Coaching Team
Established over 10 years ago, this coaching team is one of the most experienced in Europe - and proven to be successful - over the past few years in developing "home-grown" talent from a very young age into international standard juniors.

Despite the scale of our successes, it has all been achieved by an extremely small team. The most experienced coaches always oversee or directly coach our best players - from very young.

All of our Academy coaches either devised the TA methods or are a product of those methods themselves. The coaching "message" therefore (technical, tactical or otherwise) is entirely seamless irrespective of the coach delivering it.

Our players are not exclusively allocated to a given individual coach; they follow a coherent program with input from ALL coaches, with each player being overseen (and planned for) by the Director of Tennis.

As they reach national and international levels they automatically receive more and more individualised attention from the coaches with most experience.

Players and parents particularly choose us when they do not wish to choose between tennis and education; our coaching team has a proven pedigree of delivering genuine excellence in both tennis and academic achievement.


Hareen Wasantha - Director of Tennis
  • Represented England at 18&U level in the Four Nations Championships and two-time Middlesex County 18&U champion;
  • 1987-1989: Member of the LTA School of Excellence that resided and trained at Bisham Abbey (when it used to be the LTA national training centre);
  • Coached Ilge Alpay from mid-County standard at age 14 (rating 7.2) to a WTA world ranking within a period of 5 years;
  • Jointly (with Ilge Alpay) coached every single player to have been developed by Tennis Avenue Academy - including our new Senior Academy Coach Kieran Macarty;
  • BEng(Hons) degree in Computer Engineering from the University of London.

Ilge Alpay - Head Academy Coach
  • Achieved WTA singles world ranking of 746 in 2006. Extensive international experience as a player;
  • Achieved victory over top 500 player, and on the verge of a breakthrough in the rankings prior to being halted by long term injury;
  • Jointly (with Hareen Wasantha) coached every single player to have been developed by Tennis Avenue Academy - including our new Senior Academy Coach Kieran Macarty;
  • Devised the educational blueprint which has so far led to two out of three graduating students being accepted into either Oxford University or Cambridge University;
  • LLB(Hons) degree in Law from the Open University attained while competing full-time.

Kieran Macarty - Senior Academy Coach
  • ATP doubles world ranking of 579 in January 2019;
  • Grew up at Tennis Avenue Academy from the age of 11 and experienced our training philosophy and methods himself as a player;
  • Coach of the England 14&U team at the Four Nations Championships in September 2018;
  • A member of the official Babolat stringing team;
  • BA(Hons) degree in Sports Studies from Stirling University.

Safeguarding
Our No.1 priority is the welfare of children attending our academy. We have comprehensive policies in place for Child Protection & Safeguarding, Behaviour, Anti-Bullying and Whistleblowing. We have staff trained to deal with such issues should they arise.

We are also fully committed to equal opportunities for all, and providing a safe environment in which everybody can enjoy playing tennis. Our Diversity & Inclusion policy ensures that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against in any way.

With regards to our Academy and Elite training programs, there is a strict selection process which is only ever based on standards and attributes required for high performance competition in tennis.

Similarly in selecting staff, our key consideration is the level of experience and competency evidenced for carrying out their duties. In addition, our policies ensure that we always follow best practice in Safer Recruitment.

Margaret Evans - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Margaret is a highly experienced retired headteacher (of a mainstream school) who has undergone Ofsted training and worked as an Education Consultant. As our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) her responsibilities include:
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding at Tennis Avenue Academy;
  • To act as a source of support and expertise for the whole academy with regards to our safeguarding duties;
  • To encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings;
  • To ensure that they, or a deputy, are available during term time school hours for staff to discuss any safeguarding concerns;
  • To ensure that there are adequate and appropriate cover arrangements for any out of hours or out of term activities.

Direct Contact: margaret@tennisavenue.co.uk