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 Sessions

We're pleased to offer the following 'Adult Session' Block Options at Island Bay Tennis Club from Term 4 2020:

Rusty- Mondays 6.30-7.30pm

  • Players should feel confident moving around a court and trying to rally.
  • There may be a group coaching option if new numbers suffice in the first 6 weeks.
  • Beginning 19/10 and ending 14/12 (no play Labour Day).
  • Enrolment options - Members Only:
    • A- "Commit"-Pay $70 for the term into the account below or in person and your spot is locked in for each of the 8 sessions (can be given to a family member). 7 Sessions run guaranteed or sessions are credited for next term, 8th session effectively free if all sessions run.
    • B- "Casual"- Turn up on the day and hope there's room -$10/session- Members only (or on up to 2 trials).

Active- Tuesdays - 6-7pm

  • Players should be able to rally.
  • Block Beginning 20/10 and Finishing 15/12 (please add last week's payment if you attended)
  • Enrolment options:
    • A- "Commit" (Members)- Pay $80 for the term into the account below and your spot is locked in for each of the 9 sessions (can be given to a family member). 8 Sessions run guaranteed or sessions are credited for next term, 9th session effectively free if all sessions run.
    • B- "Casual"- Turn up on the day and hope there's room -$10/session for members

Active- Fridays 9.30-11am

  • Players should be able to rally comfortably and are close to an interclub level.
  • Block Beginning 18/10 and Finishing 18/12
  • Enrolment options:
    • A- "Commit" (Members)- Pay $90 for the term into the account below or in person and your spot is locked in for each of the 10 sessions (can be given to a family member). 9 Sessions run guaranteed or sessions are credited for next term, 10th session effectively free if all sessions run. Players enrolled in last term's block pay just $70 re a $20 credit is due from rained out sessions.
    • B- "Casual"- Turn up on the day and hope there's room -$15/session for members, $20/session for non-members.

Off-Peak Private Lesson Block

  • Book 5 private lessons with Coach Henry off-peak (before 3pm weekdays) and pay for 4
  • Time to be arranged to suit
  • 30, 45 or 60 minute options
  • A chance to improve individual concerns in your game

Cancellations will be made via the Club twitter feed at least 30 minutes prior to a session beginning. Otherwise presume on.

Please deposit as follows before your block begins.

01-0505-0930318-00  with player name as REF.

Thanks heaps,

The Island Bay Coaching Team

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.