Darren holds an International Tennis Federation Level Two qualification of Club Professional Coach. He has been involved with coaching a variety of levels in recent years, from Hotshots Blue Red Orange and Green, Club programs, Adults, Representative Squads, Private sessions.
He has also traveled extensively as a Tour Coach with daughter Caitlin (ITF Junior ranking as at February 2016, #699 in the world). In early years they have spent a lot of time competing in Australia, over our winter time 2014 and 2015, they spent many months training and competing in Europe (competed in eight different countries).
Although there are no group tours planned, Caitlin looks to compete overseas every year. There may be opportunities for the right level player to join Darren and Caitlin while they compete and train overseas. Male or female top level players seeking international experience are welcome to discuss their needs.
2016 Coaching Term One
Small group lessons for juniors are run on Mondays and Wednesdays, at the Counties Tennis Centre in Pukekohe. There are three different levels of groups each training for one hour twice a week. There are also introductory beginner sessions on these days for those who just want to come along once a week for a 45 minute session. On Monday evenings there is an adults group session at the same venue.
On Thursdays, Darren travels to Maraetei for a full afternoon evening shedule of club coaching. Saturdays he runs a Hotshots Junior program at the Manukau Tennis Centre, Manukau. Private sessions can be arranged at $60 per hour, times to be negotiated, private sessions usually run at the Counties Tennis Centre.
Darren can restring your racquet for you, using your own strings or he will be able to find something suitable for you. Top players can break their strings every week, other players may never break any strings. If you are competing and your racquet hasn't been restrung for years, you might consider getting a restring. Please also feel free to discuss racquet choices if you are considering purchasing a new racquet. Darren will be able to help you make a good choice for a new racquet to suit you.
Conditioning and Sport
Darren has offered a variety of programs in schools, at homes, community based, working with clubs or teams, individuals, small or large groups. Services provided have ranged from one off sessions, to regular contact over a period of time. Although Tennis is dominating Darren's time at the moment, any requests for services relating to Basketball, Fitness and Conditioning or Generic Coaching, can be discussed and negotiated as required.