NBK Tennis Academy

"An integrated, holistic approach to learning the beautiful game"

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

2009 - 2017 Tennis Professional at Notting Hill Harbour Club & Chelsea Harbour Club, London, UK. Two of the most exclusive indoor tennis centres in the UK/Europe. Coached global business people and the upper-class society including princes & princesses. Prepared two juniors over a 5-year period in 4 countries to compete on the European Tour. Ran weekly groups at all levels for Mini Red, Orange and Green Levels as well as Junior performance squads and a mens performance squad. I set up and oversaw the weekly social tennis program which became a huge success at Notting Hill Harbour Club.

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 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, Hockey, A Level and GCSE PE. 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, Dean Close School, Balcarras School and Cleeve School all in Cheltenham.

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. Built a tennis program from scratch that ended up having 180 regular playing junior members.

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 my mentor and manger at the camp, 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. This is the club I learnt to play tennis at. Still running today as a family club for all levels of players.

Testimonials

“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 9 hours per week at Notting Hill Harbour Club in London. Nick would come to our club to coach a very rich Russian man. We would be coaching on the courts next to each other. He would come over after his session was finished, compliment my work and the boys playing standard. Probably one of the most influential tennis coaches still alive on the planet.

Nick Bollattieri. Founder and Director of Nick Bollattieri Tennis Academies World-Wide. September 2017.

 

“Neil worked with our whole family and friends in London and Italy for seven years. It was amazing to work with Neil in his thoroughly professional capacity as a tennis professional and his unique yoga classes which were so much fun and deeply connecting.” 

Jacqui Lane & Huw Jenkins, BTG Pactual Investments. London & Italy. From New Zealand  & Wales. 2010 - 2017. August 2017.

 

"Neil worked with our 30+ family members and friends for five years in Italy, Spain, Kenya & London. Our two boys worked with him nine hours per week, focusing on the specifics their bodies needed through his yoga teaching supporting their tennis journey. We recommend Neil without reservation."

Paul Timlin & Shiro Muchiri, CFA, Stone Harbour. London, Italy, Barcelona, & Kenya. From Scotland & Kenya. 2012 - 2017. July 2017.

 

“I worked with Neil for four years twice a week with his meditation and yoga classes and three times per week privately and in a group with his tennis teaching in London. Both processes had amazing results. His yoga classes had such a positive impact on my body and mind it changed me unquestionably for the better!” 

Johanna Gehl, House Wife. Hampstead Heath, London. 2013 - 2017. June 2017.

 

"I worked with Neil as a tennis professional in London for 5 years on a weekly basis. Apart from his excellent tennis coaching and knowledge, he also helped me implement strategic change in my Loaf.com business setting up a co-coaching program amongst my staff. He also supported me to manage my mind better while feeling under a great deal of pressure with work and having a busy family life in London. He helped me a lot with managing my frustration and being taken on a roller coaster by my emotions.”

Charlie Marshal, Founder, loaf.com London. 2012 - 2017. August 2017.

 

“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.” 

Lady Lucy Morris & Nick Morris. 2002 - 2007. June 2017.

 

“Neil coached our two girls and son over 6 years on a weekly basis at our home and at East Glos Tennis Club, Cheltenham. 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.” 

Chris and Vas Asprou. 2001 - 2007. September 2017.

 

“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.” 

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