NBK Tennis Academy

Qualifications

2014 Academia Sanchez Casal. European Registry of Tennis Professionals. Level 5. Barcelona, Spain.

2011 Diploma in Leadership Development. The Grove Practice, Regents Park, London. UK.

1995 - 1999 2:1 B.Ed. Honours in Physical Education & Art. 4 years full time. DMU Bedford, London, UK.

1997 LTA Club Coach Award. Level 4. Welling Garden City, London, UK.

1994 LTA Elementary Coach Award. Level 3. Telford, West Midlands, UK.

Experiences & Mentors

2014 Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy Tutor training. Lead by Daniel Sorribas and mentored by Sergio Casal & Pato Alvarez. Wimbledon champions; Andy Murray and Garbine Muguruza were both taught by Sergio and Pato.

2009 - 2017 Tennis Professional at Notting Hill Harbour Club & Chelsea Harbour Club, London, UK. Two of the most exclusive tennis clubs in the UK. Coached 2-year olds up to 80-year olds. Global business people and the upper-class society including several princesses and princesses globally. Prepared two juniors over a 5-year period in 4 countries to compete on the European Tour.

2009 Director of Tennis, Paddington Recreation Ground, London. Ran a team of 12 coaches and a program that worked on 12 courts at Paddington plus 8 out-reach schools. Summer and Easter camps of up to 100 kids per day.

2007 - 2012 9 months in the Osho Ashram, Puna, India working with the Osho mediations and living and working in community. I coached tennis coaches to coach at the Ashram and studied with the founder of Zennis.

 

2001 - 2006 Dean Close Private School, Cheltenham. UK. Director of Tennis. I also taught Rugby and Hockey. I worked in Dean Close Senior School, Pre-School and Prep-School. Working with 3 – 18-year olds. (Won multiple county, regional, and reached national level.  Came 3rd in the Boys under 16s National Finals).

2000 - 2007 Founder and Managing Director of NKY Tennis Academy, Cheltenham, UK. Trained over 100 tennis coaches to become tennis coaches in the NKY methodology and worked with over 10,000 students. Worked from 3 different sites.

1999 - 2001 Head of Boys Physical Education. Valentines High School, Gants Hill, London. UK. Introduced Tennis to the GCSE and A Level PE curriculum.

1995 - 1999 De Montfort University, Bedford. 4 Years intensively studying sport and how to deliver it to the highest level. Dr. Margret Whitehead Ph.D. (head of faculty, De Montfort University, Bedford), was my mentor, she taught me something that stayed with me my whole teaching life. Before you can teach the second part the first part must be learned first. Teach one thing at a time properly, lay solid foundations the rest will follow in good time.

1995 - 1999 Head Tennis Coach at Wollaston Lawn Tennis Club, Wollaston, West Midlands. UK.

1993 -1996 Director of Tennis. St Bede’s International Summer School. Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex. UK. Lived in and worked as director of the Tennis Program for three summers. Working with over 50 nationalities and children from privileged backgrounds including princes and princesses.

1992 - 1993 Two summers working full time as a Bunk Counsellor and Tennis Coach at Trails End Camp, Pennsylvania, USA. This started my teaching career where I met Graeme Moore still to this day one of the most influential people in my life and teaching career.

1999 Private 1 - to - 1 Tennis Coaching. Ibiza, Spain for 6 months. I decided I would move to Ibiza and teach tennis for a season. I found three tennis courts attached to hotels and the rest followed. I met some amazing people and felt so welcomed.

1989 - 1991 Head Coach at Quarry Bank Lawn Tennis Club, West Midlands. UK. Singles Club Champion. 1990 and 1991. The club I learnt at. Still running today as a family club for all levels of players.

Testimonials

Lady Lucy Morris & Nick Morris. 2000 - 2007

“Neil came to our home over a 5-year period and worked with our whole family and friends. He was an amazing coach and we became good friends! We recommend him without reservation.” 

 

Nick Bollattieri. Founder and Director of Nick Bollattieri Tennis Academies world-wide. 2017

“Great work Neil you have been doing with the boys... keep up the good work.” This was in reference to me working with two boys who I coached 12 hours per week and he would come to my club to coach a very rich Russian man and we would often be coaching on the courts next to each other. We would talk tennis and he would come over, compliment my work and the boys playing standard. Probably one of the most influential coaches still alive.

 

Chris and Vas Asprou. 2000 - 2007

“Neil coached our two girls and son over 6 years on a weekly basis at our home and at East Glos Tennis Club. His dedication and focus was secondary to none. We very much appreciated his depth of understanding and work he did with our children as a tennis pro.” 

 

Tim Hastie-Smith - Dean Close Cheltenham, Headmaster. 2000 - 2007.

“Neil worked at our school in two capacities, he ran a very successful tennis academy called NKY Tennis Academy that all three of my children attended over 7 years which they loved. He was also the director of Tennis in the Pre-prep, Prep and Senior school, overseeing all of the tennis programmes throughout the year. He radically changed the structure of coaching which stratosphered the development of tennis at Dean Close to National Level. The years Neil was at Dean Close were the most successful in the history of Dean Close tennis. His ability to lead and get the best out of people is without question. I recommend him unreservedly.”