... for ambitious players

We welcome ambitious players to join our indoor training sessions at Eastbourne Sports Park.


Our award winning programme supports players who are serious about developing their game. The club's performance programme is delivered by our highly experienced and motivated team of coaches. Our coaching beliefs are simple and deliver competitive results. We train players to do the basic things really well, developing ...

  • Efficient and repeatable strokes

  • Proven competitive tactics

  • Robust mental attitude

  • High fitness levels to give players a competitive edge

Our sessions, on Saturday afternoons, are directly open to all County standard players. Applications from lower level players will be considered following a free of charge assessment. 

1500-1600     Red Development Squad

1545-1645     Orange Development Squad

1630-1800     Academy Drills for stronger County players from Orange level to under 13

Our Indoor Saturday Performance Sessions

Our experienced coaching team

Francis Mackie
  • Former ATP professional player and coach to ATP/WTA players

  • Former head of performance tennis for Surrey LTA

  • Former coach to UK national champions and numerous County champions

  • Former ITF Seniors 40plus UK no1 and World no3

  • LTA Coach Level 4

David Gabb
  • Former coach to ATP/WTA players

  • Coach to UK national champions and numerous County champions

  • Over 40 students have gone on to have careers in tennis

  • Former Tennis Director at David Lloyd Leisure

  • LTA Master Coach Level 5

Jodie Tiley
  • Former UK top 10 u18 Junior

  • University of Tennessee, USA, Team Coach

  • University of Tennessee, USA, Conference Player of the Year

  • Cambrigeshire County player

Performance Tennis  Some thoughts ...

What's the difference between our regular sessions and our Performance programme?


Whatever a player's experience or ability, we will do our best to develop their skills and instil a love for the game. We want tennis to become everyone's lifetime sport. Our Performance programme is set up for gifted and motivated players who are suited to pursuing a competitive pathway. We will share our passion for competition and equip players with the robust technical, tactical and mental skills to enjoy matchplay.


Our Performance programme is highly individualised


Our coaching team spends a lot of time each week discussing all our young performance players. They have different priorities and our team needs to go on court with a clear understanding, and agreement, of each player's technical, tactical, emotional and physical needs. These are specific to each player and will be slightly different in each case. On top of individual priorities, there will be general themes running through all our sessions – these themes are universal and apply equally to all the youngsters.


A Performance player thrives in a competitive environment


To give young players the best chance in tournaments, we make all our sessions highly competitive and look for individuals to rise to the occasion. Even the best players do not always play well, often they win due to having a great attitude and positive competitive behaviour. We therefore put a lot of emphasis on these qualities. Coping positively with frustration and always giving 100%, whatever the circumstances, are some of our core values. 


Sportsmanship, respect and appreciating others


Children will improve faster if they are 'good sports' on court and recognise the achievements of others. There is no shame in losing to a great shot. Acknowledging an opponent's good play is important. We must encourage children to be supportive and respectful to others. 

How much should an ambitious young player play?


It depends on a player’s age and stage of development. Tennis is a highly competitive sport. A top County player needs to be playing roughly as many hours a week as they are old. A little 6 year old showing real promise ... maybe 3 sessions a week? 


However, don’t forget about quality. An hour of really high quality work is worth a lot more than an unstructured hit. Our group performance sessions are very much ‘coached’ and should be regarded as shared individual lessons. We do not subscribe to the common model of larger groups with lots of player pair work. This simply doesn’t work! Our lead coaches are experienced with a proven track record of producing results. Our model of ‘high quality’ group coaching, delivered by a team of coaches who are on the same page, offers the most effective and best value approach.

The Tennis Cafe

Gildredge Park, Eastbourne BN21 1HD   


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