The Sparta Tennis Academy features a coaching and training staff which we feel is unrivalled in New Zealand. The Coaching staff have taken to players to many, many national titles both in this country and abroad. The range of experience and strengths allows for all aspects of players development on and off the court can be catered for.
Director and High Performance Coach Dwayne Cleugh
- 2016/17 Tennis Auckland Coach of the Year
- Professional Tennis Registry Certified Pro
- Tennis NZ Registered, Performance Coach
- Tennis NZ Certified Hotshots Coach
- ITF certified Referee
- Tennis Auckland Region 12s Team Coach
- Tennis New Zealand 12s Boys Team Coach
Dwayne was brought into the CPTC Elite Program 3.5 years ago with the goal of strengthening and expanding the program to a level comparable with European academies, to create an environment which was missing in Tennis in NZ. His studies in the technique of tennis at the highest level and his experience at academies throughout Europe make him a very rare commodity in this country, someone able to build both an academy and players of the absolute highest level. Prior to starting at CPTC and building Sparta Academy he took a contract role with Tennis NZ focused on coach development and education of the nations coaches, imparting the knowledge he gained from his international qualifications and studying at various Academies in Spain, UK, New Zealand and Eastern Europe.He spent the bulk of his time in Eastern Europe after finding their methods the most successful at producing top young players It was here Dwayne blended the Eastern styles, most famously employed by Spartak in Moscow, with more western cultures into a philosophy and training style that is now used at the Sparta Tennis Academy.
Senior High Performance Coach Chris Canady
- PTR Professional, Performance and Junior Development
- ACE Coach Certified
- Bachelor of Sports Science (Master of Sports Science in Progress)
Chris joined the program in early 2016 from the United States. Chris will lead the transition program of players from top juniors to funded college athletes and is still very much plugged into the college network after recently resigning as Head Coach of Western Missouri State University Tennis Program. Chris has also completed the gruelling ACE Certification during his time as right hand man for Heath Waters. Heath’s systems with the assistance of coaches such as Chris have produced a huge number of ATP, WTA and Div 1 college players over the past decade and his methods are used widely at Sparta Tennis Academy. We had an extensive search to find the right person to bring into this role and Chris stood out from literally applicants the world over. His commitment to the physical side of the game and the work that needs to go into building the athlete and the player fits perfectly with the Sparta Ethos and he will continue to drive and foster the world class academy environment we are building, and that Chris is accustomed too.
Senior High Performance Coach Nathan Carter
- PTR UK Certified Pro
- LTA (UK) DCA Award
- Undergraduate Degree in Sports Fitness and Coaching
Nathan is a former professional player who upon injuring his knee turned to coaching full-time. He worked at the Sutton Academy in England where he was primarily responsible for their top ITF boys, working with multiple top 400 world ranked juniors. Upon moving back to New Zealand Nathan worked for Tennis Auckland coaching their regional performance program. More recently he was working on a special project that was run jointly by Sparta Tennis Academy and Tennis New Zealand. Through this relationship we were able to convince Nathan to come on board full time. He is the most recent addition to the Sparta Team and will allow our program to expand and further the possibility of coaches travelling abroad with players to international camps and tournaments.
Senior High Performance Coach Neil Carter
- LTA Licensed Coach
- New Zealand Fed Cup Womens National Team Coach
- 30+ years coaching experience
Neil returned to New Zealand in late 2017 bringing with him decades worth of experience working with some of the world's best players at Academies where this was the norm. He was most recently director of Tennis at the prestigious Sutton Academy in the UK. Prior to leaving for the UK Neil was an NZ national junior selector and NZ Junior Fed Cup Coach. Upon his return Neil has been appointed Fed Cup Coach which makes him the national Womens’ team coach. Neil has joined Sparta to pass on a huge wealth of experience to the team and work with the teams goals of creating a world class academy in NZ, one that is capable of producing players ready and capable to take on the best in the world. Despite this formidable resume Neil is just as happy and competent with all levels from midweek ladies, beginner adults and Hot Shots Juniors.
Mission Bay Head Professional Mandy Branks
- TNZ/Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach
- TNZ Registered Coach
- TNZ Hot Shots certified coach
Mandy joined Sparta in 2015 as club coach at Campbell Park Tennis Club. Very quickly she showed the coaching, management and leadership ability to run a club independently. This eventually lead to Mandy becoming Head Professional at Mission Bay Tennis Club where she is now Head Pro. Mission Bay has the largest senior programme in Auckland, and without a doubt the most thriving social scene! Mandy is an expert at developing beginner players and building their fundamentals from an early age. She has been involved in Tennis Coaching her whole life and come through the Tennis NZ coaching system, establishing herself as an absolute standout in those courses and one of the best young coaches in the country. Mandy is probably our most popular coach with kids loving her personality and lessons. She is also a Cardio Tennis and Tennis Xpress expert! Combined with her strength as a player and knowledge of the game Mandy is the consummate all around coach. For lessons with Mandy or more information on Mission Bay Tennis Club click here www.missionbaytennis.co.nz
Junior Development and Adult Progressing Coach Casyn Buchman
- USTA Player/Pro
- Hot Shots, Cardio and Xpress
Casyn came to Sparta fresh from a distinguished College career where she captain two sports (tennis and basketball) as well as becoming Assistant Coach to the program. She is born, bred and educated in the USA and has come to Sparta to further her coaching experience in a different environment. Casyn has fitted into the culture perfectly since arriving in 2017. She has the most positive mindset of the coaching team and is able to translate that to all her pupils. Casyn also lead the Interclub teams at Campbell Park and uses the matches with other juniors as teaching opportunities. She learned her craft in the USA which fits the type of coaching which the Sparta team promote. In addition to her tennis background and technical expertise Casyn has studied sports science and physiology and is able to help Head Strength and Conditioning coach to prepare the athletes bodies the way they need to be to compete at the highest level.
Strength and Conditioning coach Ben Sinnamon
- BPhEd. Sport and exercise science Otago
- REPs Registered Exercise Professional
- C.H.E.K. Practitioner Level 1
Ben is the Academies fitness trainer whose background is in sports specific training, primarily in younger athletes. He studied Physical Education and specialised in this area, spending a year at the University of Texas to further his education in the sports specific field. His niche is explosive small court sports. Prior to Sparta he worked with Netball Waikato’s talent development program and in the US he was able to spend time with the international basketball players and NBA training staff. Ben’s training is holistic from teaching the kids how to breath, warm-up, stretch, strengthen body parts for injury prevention all on top of increasing the kids’ functional strength, fitness, balance, coordination and explosiveness.