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Tennis @ YMCA Hawker

At YMCA Hawker we offer professional tennis coaching for players of all levels. We have 3 outdoor floodlit hard courts, and a thriving junior tennis programme including lessons for all ages/standards, weekly matchplays, squads, and junior teams who compete in local competitions.

We also cater for adults, with beginner/improver sessions, squads, coffee mornings, and club nights.

Subject to availability, our courts are also available for public hire for £5 per hour (£3 for juniors).


To book or for more information, please ask at Reception, call 020 8296 9747 or email

Junior Tennis Programme

Tennis is a fun and effective form of exercise for children, developing co-ordination, flexibility, strategy and (when playing doubles) teamwork. At YMCA Hawker we offer classes for all ages whether they play for fun or want to progress in the sport.

Our tennis classes focus on the basic technique of the main tennis shots including forehands, backhands, serve and volley. This builds up to rallying and learning how to play matches for the older children. Lessons are taught in a relaxed environment and incorporate fun games, as well as prizes for all children at the end of each term.

Keen juniors can build their skills with Match Play sessions and players who show potential may be invited to join the Junior Squads. YMCA Hawker is also home to the Hawker Jets, our Junior teams that compete in local competitions.

To find out which class will suit your child, click here.

You will find the current Junior Tennis Timetable here.

Adult Tennis

Tennis Coach Trevor Hughesman teaches group lessons for adult beginners and improvers on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings, as well as a Ladies Morning on Thursday. Both run as 5 week courses each side of half-term. See the timetable here.

The beginners group is perfect for players new to tennis; you’ll learn all the basic shots and start to play games.

The improvers course is for rusty and inexperience players, who want to improve their technique on the basic shots and develop their game play.

The Ladies Tennis group is an instructional, social and fun morning tennis session, with coaching and game play for club level players and those looking to improve.

Tennis Coaches at YMCA Hawker

Nick Wheatley is an LTA Licensed Performance Coach. He first took up coaching in 1995, and has been working at YMCA Hawker since 2003. He loves the challenge of teaching tennis, and the rewards of seeing his pupils improve and succeed. As a result, he continually seeks to further his understanding of the game, and to ensure that he is adopting the most up-to-date and effective methods of teaching it.

Nick heads up all junior tennis coaching, junior squads and junior competitions at YMCA Hawker.

Trevor Hughesman is an LTA Licensed Tennis Professional (level 4). He has been teaching tennis since he left university and played both for his university and his county. He has over twenty years experience as a tennis coach.

Trevor runs the adult tennis program at YMCA Hawker.

Jeremy Westcott had his first experience of coaching in 2010, since then he has got his LTA level 2 and PTR qualification. He is LTA registered and PTR licensed.

Jeremy coaches all age groups from 4 years to adults, specialising in mini tennis.