About FC** Tennis Academy

FC**Tennis was formed in 2003 and was later partnered and supported by the LTA. FC**Tennis is an LTA grant funded facility academy that provides an integrated programme of educational and sporting development which enables performance tennis players to achieve the fullest expression of their personal capabilities.

FC**Tennis is one of the most successful youth academies in Britain, producing players competing at all elite levels.

FC**Tennis offers the opportunity for children to train at times to suit them. Group and private sessions, mechanical and match-play video analysis, and our strategy programs are all available.

FC**Tennis facilitates match-play events as well as trips around the world for players to compete and gain the experience needed to enhance development. FC**Tennis has a deep commitment to developing a positive environment that will provide all players with a tennis home they enjoy  belonging to and a resource that parents can trust.

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Our courts have been carefully selected to provide the right balance for a developing player. GreenSet® courts, of which we have five indoors, are used throughout the world at leading tournaments on both ATP and WTA tours. Our 4 outdoor clay courts have been chosen due to their known qualities in junior development for movement and tactical skill.

With over 10 years of elite junior academy experience we understand the need for a range of suitable programs for all levels, and the correct amount of planned training conducted at the right time.

The Tennis Team

We are happy to have Tim Henman as our tennis consultant along side our tennis directors. To find out more about the team please click on a ‘bio’ below.

Neil Bamford

Tennis Director

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Neil previously worked at Dukes Meadows from 2008-2012. He has been playing tennis since the age of 6 years old and was an outstanding young junior player, representing Great Britain at all ages from 12-18 years old. As a player Neil reached a career high Atp ranking 555 (2006) GB NO 8, and doubles ranking of 271 (2006).

He has also had the honor of competing at the All England Wimbledon Courts in 2005, 2006, and 2007, successfully qualifying for the main draw in doubles in 2005. Neil has also played at Queen’s Club, Roland Garros and other major tournaments.

Neil was previously working at Hazelwood Sports Club where he built up and managed a successful junior programme for 4 years.

Neil still competes on a regular basis representing Hertfordshire at Winter cup and Summer cup, where he holds the record for most matches won in a row in Group 1.

Neil is available for individual lessons and is happy to work with all ages and abilities.

Alastair Filmer

Assistant Tennis Director

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Alastair has moved to Dukes Meadows from Bromley Tennis Centre where he was the Head of Performance for 7 years. He is widely respected in British tennis as one of the country’s leading performance coaches.

He has been responsible for the development of a top level performance program which gained HPC and LTA grant funded status producing countless winners at national and international level.

He has coached two players to a world class level – Anton Matusevich won Teen Tennis which is an Under 14 Grade 1 event, and finished runner up at the Orange Bowl and Emma Raducanu who won an ITF title at the age of 13 and placed 3rd at Under 14 Orange Bowl.

At national level he has also coached 2 national singles champions and numerous grade 2 winners at every age category.

He has set up and run three performance programs at different venues and has a passion for setting the culture, philosophy and vision in line with developing world class juniors.

Winner of LTA Performance Coach of the Year 2015.

Kether Clouder

Tennis Coach

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Kether is a highly qualified and dedicated LTA Level 4 Senior Coach, having recently run a successful tennis programme as Head Coach at another London centre.

As well as coaching, Kether has been involved with tennis in various capacities for the past 8 years, having had experience working at the LTA assisting in the running of their Coach Education programme, player analyses on the ATP/WTA Tour and a team member of a World Ranked (no. 4) player.

He uses his experience from all levels of the game to assist player’s in their development. Bringing together technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects to ensure players are challenged in reaching their goals whilst still enjoying their time on the court.

Kether is excited to offer individual/group lessons, to assist players of all ages and abilities in their tennis journey.

Ben Clavering

Tennis Coach

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Ben started playing competitive tennis at aged 10. He trained here at Dukes Meadows where he was part of the LTAs AASE scheme. He competed to a junior national level, winning a series of LTA grade 3 tournaments and stopped playing competitive tennis aged 18 to pursue a career in coaching.

 

Ben holds an LTA level 3 coaching qualification and has been with us here at Dukes Meadows since 2014. During his coaching career he has worked and developed junior players, helping them win LTA grade 3 tournaments and seeing them gain Tennis Europe rankings.

 

Ben coaches on our junior tennis programme and is available for individual coaching of all levels. He is excited for all challenges here at Dukes Meadows.

Tiger Joyce

Tennis Coach

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Tiger Joyce started at Dukes Meadows after spending 5 years at David Lloyd Raynes Park and 2 years at Sutton tennis academy. In that time, he led the performance programme at Raynes Park, which included some of the best players in the region and country for 12 and under.  Tiger is also the Surrey county cup coach for the 10 and under age group.

Glenn Kuma-Mintah

Tennis Coach

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As a former National and International Junior, Glenn represented Great Britain and won a series of National and European junior tour events which elevated him inside the top 20 in Europe and as high as number 1 Nationally at Junior level. As a coach he has guided juniors to become National Champions. Glenn is heavily involved in helping to run the Dukes Meadows Mini tennis programme and works closely with the L.T.A. to help identify and nurture some of the best U10 talent in the country. Glenn’s experience as a player and coach has produced some of the top ranked juniors in the country.

Steven Wood

Tennis Coach

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Steven started his tennis career as a touring coach of former ATP Tour player Vince Spadea (no.18). Then hitting partner for a number of pros including Venus Williams, Amanda Coetzer; Karel Novacek and Mardy Fish.

Steven is a former LTA National coach.

His passion for tennis saw him running the Student tennis at University of Exeter and taking their woman’s tennis team to number one in the country.

He has also been a performance coach at The Evert Tennis academy in Boca Raton in Florida

Adam Liszka

Tennis Coach

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Adam joins the team at Dukes meadows as a Regional Coach leading the 12U Performance. He previously worked at Virgin Active Chiswick Riverside for 3 years and prior to that was the head performance coach at Kingsley Tennis Academy in Hampshire.

Adam is an LTA level 4 Senior Performance Coach and has worked with players aged 8-18 to both regional and national standard, to grade 2 wins up to reaching main draw at ITF level. He is currently part of the Middlesex county coaching team for U14 boys and has also coached on regional camps

He has a wealth of experience having coached for over 12 years, and is looking forward to helping guide Dukes players to improved performance and results.

Joshua Gonzalez

Tennis Coach

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Joshua started playing tennis at the age of 4 for his local club. As a junior he was ranked within the
top 20 under 16 players in the country. Josh was a professional tennis player with a ATP world ranking in singles and doubles and played every level on the men’s tennis tour, winning the the British Masters in 2010. By the end of 2011 he was ranked amongst the top 15 players in Britain.Josh was playing full time at Dukes Meadows before he turned to coaching in 2013. Now working
towards his level 3 Coaching Qualification, he has a 1.1 rating and is part of our Junior Tennis Programme. He wants to pass on his experience of professional tennis to younger players.

Enrique Vidal

Tennis Coach

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Enrique has been playing tennis from very early age and trained here at Dukes Meadows as a junior, he has experience playing in both the UK and Spain.

He is a former national champion and UK No1 at both U16 and U18 level.

He has been coaching since 2015 and hold an LTA level 3 qualification.

Henry Donnelly

Tennis Coach and Hitter

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Henry has more than 13 years of experience in competitive tennis and still enjoys competing in tournaments. He represented Buckinghamshire at Under 18 level before progressing to represent Loughborough University from 2012 to 2015, captaining teams in his second and third years.

Henry joined Dukes Meadows in September 2017 as an assistant coach and hitter, having previously had experience working as a coach for Living Tennis. He is currently a Level 2 LTA Coach and is working towards the Level 3 qualification.

He is experienced in hitting with a variety of players, ranging from adult beginners to junior national champions. Henry is excited to continue to contribute to the elite performance environment at Dukes Meadows with his enthusiasm and passion for helping players improve, enjoy the game and develop as people.

Harry Skinner

Assistant Tennis Coach

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Harry has been an assistant coach and hitter at Dukes Meadows since May 2011. Having achieved an ATP world ranking of 1456, he has competed on the Futures and British Tour circuits since 2004.Still world-ranked, he maintains a desire to continue competing against some of the best players in the country.

A former British National Junior champion, Harry graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 (Bis Communication, Health & Wellness) before returning to the UK. For nine weeks in 2013 he toured with Bernard Tomic in the UK and USA, since which he has been a travelling coach for several world ranked juniors, attending international tournaments on four continents.

Harry loves all things tennis and looks to bring that passion, together with seven years’ coaching experience, to his new responsibilities at Dukes. With a friendly and supportive personality underpinned with a demand for “fun, focus and hard work”, he would like to work with all ages and abilities.

Anthony Bacquet

Assistant Tennis Coach and Hitter

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Anthony joined Dukes Meadows as an Assistant Coach/ Hitter in September 2017. He has experience coaching at West Ealing Lawn Tennis Club for 2 years. He has also played in County Level competitions in France, he is also a member in the office team and aid’s the administration of the club. His real passion is working with young talented players, developing them to have a love of the game and to help them in achieving their goals of high performance tennis.

Temuera Asafu-Adjaye

Assistant Tennis Coach and Hitter

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Temuera has over 15 year’s experience in competitive tennis, he has represented New Zealand as a junior player and Florida A&M University as a NCAA Division college tennis athlete. Upon graduating, Tem has been involved in performance academies in the U.S and New Zealand, with a focus on challenging younger players as a hitting partner.

Freddie Mcgeehan

Hitter

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Freddie joined Dukes Meadows in September 2018. He has previously played tennis at a collegiate level where he played at the university of Utah and east Caroline university. He has also played internationally at a junior level competing in ITD events. Freddie is available to hit with all level of players.

 

Ollie Fawls

Head of Strength and Conditioning

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Ollie joined Dukes Meadows as Head of Strength and Conditioning in May 2018 following a two-year full-time role with WTA professional player Elina Svitolina who in this time reached a career high of the 3rd ranked player in the world. Previous to this he was assistant head of Strength and conditioning at Sutton Tennis academy from 2015-16.

In addition, Ollie was also Head of Strength and Conditioning for the England Visually Impaired and Learning Difficulties Cricket teams for three years. Working for the England and Wales Cricket board (ECB) he supported both teams to an away ashes and Tri-nation series win versus Australia and South Africa. Other sports Ollie has supported are netball, rugby and athletics.

Finally, he has a strong passion for building a high-performance environment which instils core values, team work and a willingness to succeed. He believes this is the key to successful long-term athlete development.

 


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By far, we have developed more national champions and Grand Slam main draw players than any other team of coaches in the country. Many of the country’s current leading juniors train or have trained at FC**Tennis over the last 5 years.

Further Enquiries

If you are interested in signing up to our Tennis Programme then please fill out and send a registration form to office@dukesmeadows.com

For more information about the FC**Tennis programme including how to arrange a free coaching trial please contact the FC**Tennis team.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8994 3314
office@dukesmeadows.com

 

 

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