Coaching

Everyball coaching is the name of our tennis coaching activities and our coaching team, with a combined service of over 100 years, assists players of all levels from beginners to performance players and young players seeking progression to professional play. The Everyball ethos includes a special focus on 4 key life skills: Respect, Resilience, Responsibility & Reflection – click here to read more.

The Everyball Coaching team

Individual / private lessons

What better way to fast track your improvement than with a one-on-one coaching session – an hour just for you to develop those areas of your game most important to you.

All of our coaches are available to deliver lessons to members or non-members; you can go it alone or you may wish to organise a  small group or play with a friend to share the cost. Either way you will enjoy a tailored session with an LTA licenced coach best suited to your requirements.

For all adult and junior coaching enquires please contact Head Club Coach Roy Knight (07857 929886)

Meet the Everyball team

Mike James
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I learned to play tennis on a court built by my Father in Langata, just outside Nairobi in Kenya, and there began a love affair with the sport that was further ignited on the hard courts of Tucson, Arizona where I played High School and Division 1 College tennis (at The University of Arizona,  studying History and English) and continues today in my role as Director of Tennis for Halton Tennis Centre and founder of it's coaching brand and provider Everyball Tennis.

20 plus years working in British Tennis has seen me work as a County Performance Officer for Bucks and Herts, National Performance Officer for Scotland, travel extensively across Europe and work with a number of top national and internationally ranked junior players, several going on to successful professional careers, either as players or coaches.

I am currently a lead tutor on the LTA's Level 4 Senior Performance Coach Qualification and a Mentor to candidates on the Level 5 Master Performance Coach Award. More local to home in Buckinghamshire I work as consultant to the Bucks LTA Aspirantes Programme, designed to help coaches and clubs develop their programmes and young players.  I'm extremely passionate about the 'coaching of coaches' and have a wonderful opportunity to learn from the exceptional tutors I work with as well as the superb young candidates coming through into the profession.

A fascination with personal change, organisational and cultural development, performance teamwork, and developing the mindset for success has led me to explore the work of the 'performance coach' across other sports and into business and industry as well as partnering in the development of our own in-house 'Eupsychia' programmes at Halton Tennis Centre, now housed under CHILDS.

Through this I have worked with teams from organisations such as Lane 4, The Mediaport, The Youth Sport Trust and the senior leadership team of Aylesbury Grammar School, as well as gain from a number of powerful mentors and coaches.

In 2012 I became an NLP and Sport Psychology practitioner through Louise Deeley of 'Inside Performance' to add to my qualification as a Heart Math Coach through 'Beyond the Barriers' in 2011.

One of my current projects is developing Halton Tennis Centre's arm for learning and development - 'The Chiltern Institute for Learning, Development and Sport' (CHILDS) which houses all our training and development programmes (including Eupsychia) as well as a developing mission to support and grow sport in the Chiltern area.

Roy Knight
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I first started playing tennis at the age of 8 in Cornwall and I have been hooked ever since! As a junior I loved travelling all over the country playing competitively. Some of my best achievements include winning several grade 3 events and playing in the national championships, reaching a UK junior Ranking of 12. I have represented Cornwall from under 10 through to senior level and continue to do so today! At the age of 18 I moved to Louisiana in the United States to play Division 1 Tennis for 4 years, which was a fantastic experience and has helped me a lot since I have began coaching. I still love the challenge of competing and try to get on court as much as I can!

I began coaching in 2014 in Cornwall with TDA Tennis, where my role varied between working with Performance Players and being head coach of a club in St Austell, where I worked with people of all ages and playing experience. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. During this time I gained my level 3 coaching qualification.

I am very honoured to be given the opportunity to be part of the coaching team at Everyball Tennis. I have a huge passion for tennis and I am extremely excited to share my energy and enthusiasm for the game with everyone in the Everyball programme!

Jemima King
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Previously a top junior player, Jemima began coaching at Halton in 2005 after a successful US College career at Boise State. She is responsible for Everyball's Academy sessions and has a key role in the club's Performance Programme. She also runs USTS, a company that helps prospective students to secure scholarships at American universities. Jemima is still playing to a high level and is an integral member of the Buckinghamshire County team as well as being Halton's joint Ladies Club Captain. Jemima is a motivational coach whose endless energy and enthusiasm help players of all ages and abilities to realise their potential.

Alan Hutcherson
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Alan was one of the region’s top juniors, who went to Australia and came back a tennis coach. You know his pupils – they all have great forehands! Alan is also responsible for U10 players and our nationally acclaimed ‘Aspirantes’ programme, when not stringing rackets.

Dominic King
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Dom is an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC) as well as holding numerous other professional qualifications. His responsibility is to oversee the Sports Science delivery; this can encompass strength & conditioning, mental & emotional training and nutrition & lifestyle management. Dom also acts as a point of reference for players, coaches, parents and the LTA, among others. Dom also trains athletes from a number of other sports as well as tennis social members and also those with a more general health and wellbeing goal.

Neale Proud
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Neale joined us in 2012 from Batchwood High Performance Centre in St Albans, where he has spent the last 5 years working with county, regional & national U10 players as well as setting up one of the UK’s largest Mini-Tennis Talent ID & Performance programmes. Prior to becoming a full-time tennis coach he spent several years in management training & development, and is convinced this experience has given him a “sixth sense” when it comes to getting the most out of the players he works with. Neale has a great affinity with young players, and presses every motivational button to make the most of every child's talent.

Ed Taylor
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Ed has returned to Halton having been away for a period of time to go and chase his ambition to play full time tennis and compete internationally.

Below he describes his experience and his reasons for returning to Halton as a Coach:

"I remember the first session I had at Living Tennis at Bisham Abbey was a fitness session at 7 am and all the younger players who had been at full time tennis a lot longer than me were outlasting me at everything and I was knackered to say the least even after just the warm up! This drove me to push myself more and more and within no time I had caught up and was also beginning to perform well on the court.

Countless early mornings and late nights on court and in the gym helped build my character and resilience. I kept telling myself every morning at 5:45 that I was getting up to pursue a life goal which helped my mind-set for the morning sessions and for the rest of the day. Of course some days I would struggle to motivate myself and I would lose hope but once I stepped on court I would lose myself in the hard work.

I carried on training full time whilst supporting myself with coaching work in the evenings. I would do one fitness and one tennis session in the morning then a second fitness and tennis session in the afternoon, a total of 5 hours of training a day followed by coaching in the evenings which ranged from performance squads to private sessions and schools.

I managed to travel abroad and play a few tournaments alongside domestic competition. I was clearly improving and it was all great experience as I learned so many new skills while being away, connecting to so many new people and being able to talk and communicate with different people from different countries.

A time has now come in my life where my goals and ambitions are changing and I am ready to come back home to Halton and pursue my career as a coach. I see myself continuing to stay close to the 'playing' side of the game by being able to travel with players and use my experiences that I have gained, whilst also coaching across all ages and abilities as I simply enjoy helping others get better and seeing the joy they get from the process! The relationships I have built and will continue to build over the next years are so valuable to me and I have already met some extraordinary people through our amazing sport!

I am very grateful to Halton for encouraging me to explore my dreams and ambitions and always supporting me and I am delighted to be able to say that I have come back home to develop my coaching career at Halton and Everyball Tennis."

Sam Kilhams
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I was introduced to tennis age 7 by a coach from my local tennis club in Chichester West Sussex. The coach was running a taster session at my primary school and I enjoyed the experience enough to spend the next week badgering my parents to take me along to a session at the club. My persistence paid off and the next week I went along to a Saturday morning pay and play session. The enthusiasm I had for the game after that first session grew in the following months and before long I was competing in tournaments on a frequent basis.

I had many ups and downs throughout my junior competition years, but fortunately I had enough success that it enabled me to play for my home county at every age group, regularly attend both regional and national training camps and play competitive tennis all over the UK. As a senior I have continued to represent Sussex whenever possible, and have been a frequent competitor on the British Tour circuit. Despite the fact I am no longer competing on a regular basis, I do still enjoy playing the game when I can and also aspire to engage in multiple sports competitively for as long as I am able to do so.

During my college years I had the opportunity to be a part of the LTA AASE scheme at Brighton Health and Rackets Club, which I completed in 2011. During this time I accomplished both my LTA level 1 & 2 coaching qualifications and begun assisting with sessions on weekends and school holidays. This peaked my interest in more coaching, so following this period I immediately went on to complete my LTA Level 3 in 2012. I then decided to start coaching full time at the same club in Chichester where I had first picked up a racket. This gave me an excellent platform to gain experience as a coach. I was able to assist many different players from toddlers at the start of their journey, to competitive teenage athletes, to veterans of the game at 65+. Every one of them helped me learn and develop as a coach and person.

Completing my Level 4 SCC in 2016 and joining the Everyball team at Halton in 2017, has been a big step forwards and I am excited for the new challenges and experiences that lay ahead. I especially look forward to playing my part in helping Halton continue to play a leading role in British tennis. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help people get closer to achieving their goals in tennis everyday and I aim to continually improve my capabilities as a coach and character as a person, so that those goals are more likely to be achieved for both myself and my players.

Seb Callcut
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I've been coaching for 7 years, working with all ages and abilities. From toddlers, once-a-weekers (people using the game to keep fit, to team players and every colour ball and junior players), performance players competing at ITF and brit tours. I am also currently the under-14 girls county coach for Bucks and have been doing this role for the 3 years.

Prior to tennis I completed my BSc (hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Aberystwyth University, where I was captain of the mens first team for 2 years and chairman of the club in my 3rd year.

I also still love competing in the NPL doubles league over winter and aegon in the spring/summer, and was also part of the Bucks men county team last year for the winter county cup. I'm really excited about getting involved in all aspects of Halton club life - see you on court!

Tom Edis

Tom Edis

Club Coach

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I discovered tennis aged 6 hitting an old ball against the wall at a friends’ house – I never wanted to go back inside! It prompted my tennis-loving mum to book me in for some tennis lessons and I never looked back.

My growing love for the game saw me compete regularly as a junior as part of the ‘Chesham 3 Star’ tennis program that trained on public courts. I broke into the Bucks county squad from the age of 10 (with Jemima!), and remained part of the set-up throughout my teens – often training at Halton. It was fantastic to play in many events all over the country with some of the best national players at the time.

Following a week shadowing my old coach at 16, I gained a huge desire to coach full-time once my junior competing days were over. I completed my level 3 qualification the year after my A-levels in 2001 and began to coach while studying Sports Science at Brighton University. I started coaching full-time in 2004 at Chesham 1879 where I worked with all ages and levels of player – from tots to seniors, including 3 county champions that went on to national level.

Gaining my level 4 in 2007 and my 10u performance qualification in 2012, I became Head Coach at 1879 the same year. At that time I co-founded Challenge Tennis, 1879’s coaching provider that has since gone on to provide comprehensive coaching programs at Great Missenden, Widmer End, Coleshill, and Little Gaddesden, as well as Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe. As director of CT I was fortunate enough to oversee the production and development of six regional players from 9u-12u. Some of these traveled to the Sanchez Casal Academy in Barcelona with us in 2013 to learn to train in the Spanish system, which is where I went on to gain my RPT Europe coaching qualification.

Since 2009 I've been a Bucks County Coach/Captain firstly with the 9u and 10u age groups, and since 2017 the 10u girls and 12u girls. This has given me the pleasure of working with some of the county’s best ever juniors who have helped give Bucks county team honours before they’ve moved on to play in Tennis Europe and junior ITF events.

Now with nearly 20 years coaching experience under my belt, and having learned from and worked with some of the most respected coaches in the UK, it’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to work alongside such a successful Everyball team at Halton – a club and centre I’ve known so well down the years since my junior days.

Lee Nixon
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Lee moved to Buckinghamshire from the North East in 2018. Having played since the age of 6, he played County Tennis for County Durham as a junior and played 1st team tennis whilst at Teesside University. After graduating he also captained his club’s 1st team at David Lloyd Teesside.

As a coach, he enjoys coaching players of any playing standard to help them grow and develop into the best tennis player they can be. He aims to make each session informative and fun as well as matching the session to the needs of the player.

Lee encourages each of his players to start to compete and play the game. During his time as a coach he has coached junior players of county and regional level, helping his players reach and win 8/u, 9/u & 10/u county closed competitions. Most recently he has been made the Bucks 10/u Boys county captain.

Josh Greenway
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I first started playing tennis when I was 5 and I loved it. I always wanted to be on court and this led me to eventually playing tennis 4 times a week! I got into my first county squad in my last year of red ball and then for the next couple of years I managed to stay dedicated and worked my way into the 10u county team, coached by our very own Tom Edis (feeling older Tom?)

I then took a few years off from tennis in my teens due to persistent bouts of Glandular fever and when I was fully recovered I started to play tennis again and also began to be an assistant coach.

Now at 18 I am starting my new role as Club Coach at Halton, and I can't wait to grow as a player/coach and work with all ages from tots to rusties and help others to enjoy tennis as much as I do.

Matt Lee

Matt Lee

Club Coach

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I first started playing tennis when I was 4 years old and have loved it ever since. I think the best part of playing as a junior was County Cup and playing as part of a team and I ended my junior career ranked 19 in GB at 18&U. I have continued to represent Shropshire in their men’s team for the past 10 years and have faced the likes of Roy Knight on a few occasions!

I began coaching when I was 19 at a club in Portugal and then came back to the UK to coach in Shropshire at Ellesmere College. The programme grew quickly, and I spent 6 years coaching all levels of juniors and I became Head of Performance in this, my final year, working with County, National and Junior ITF level players. I have also been working with Tennis Shropshire for 4 years, captaining the U18 boys and the U11/U12 boys which I thoroughly enjoy.

I am currently undertaking my LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach qualification and am finding it a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to be part of the Everyball Team at Halton and can’t wait to start working with everyone in the programme and at the club. I very much look forward to meeting you soon!

Deyan ‘Dido’ Stankov
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Dido (pronounced ‘Dee-do’) is our Sunday coach at Halton. Friendly and approachable and with over 20 years of coaching experience in three different countries. He is extensively qualified as LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach as well as Maestro Nazionale by the Italian Tennis Federation and National Master Coach by the Bulgarian Tennis Federation. Dido started off as a professional player winning Bulgaria’s Men State Championship and developed into a dedicated coach working with both high-performance players, currently competing in WTA tour as well as eager children and passionate adults, looking to improve their skills and technique or just to have some fun on the court! Dido is passionate about developing talented competitors through an insightful combination of tactical, technical and psychological preparation as well as supporting adults with elevating their game through improvements in technique, skills and fitness.

Dido is available on Sundays for individual and group coaching for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

"Every coach has a smile on their face and always has time for encouraging words with every player. A very positive environment."

— Richard, parent

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Having moved from another club it has been very noticeable just what a friendly, positive and professional Club Halton is.

— Richard, member