Adult coaching

There are plenty of opportunities for you to improve your game whatever your level. From group coaching focusing on shot development or tactical play to individual lessons, our coaches will help you be the best you can be. See below for information on our Adult Coaching Sessions, individual booking slots and our coaches.

Our coaches aim to improve your game. Our adult pathway will help guide your progress as you develop.


Adult performance

Men’s teams 1-2 and selected HPT junior.


Adult advanced

Men’s teams 3-5, Ladies teams 1-2, Ladders 1-5.


Adult intermediate

Men’s team 6, Ladies teams 3-6, Ladders 6-10.


Adult improvers

Players who are not beginners but still wish to improve their game.
Players can serve with consistency and rally over 10 shots.


Adult beginners

Players who are new to the sport or have received very little coaching. Ladders 11+

Junior Coaching

At Highgate we introduce children to tennis through mini tennis. Children can sample these sessions in holiday camps or attend an after school course. For advanced juniors who are playing competitions and want to train regularly we have an invitational performance programme. For more information and to book courses see Juniors

Adult Coaching Sessions

Highgate has Adult Coaching Sessions throughout the week, from beginner to advanced levels, focusing on all aspects of the game from shot selection, and cardio fitness to doubles tactics and finishing the point.

To join sign-up in the club house anytime for any week. You can also turn up for a session on the off chance that there is a space. It is unlikely any session will be completely full but you never know!

See Adult coaching sessions

Book an adult course

Our Coaches

Highgate has some of the best coaches in the game, specialising in all areas.  They all have slots (link to bookable coaching slots document – attached) that can be booked directly by calling or emailing them.

Coaches contact details are in the members contact list. If you are new to coaching at Highgate and/or want other information on coaching please contact  the coaching team.

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Steve Shea

Director of Tennis

  • Level 5 coach, LTA Performance Coach
  • Over 20 years of coaching experience and happy to coach all levels of tennis.
  • Experienced in coaching and travelling abroad with international junior players and past players include national champion and numerous county champions
  • Herts 14&U captain since 2004.
  • BA(HONS) Sport Science and Biology

Available for: Adult Individual Group Sessions and Junior Individual Sessions

Class typeMemberNon-member
Shared (2)£42£46
Group (3-4)£48N/A

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Toby Freedman

LTA Performance Coach

  • Specialises in- Advanced Technical Performance
  • Highly skilled development coach with a keen eye for the technical limitations/strengths within a player’s game
  • Worked with some of the best young talent in the country
  • Players 5-14 and adults of all levels

Available for: Adult Individual and Junior HPT Individual Sessions

Class typeMemberNon-member
Shared (2)£40£44
Group (3-4)£44N/A

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Rob Heeney

LTA Level 3 Licensed coach

  • Passionate and enthusiastic with a fun coaching style.
  • Specialises in junior development through from beginner to adult advanced level.
  • Represented the Isle of Man at table tennis both at junior and senior international level.
  • UKRSA certified professional racket stringer.

Available for: Adult Individual Group Sessions and Junior Individual Sessions

Class typeMemberNon-member
Shared (2)£40£44
Group (3-4)£44N/A

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Piotr Narecki

UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • LTA level 3 Tennis Coach
  • Reps level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Graduate of Sports College
  • Greatly passionate about fitness and sport specific physical preparation. My goal is to maximise your performance and minimise the risk of injuries.
  • See Piotrs blog on tennis conditioning

Available for: Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training

Class typeMemberNon-member
Shared (2)£50£54
Group (3-4)N/AN/A

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Joe Lake

  • LTA Level 3 Licensed Tennis Coach
  • 10yrs experience tennis coaching. I focus on the person first and the player second. By adapting my approach I aim to create the optimum environment for each individual to learn.
  • With all players I look at technical, tactical and mindset. Building on these basics with performance players I work more on patterns of play and a psychological approach that I draw on from studying BSc Sports Development and Coaching Sciences.
  • Trained by Prof. Steve Peters author of Chimp Paradox, I also work with performance players including juniors and their parents in 1:1 and workshop sessions as a mindset coach.
  • Recently formed part of the team helping Highgate win Middlesex Tennis Disabilities Programme of the Year 2017 and have experience with members of the Visually Impaired Team GB and other athletes.
  • Passionate about learning and expanding my knowledge base and staying up to date with the latest performance models.
Class typeMemberNon-member
Shared (2)£40£44
Group (3-4)£44N/A

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Sara Hancock

LTA level 3, PTR and RPT National professional

  • Over 20 years international coaching experience.
  • Coaches all levels from junior beginners to senior performance players & specialises in doubles match play.
  • Played junior & senior county level & played collegiate tennis at Kansas State University while studying for a BA in Sports Management.

Available for: Adult Individual and Group Sessions and HPT Junior Individual Sessions.

Class typeMemberNon-member
Shared (2)£40£44
Group (3-4)£46£52-£54

Additional fees where applicable

  1. Non-members fees include a visitor’s coaching fee of £2, (£1 for juniors). Visitors’ should sign the Visitors Book at the bar and pay the visitor’s coaching fee to the bar.
  2. Members have priority over non-members for all coaching slots.
  3. Details of coach availability and court allocations can be found on the bookable court allocation
  4. Floodlight fees may apply to certain sessions – please check with the
Additional floodlight fees
Individual coaching£2
2 players or more£4

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