ORBIT TENNIS Orbit Tennis has been set up by Barbara Awbery. Over 500 children are coached regularly, with hundreds more joining in the fun in the holidays. Orbit Tennis caters for junior players from 3 to 18, as well as adults. All standards are welcome from complete beginners to experienced match players. Orbit give quality coaching, small groups size (1:6 coach to pupil ratio) and a fantastic friendly learning environment.

ELITE TENNIS ACADEMY From September 2011 we have linked with Prior’s Field school to start an elite tennis academy for girls. We aim to produce tennis players at a minimum to be able continue their progress by gaining a scholarship at a top American University, and a maximum of a National or International standard. With the support of Prior’s Field we will do this whilst still maintaining an all round excellent education, producing a young well rounded person who can decide whether they want to follow a sporting or educational future.

CONTACT Amanda Lay at Prior’s Field (01483 810551) or Barbara Awbery at Orbit Tennis orbittennis@yahoo.co.uk

COMMUNITY PROGRAMME Prior’s Field and Orbit Tennis now have available the fantastic facilities at the school via the community programme. Starting with a programme for 3 to 8 years old using the sports hall, the programme is now being extended for older children and adults. For further information please e-mail orbittennis@yahoo.co.uk

COACHES Qualified experienced coaches are the name of the game for the coaches who work with Orbit. Barbara Awbery and Adam Turner are Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 4 coaches with full Coaching Licences. Barbara is a Head Tennis Coach being sponsored by Head Tennis Limited, and was the LTA coach of the month in June 2009. Barbara and Adam started the Orbit Academy at Prior’s Field school in 2002. In addition we have Chris Tucker and Ben Cullen, specialising in the performance side. Chris was voted LTA coach of the month in May 2012.

Betty Maitland and Ollie Kirk are licensed level 3 coaches. Both are qualifies CardioTennis coaches.  Sam Williamson is a level 2 coach and specialises in our under 6′s.

SUCCESSES We are seeing the benefit of our quality coaching with a constant stream of players being selected to attend regional camps.  Our schools programmes have helped to improve the standard of the tennis teams within the schools with many of them being competitive in higher level competitions such as the Aegon and Surrey competitions.  Players of all levels are encouraged to compete.