Junior Tennis Centre of Excellence

'Achieve excellence by doing the simple things really well'

We are passionate about helping players become the best they can be and offer programmes for hard working and driven young players​

We are committed to helping children enjoy the game and reach their potential. This programme offers small bespoke groups tailored to children’s tennis needs.  The sessions will have a maximum class size of just 6 players. Coaching will focus on developing strong technique and mental resilience that will allow children to compete with success. There will be a high level of attention to detail to minimise any need for any additional one to one coaching. Regular attendance, preferably more than once a week, will develop robust players who will be able to enjoy playing tennis with competence for a lifetime.

  • Open to children of all ages by invitation 

  • Sessions throughout school term and holiday time

  • Small class sizes of a 6 maximum to ensure the highest quality tuition


Performance Groups 

Our senior coaching team has a proven track record working with high level players at county, national and international levels. Our Academy Programme is the next step from the Performance Groups and offers selected players the opportunity to push their game on fully. Coaching will be robust, developing tough competitors with the skills to flourish in competitive environments. Enrolment is by invitation only.


High level success in tennis requires commitment and continuity of coaching. We are offering scholarships to selected players who attend a minimum of three training sessions a week at the club. To be considered, players will normally be of a County ‘team’ standard and fully committed to improving their game. We will make a full commitment to Scholars, offering …


  • A minimum 25% discount on coaching fees

  • Free of charge ‘walk-on’ court usage

  • Tournament vist support

  • Racket and clothing sponsorship from HEAD

  • Monthly progress reporting/meeting 


To find out more please contact Francis Mackie on 07837-890429 / admin@thetenniscafe.com

Our Academy


Our Senior Team

Francis Mackie

Manager and Founder

  • Ex ATP professional player and coach to ATP/WTA players

  • Former head of performance tennis for Surrey LTA

  • Former Sussex LTA Coach of the Year

  • Coach to UK national champions and numerous County champions

  • Former ITF Seniors 40plus UK no1 and World no3

  • LTA Coach Level 4

David Gabb

Tennis Director

  • Coach to ATP/WTA players

  • Coach to UK national champions and numerous County champions

  • Over 40 students qualifying for USA University Scholarships

  • Former Tennis Director at David Lloyd Leisure

  • LTA Master Coach Level 5

The Tennis Cafe

Gildredge Park, Eastbourne BN21 1HD



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