Meet the Coaches

All of our Tennis Tigers Coaches hold an enhanced child workforce DBS and first aid certificates and are fully trained in current child safeguarding procedures.

Vanessa Nickerson, Owner of Tennis Tigers

Vanessa is a competitive tennis player in both singles and doubles who loves playing and watching the game. Vanessa trained with the RPT – Registro Profesional De Tenis.  She is now a temporarily retired tennis coach, running Tennis Tigers from behind the scenes, in order to spend valuable time with her little boy. 

I feel so lucky to have combined business with a great passion. I love to see children & adults getting out there and having a great time on court. Tennis is a game for everyone and once you learn a few basics, it’s for life.” 

Dan Travis Msc, Head Coach & Founder of Tennis Tigers.  Co- Founder of  The Art of Winning.

“I collect and analyse Data from tennis matches. From ATP tour to club player. Based on this Data, I create and deliver tennis programmes for people who want to become better competitors.”

Dan is the creator of The Art of Winning along with his colleague Styrling Strother. The Art of Winning is dedicated to helping tennis players become better, more confident competitors and to raise their win rate by 100%. The Art of Winning delivers this objective with online and on-court programmes. The Art of Winning extends around the world with courses in the US, UK, China and Australia. Our programmes are designed specifically for competitive players, parents and coaches. 

Dan is internationally recognised, however his passion and expertise still remains in teaching both adult and children beginners here in Preston Park. Dan will get you playing a game of tennis within the first lesson.

From £45.00 per hour

Jeff Taylor – Head of Children’s Coaching – RPT Mark of a Pro – LTA Level 3

Jeff is Head of Children’s Tennis and specialises in matchplay and the Spanish drills system. Jeff is an avid tennis player himself who still competes. Jeff has a great wealth of experience in beginners to county champions.


£40.00 per hour

Jake Taylor –  RPT Mark of a Pro – LTA Level 3

Tennis is Jake’s passion. He competes in tournaments in Sussex and has won the Withdean and Preston LTC junior tournaments.  Jake gained a wealth of experience training young aspiring coaches out in Lebrija, Spain as part of an Erasmus sports project. Jake’s expertise is in teaching young and older teenagers to play and compete.

£35.00 per hour

Io Kaloudi – Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1

Io is originally from Greece. She has been playing tennis since the age of 6. She went on to play and continues to compete in both national and regional tournaments.

Io has always had a deep passion and enthusiasm for sport and physical training. Alongside tennis, she has tried many different sports throughout the years, such as swimming, sailing and windsurfing.

Io gained her experience and love of coaching in Greece at her local tennis club, delivering group and private lessons to young children, teens and adults.

£35.00 per hour

Clare Gravenell – Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1 and ‘She Rallies’ 

Clare has been teaching children and adults of all ages and abilities since 2018. She has a background in Athletics and was a County Champion, her the insight into training and competing at a high level enables her to bring the best out of others. Clare has a great passion for tennis and is LTA qualified with She Rallies training. She enjoys teaching in a fun and creative way, focusing on building confidence through encouragement and support to learning techniques and tactics.

She believes tennis is a beautiful game that is exciting, dynamic, graceful, full of skills and tactics, all of which she endeavours to pass on others through coaching.

£30.00 per hour

Charlotte Prior – Children’s Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1

Charlotte is a key part of the Tennis Tigers coaching programme and specialises in teaching young children. Charlotte is a competitive player and has a huge passion and ethusiasm for teaching tennis.

£30.00 per hour

Kirsty Gallagher  –  Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1

Kirsty is a competetive player who has a great passion for tennis and teaching young children.

Ollie Crickmay –  Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1

Ollie is a passionate coach who enjoys delivering fun and engaging lessons to children of all ages. Originally from Essex, Ollie now plays for the Sussex University men’s 1st team.

£30.00 per hour

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Ben Sandeman  Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1

Ben is a competitive tennis player who grew up playing in Sussex and now also enjoys helping others get into the sport. Alongside tennis, Ben performs in theatre and acting jobs.
He has lots of experience working with kids, and has taught county level players. Ben is enthusiastic about making tennis fun and accessible at every level.

Michael Broner –Tennis Coach – LTA Level 2

Michael is a competitive player who has participated in the sport since he was 10 years old. Originally from Hertfordshire, he has played in regional, national, and international tournaments; he has also represented Herts on several occasions in the national county cup. He is currently an undergraduate at the University of Sussex and plays for and captains the 1st team.

Michael has been coaching since 2018, delivering hitting sessions for county level teens and adult as well as leading group sessions for young children.

£30.00 per hour