Coaching is essential for anyone who wants to reach their potential and enjoy the game.  Tennis is not much fun if you have to spend most of your time picking up balls from the back of the court.   Attending a group class for beginners will give a grounding in the basic strokes + rules, and enable players to make quick progress to the stage where they can join in with clubplay sessions.  

Adult beginners coaching classes -  2020

The next 6-week course will start on Mon 28 Sept 2020 at 8-9pm  with Club Coach Alistair Dunn.

Suitable for absolute beginners who have never played, those who may have played years ago, or those who play casually but have never had coaching.

​All equipment supplied - just wear trainers!

In these game based classes, apart from learning all the basic strokes, the rules of tennis, and etiquette (or guidelines for considerate behaviour), you will get plenty of exercise and play some competitive games.  At the end of the course you will be ready to join in our regular clubplay sessions with more experienced players.

​​Course fee for 6 lessons is £25 (or £5 per session if not enrolling for whole course)

Join the club and its FREE - Participants who join the Club will get a full refund on their course fee. 

This is a great way to try out tennis for a very small outlay.   No need to buy expensive equipment as racquets are available on loan - just wear trainers.   Ring/text Alistair on  07801-374444 to register your interest and reserve a place.

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Improvers Group - with Coach Ben Cozens on Monday evenings at 8-9pm

This coaching group is ideal for players who have completed the Beginners course and want to continue their teennis learning experience.  Also suitable for returning players to sharpen up their game. £5 per session



Sharpen up your game for competition  - Cardio tennis and  advanced drills group

Regular coaching class for Improvers/Intermedate Club Players.  Improve your game with Coach Ben Cozens on  Fridays from 8 - 9.30pm

This course is for regular players who want to advance their playing standard and improve their confidence on court. The drills and specialised games are aimed at improving consistency, serving, volleys and doubles strategy and will prepare you for playing competitive tennis.  Just turn up and join in ..... Fee £7.50 per session (including Cardio session)

​​Individual 1-2-1 coaching lessons

This is the most effective way to improve your game though you will also have to practice between lessons to get the most from them.  

Coach Ben Cozens offers private lessons to all grades from junior red-ball beginners to intermediate league-standard players.  The fee for an individual lesson is £20 for 1 hour (£25 for non-members)  To contact Ben ring/text 07523-219081  


Coaching team

Director of coaching Alistair Dunn became a PTR Associate Instructor in 2011 and a Tennis Ireland Level 1 coach in 2014.  Alistair's main role is coaching the adult beginners class to introduce players to tennis and give them a sound foundation on which to build up their game. (Contact Alistair for advice on getting started in tennis 07801-374444)

Ben Cozens, is an expereinced tennis player who recently qualified as a PTR tennis coach and will be in charge of our  Monday evening junior groups as well as the Adult Improvers group.  Ben is available for private lessons through the week (phone/text 07523-219081)

Josh Bunting has been playing at Cloughey since 2008 when the club started and he was just 6 years old.  He has recently qualified as a PTR coach and is working as a part-time coach assisting Ben and Alistair.  He is also available for 1-2-1 lessons (phone/text 07843-700311)

Christina Hinds who assisted Alistair for several years with the juniors become a qualified PTR coach in 2016.  She is currently taking a break from coaching but we hope to see her back soon.


Approach to junior coaching...


Since the Club was established in 2008, Club Chairman  Alistair Dunn has undertaken the role of Coach for the junior groups (with help from a small band of dedicated vounteers).  Alistair is fully trained in the latest and most progressive 'Play & Stay' approach to coaching juniors, which involves using slow balls, mini-nets and smaller racquets.  Using this system, players are taught to Serve, Rally, and Score from an early stage and the format of the classes enables the children to get more playing tennis and less standing in a queue waiting their turn.   We aim to make junior coaching a fun experience for kids of all standards.