A large percentage of pupils at Amesbury play tennis. Through Amesbury Tennis Academy (ATA) we offer children from beginner to national level the opportunity to learn tennis from committed, knowledgeable and driven professional tennis coaches.
Tennis is a life sport, played by both males and females of all ages. Children as young as 2 years of age enjoy the tennis facilities at Amesbury. At this young age learning basic tennis skills not only encourages a healthy lifestyle but also helps children to develop visibly stronger hand/eye coordination. This in turn assists them with writing skills within the classroom. Moving up the school, by having such a wealth of knoweldge and experience, ATA have nurtured serveral talented tennis pupils to county and professional level, an achievement we are always very proud of.
At ATA we offer the complete beginner, and the player that perhaps is a little nervous of contact sport, the perfect balance between competitive/social and simply just good exercise without the rough and tumble. We also enable the players who want to stretch themselves into competitive tournaments, or to represent the school/club/county/country, the opportunity to do so within a fully supportive and knowledgable environment.
Full time Head Professional Andy Warry leads the programme supported by a team of five coaches based at Amesbury. All coaches are DBS checked and have LTA/PTR/RPT qualifications.
Meet the team
HEAD PRO: ANDY WARRY
Andy Warry is a Master Performance Coach (MPC) having started his coaching career after playing tennis in the Hampshire South East Regional squad and at County level.
Heading up the tennis programme at The Bourne Club in Farnham, he started the tennis programme at Amesbury over 15 years ago coaching all age groups and abilities. He relishes teaching a player from as young as 2 years old until they are competing on the tournament circuit.
Andy coaches numerous county and national tennis players including Rachel Morris, the double gold medallist Para-Olympian, and regularly works with the Disability Tennis Programme.
After leaving school Mark studied tennis coaching at The Stonebridge Academy in Epsom and Spain to learn the successful Stonebridge Skeleton teaching system. He is now a LTA Performance Coach and has been teaching tennis full time for the past year. Mark teaches all ages, from Nursery to adults, from beginners to national standard.
Alfie has worked at both GTA and at The Bourne Club in Farnham. He has played tennis for Surrey and is pasionate about inspiring players to love the game as much as he does. Alfie is Level 3 LTA.
Claire gained a scholarship to the University of Indiana and has played tennis at county level for Yorkshire. She has previously worked at Wentworth, Sutton Junior Tennis Academy and Women’s head coach at The University of Arizona. Claire plays for The Bourne Club’s first team and is passionate about building the next Johanna Konta.
Kay is a PTR and LTA qualified coach and has been trained by Judy Murray on the Girls Tennis Course.
She plays for the first team Tennis for ladies and mixed teams at The Bourne Club and represents the County and Country at Badminton, which Kay is also fully trained to coach.
She previously worked at The Royal School and Priorsfield and worked closely with Andy Warry at The Bourne Club for the last 15 years, coaching groups and individuals. Claire enjoys the challenge of coaching all standards and abilities and is especially keen to promote the game to more girls.
Tennis lessons are available from Nursery through to Year 8.
Group, individual and shared lessons are available throughout the year. Group lessons run in school time, after school and at the weekends. Private lessons are available on a 1:1, 2 or 3 sharing basis and are scheduled around each pupil’s timetable to fit in with their school day.
Groups are split depending on a player’s standard. For performance players i.e. high club players through to national standard, there is a performance programme designed to help each player reach his/her full potential.
Tennis Leaders LTA Courses run for Year 8 in their last term at school,; this is optional but gives them a solid understanding and is the first step of a Tennis Qualification.
Run by Andy Warry, Head Pro and his team of coaches on the following dates and times. Sessions will be tennis based and will include specific tennis fitness and multi-sport cross training.
For further information and to book a place please contact Andy Warry.
Matches and Competitive Play
All children having lessons take part in the Amesbury Singles and Doubles Championships. The finals are held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
In the Trinity Term teams are entered into the LTA’s Surrey Schools League and other LTA tennis festivals.
Players are also given advice and encouraged to play LTA Rating tournaments. LTA Tournaments will be arranged where possible for the players to gain tournament experience at the weekends and during the holidays.
group and family tennis
Group lessons for parents, family tournaments and supervised free play practice sessions are available.
For further details about Amesbury’s tennis programme please contact Andy Warry.