginners tend to run towards the bounce. Key introductory skill are patience and timing, allowing the ball to fall and learning when to make contact with it
Skills in my beginners’ sessions will be reinforced with a number of drills. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can progress with one-to-one tennis coaching.
My advanced coaching sessions will be dedicated to helping experienced players improve technical details and tactical awareness. As well as working on parts of your game that you want to focus on, I’ll recommend drills and techniques that will take your game to the next level.
Advanced coaching sessions include drills for:
Working on when to play open stance and closed stance
Loading up the legs, effective weight transfer and using explosive power
Rotating through the hips when making contact with the ball
Adding topsin to your game and improving racket head speed
Advanced individual coaching sessions are ideal for players who play regular tennis and are serious about improving their game.
I currently work in a number of schools around Surrey, offering lessons and group classes before and after school starts.
Signing up to school tennis sessions is a easy and convenient way for your child to get great quality coaching. Depending on the ability of the group, the focus will be on developing coordination skills and basic tennis techniques.
These benefits of these sessions goes beyond improving tennis skills. As well as being a fun way to exercise and stay healthy, there's also a big focus on self-discipline, communication and motivation. School sessions are often split into singles and doubles games, so there's plenty of chances to play with and against friends, too!
With enough schools signing up, we hope to run inter-school tournaments encouraging the children to compete and have fun.
Want your child's school to start offering before and after school tennis lessons? Get in touch with me today!
Schools I currently coach in:
Tiny Tots Tennis
Tiny Tots Tennis
My Tiny Tots classes are designed for young children as an introduction to the game of tennis. The focus is more on learning the foundations than any competitive play, and we'll concentrate on developing coordination, balance and technique.
In my classes Tiny Tots will:
. Learn hand eye coordination, how to throw, catch and deal with bouncing balls.
. Learn different movements, including side stepping, cross overs and karaoke steps. These key movements are an important step in coordinating footwork essential to tennis, such as the split step.
. Develop balance - We will work on hopping and jumping, which will eventually help tiny tots to time racket swings and hit moving balls.
. Lear basic tennis techniques, bounce and hit the ball, and understand how to swing back from the ready position.
. Understand the different grips needed and how to hold the racket.
. Learn to move and strike the ball.
Want to take your game to the next level? My performance sessions are designed to tweak the specific skills that make a big difference during competitive matches.
These classes are usually in groups and made up of children working on game to compete in tournaments and improve their rankings.
We tend to work on court intelligence, tactics, specific technique, the mental game, footwork, intensity and reactions. We will also be using video analysis to improve technique, see things from a different perspective and keep track of errors, unforced errors and winners.
Performance sessions are all about developing a routine for match play.
My group sessions can be organised and tailored to suit all abilities.
For beginners, we will work on improving your understanding of the ball, learning the right technique for every type of shot and rallying. The aim is to give you all the skills you need to play a tennis match.
Group sessions can also be divided into doubles or singles practice. Doubles practice will focus on learning different tactics key to the gaem of doubles: how to intercept the ball at the net, hitting accurate lobs, passing down the line, approaching the net, drop shots, serve and volley etc - everything is designed to be applied directly in game situations.
For singles players, I have put together a 10-12 week schedule that will improve your game session by session.
The focus will be on improving your bio-mechanics, allowing you to hit better shots for longer. We will also develop your tactical awareness, look closely at how to return serve and where to return to. Something that will come with time is the skill of anticipation. This will help you know where to recover to after you hit a shot and thinking ahead during points.
This development will combine to help you build effective phases of play, such as opening the court up by hitting cross court before playing down the line, or serving out wide before playing it down the line. We will also focus on timing: when to approach the net and how to do so, when to play the drop shot, when to mix it up with the slice and when to take the ball on the rise and catch your opponent off guard.
Cardio Tennis sessions are a great way to keep fit and improve your game at the same time.
These sessions include lots of different tennis drills, all with a focus on gaining fitness and keeping moving. Drills will involve hitting shots, circuits, ladders, lunges, squats and footwork.
Not only do these drills boost your aerobic fitness, they also steadily improve several core skills that are crucial to tennis, including footwork, adjustment steps, recovery steps, different stances and how to move forward and backward on the court.
Enjoy a workout and become a better tennis player at the same time!