Island Bay Tennis Coaching operates at the Club and is run by Dave Knight and his coaches, Paul, Alice and Lucy.


Junior Programme
Group Lessons (Term Commitment required) - $15 per session run by the coach (invoiced at term's end based on sessions we run e.g. 8 sessions run = $120 for the term).
Academy Lessons (for tournament level players) - Please enquire.
Private Lessons with a Development Coach (up to 2 on 1)- $25/20 mins (under 6 only), $35/30 mins, $50/45 mins, $65/60 mins.
Private Lessons with Head Coach (limited availability) - $40/30 mins, $60/45 mins, $75/60 mins.

Junior Coaching sessions are for Club Members only.  

For 5 and 6 year olds new to tennis we can offer the option of Junior Coaching without club membership for up to one term. This allows young kids a chance to give tennis a go without the commitment of club membership. This does not include access to courts outside of coaching sessions or to junior club day on Fridays. This club day is a great way to complement lessons in a more fun and casual environment at no extra cost to members. 

Junior Club Days: An extra hit which is free for members. 

Non-interclub players 4 – 4.45pm Fridays

Interclub players 4.45 – 5.30pm Fridays.

Adult Programme
Rusty Rackets and Active Programme- $120 for the term. 
Casual Adult Classes- $20 per session if space is available.

Real Rusty/Beginner, Mondays 6.00 - 7.00pm (instruction based)

Rusty Rally Monday 7.00 - 8.00pm (Rally and drills based

Active, Thursday night  6.15 - 7.15pm followed by Club Night till 8pm (2 courts available for Club Night from 6pm to 7.15pm)

Private Lessons with a Development Coach (up to 2 on 1)- $35/30 mins, $50/45 mins, $65/60 mins.
Private Lessons with Head Coach (limited availability) - $40/30 mins, $60/45 mins, $75/60 mins.

Cancellations will be made via the Club twitter feed at least 45 minutes prior to a session beginning. Otherwise presume on.

Coaching Account 01-0505-0930318-00  (with player name as REF).


The Coaching Team

Dave Knight

Dave took over as Head Coach at Island Bay in 2014 after completing an LLB/BA and being the Head Coach at Thorndon previously. Dave is TNZ and ATPCA qualified and has had the honour of working with a number of NZ reps and title holders. Coaching for Dave is player-centred in terms of building a good environment for their wants/needs so player progression/engagement can be immensely satisfying regardless of their level/ability. 

Henri Lyons

Henri is the highest graded male player at the Club and is just about to embark on university study alongside coaching. His style is definitely "cool" but his willingness to engage with a junior player and get them more interested in tennis has been commented on consistently. He has completed his TNZ Assistant Coaching Course and is currently playing number 1 in Premier 1 interclub.

Alice Bolton

Alice (like Henri) is part of a big proud Island Bay Tennis Family and can be described as a really caring individual who will go out of her way to ensure those around her are happy/enjoying themselves - including those she coaches. She is a current national mixed doubles champion for her age and is the Manager of her Premier 1 Interclub Team.


 We put some questions to our coaches so you can get to know them better

  1.  Why did you start playing tennis? 
  2. What's your favourite shot?
  3. What's your biggest achievement in tennis?
  4. What do you enjoy about coaching?
  5. What's your favourite food?
  6. What are your other hobbies?
  7. Give us an unusual fact about yourself?!


  1. I found cricket a little slow so wanted to try something else.
  2. Any that goes in!
  3. I've really enjoyed watching players across many levels improve but I hope my biggest achievement (as a coach) is yet to come!
  4. Getting to know someone and being trusted to help them work towards their goals.
  5. Souvlaki's! 
  6. Guitar, reading and winning bets against people who dare doubt the Crusaders.
  7. I've been knocked out playing table tennis.


  1. I played because my dad was a good tennis player when he was younger and introduced me to the game
  2. My Favourite shot is probably my backhand.
  3. My best achievement in tennis was making the final of school nationals and playing on Sky TV
  4. I enjoy teaching others something I enjoy for myself.
  5. My favourite food is ribs.
  6. My other hobbies are playing different sports such as rugby and tap dancing.
  7. I am not related to Cam.


  1. I started playing tennis because my whole family plays. My brother was the first to start out of me and my siblings, and I guess I just followed their footsteps and found a love for the sport. 
  2. My favourite type of shot is a volley. I love being able to have control of the ball and being able to place it. 
  3. I have a mixed doubles national title
  4. I love working with kids and being able to teach them the sport I love. I also love seeing them learn new things and getting challenged whilst smiling and having a laugh because that’s what my coaches have taught me.
  5. Chocolate and Lasagne
  6. I love netball, I love playing in social teams with my friends like basketball and I love just in general hangout with friends. 
  7. Both my siblings are overseas in America on tennis scholarships. My sister is in California and my brother in Tennessee.