Coaching Blog

Posted 9th October 2017



Friday Night Competition:

Well done to Amaury Harnais who won his first ever mini red 8&U competition on Friday night by 1 point!  6 juniors took part in a fantastic night of tennis.  The standard was out of this world!  I hope you like the photo.  This Friday 13th October 4.30-6.30pm is our mini orange 9&U and mini green 10&U competition night for all junior members.  £8 to enter with food and drinks available on the night.  Please book in with me asap to avoid missing out, as spaces are limited.




Tennis News from Around the World (Written by Emre Saridogan):

Race To London Intensifies

Despite losing to Rafael Nadal in the ATP 500 Series Final in Beijing, Nick Kyrgios has this week marked himself down as a serious contender to play at the O2 Arena in London this year, as his exploits move him up to 15th in a race where 8 can qualify. However Djokovic, Wawrinka and Murray will not be playing at London, as Murray’s season looks all but over, and Djokovic and Wawrinka having confirmed their absence, Kyrgios is effectively 12th in the race. He is 600 points behind Carreno Busta, who is in the 8th qualifying spot (9th in race), but the Spaniard appears to be in poor form having lost to Steve Darcis in Round One of Beijing, a player who Kyrgios beat without the loss of a game. With Kyrgios seemingly having a routine path to Round 3, he is likely to pick up more points in Shanghai, a Masters 1000, and is right up there in a race he looked out of after his early exit in New York.

Kyrgios was beaten 6-2 6-1 by a supremely good Rafael Nadal, but things could have been extremely different. Kyrgios had break point at 0-0, and hit a backhand which Nadal had only just put back into to play, and Kyrgios subsequently hit a winner that Nadal would never have reached, but Kyrgios’ backhand was called out by a line judge. Kyrgios challenged and the ball had clipped the line, much to the Aussie’s frustration. Having not apparently sworn or made any gesture, Kyrgios was then given a bizarre code violation on the same point. The Aussie never got this out of his head, and lost the match because of it. However, the spotlight mustn’t be taken from Nadal, who played some electrifying tennis on a court that was seemingly ‘too fast’ for his game style.

Elsewhere, David Goffin was the other piece in heating up the Race to London, winning the other 500 event in Tokyo, beating Adrien Mannarino in the final with a score line of 6-3 7-5. This actually put Goffin into the 7th qualifying spot (8th in race) after he had also picked up a title in Shenzhen last week. However it is likely that the Belgian will be tired having played 9 matches in 2 weeks, and will do well to pick up points in Shanghai, leaving the likes of Kyrgios, Querrey, Anderson and Berdych anxious to capitalise on this.

We know that Nadal, Federer and Zverev will play in London, but who will join them?



October Half Term Coaching Camps:


The half term coaching camp programme has been published and is displayed inside the clubhouse. Thanks to those parents who have booked in already. If you haven't done so yet, please do so asap as spaces are filling up fast!


Many thanks,

Head Coach

Phil Layfield



Coaching staff

Phil layfield, Head CoachPhil Layfield, Kent Coach of the Year 2009 and Aegon Coach of the Month for April 2014.  Phil is an LTA qualified and licensed Level 3 coach who has been running the coaching programme at the club since 2007.  Phil is first aid trained and DBS checked.  Phil is in charge of developing the junior and adult players, from beginner to team player, as well as developing links with local schools.  Phil is the competition organiser for the junior competitions held on Friday evenings and runs the adult Tennis Xpress session on Thursday evenings, as well as the ladies coaching on Friday mornings alongside Luke House.  Phil is the junior competition organiser for all our junior teams (8&U - 18&U) and works with an excellent group of parents who help run the teams throughout the summer and winter months.  Phil has a fantastic team of coaches to help provide group and individual lessons as well as social events, including our monthly adult American Tournaments.  Phil is also available for junior and adult individual coaching (please see prices below).  Phil also captains the men’s 1st team in Kent and regularly plays in the doubles leagues. For further information about coaching at the club, please email: or call 07815 927767


Phil layfield, Head CoachLuke House, is an LTA qualified and licensed Level 4 coach.  Luke is first aid trained and DBS checked.  Luke started at the club as an aspiring junior player and has progressed through the coaching qualifications to become an integral part of the coaching team, working with our junior players from 3 to 18 years old.  Luke runs the adult team standard coaching on Monday evenings, the adult coaching on Thursday evenings, the adult cardio tennis session on Saturday mornings, as well as the ladies coaching on Friday mornings alongside Phil Layfield.  Luke is coaching in several primary schools within the local area strengthening links with the club.  Luke is also the competition organiser for our monthly adult American Tournaments.  Luke is available for junior and adult individual coaching (please see prices below).  Luke captains the men's 1st team in North Kent and the men's 1st team in the Aegon leagues, regularly playing in the singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles leagues.  Furthermore, Luke organises all our NK Cup teams.


The coaching team

Level 3 and 4 Coaches, first aid trained and DBS checked

Dan House (3)  
Martin Shishkov (3)  
James Maloney (3)  
Dave Harrild (4)  


Level 2 Coaches, first aid trained and DBS checked

Adam Guildford  
Matt Snow  
Ron Cooper  
Jon Pitchford  
Ozan Saridogan  
Jane Zinopoulos  


Level 1 Coaches, first aid trained and DBS checked:


Emma Abbate  
Max Saunders  
Cameron Beresford-Allan  
Leo Phillips-Jacovides  
Olivia Brent  
Jacob Million  


Level 1 Coach, fully trained referee:

Emre Saridogan  


All the above have been mentored and observed by the Head Coach and volunteered a certain amount of coaching hours, dependent on the course being completed. The club also encourages any juniors to complete coaching awards.


Please may all parents remember that they are responsible for the care of their children who are not in lessons at the club.  Obviously the coaching team will take care of any children during the sessions, but will not be responsible for any siblings left on site.

Many thanks.

The Directors


Coaching fees

Individual lessons for members and non-members are currently available throughout the year from Head Coach Phil Layfield, Luke House and the coaching team.


Please note there is a discount on tennis lessons if your child attends two lessons or more a week, or if you have 2 or more children on the coaching programme. Family discount as follows:

2 lessons a week or 2 children once a week receives a £5 discount each half term;
3 lessons a week or 3 children once a week receives a £10 discount each half term;
4 lessons a week or 4 children once a week receives a £15 discount each half term.


Charges for members and day members:
£25 per hour for adults and £20 per hour for juniors (5-18 year olds). Please note there will be an extra £5 charge for adult day members and an extra £2 charge for junior day members, who must sign the visitor book.
30 minute lessons are also available.  Please contact Head Coach Phil Layfield to discuss more.

'Buddy Hitting' is also available with all Level 2 coaches, including Ozan Saridogan (juniors only), Ron Cooper, Matt Snow and Jon Pitchford. Cost is £15 per hour for adults and juniors.
Throughout the winter months an extra £5 per hour will be charged for the use of the floodlights.

For information about membership email the Club Secretary. For information about coaching email the Head Coach