Our head coach is David Knight and he is supported by senior coach Henry Sim and a team of talented assistants. David and his team offer coaching for all ages and levels in groups, academies, or private lessons.

 

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Junior Coaching

Beginners: A great intro to tennis for newbies and those coming to grips with the game. Players will learn all strokes and use games to cement this learning as well as make it enjoyable for all participants. Note: We endeavour to place older beginners (10+) separate to younger ones where possible.

Little Hitters: This group has been designed for those players ready to move from a beginner group who exhibit consistency in getting their shots over the net. Groundstrokes, volleys, and serve technique will be a focus alongside the development of rally-based drills/games.

Big Hitters and Interclub Team Training: This group is designed for those players at an interclub level (those who can rally and get a serve in consistently). Technique, footwork, strategies and match play will be a focus. A fun class with lots of game-based drills. For Interclub training, sessions can be exclusive to the team with a full team enrolled. Coach will work on team work, match-play, and doubles strategies.

All these junior group coaching sessions are typically $108 per player for an 8 lesson term.

Academy: Ideal for serious and more competitive players. Sessions are rally-based looking at different tactical scenarios. Participation by invite or application. Player placement in academies is at David's discretion. Please contact him to discuss. Junior Academy (primary-aged) Wednesdays and Senior Academy Thursdays (year 7 and up).

Private Lessons: Focusing on technique and aspects of the game needing improvement. A player-focused approach very specific to their needs/current level. Start at $35/30 minutes. Max of two players per private lesson during peak hours (3pm-7pm).

Junior Coaching sessions are for Club Members only.  If you are not yet a member and new to coaching, David can provide two 'trial' coaching sessions (on a pay per session basis) before club membership sign up. Details and pricing about membership can be found here.

For 5 and 6 year olds new to tennis we can offer the option of Junior Coaching without club membership for one term. This allows young kids a chance to give tennis a go without the commitment of club membership sign up. This does not include access to courts outside of coaching sessions or to junior club day on Fridays. This club day is a great way to complement lessons in a more fun and casual environment at no extra cost to members. 

 

Adult Active Sessions

These are a great session for players who are confident rallying. A moderate level of fitness is required as these sessions are very fast and point-based! Please let David know if you wish to join one of these sessions.

TUESDAY: 6.30 - 7.30pm. (school terms 4 and 1 only). Members only. Cost: $10 per session

FRIDAY: 9.30 – 10.30am. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Other Group or Private coaching sessions can be arranged on request.

More about David

David played competitively as a junior in Christchurch before moving up to Wellington to pursue tertiary study. During this time he worked his way to becoming the Head Coach at the Thorndon Club as well as completing his studies. He took over the Island Bay Head Coach position in 2014. David's coaching achievements include; coaching two Central junior rep teams to National titles, in 2014 he coached 10 Wellington rep players, coaching a New Zealand rep player, the youngest ever ATPCA level 3 qualified coach after completing this course in Sydney 2012 and he has travelled as far as Florida as part of the coaching development of one of his players.

In 2017 David was a finalist for Tennis Central Club Coach of the year and David also currently coaches the Wellington College boys' team who placed second at the 2017 Secondary School Nationals.