Blitz Tennis has an enthusiastic team of coaches and coaching assistants, lead by Head Coaches Mat Garnham (Pukekura Park) and Matt Stringer (Oakura & Rotokare):
Mat Garnham - Mat is a well travelled tennis coach with significant amount of experience from around the world.
He was previously coaching tennis in the UK, where he lived for two years. Whilst in England he was head coach at a summer camp for a company called Exsportise, he then managed to work his way up to a head coach position for one of England’s biggest tennis companies, All Star Tennis. He has also travelled to Canada to work as a tennis pro at a five star resort in Toronto, where he completed a six month contract. Mat was coaching under Mohammed Janniff (former Fijian Davis Cup player) who said “It was an honour working with Mat and watching him develop as a tennis coach.”
Mat grew up playing tennis at the Kilbirnie Tennis Club from the age of seven. He then went on to become the Head Coach of the club for four years. He started off by creating an academy and selected the clubs top juniors and in just a year he had them playing in the New Zealand Nationals.
Mat loves being back coaching at home and working with the talent that the Naki has to offer!
He was awarded Tennis NZ Club Coach of the Year & Tennis Central Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
Matt Stringer - Matt’s previous coaching experience includes work at clubs in London, Greece, Dubai and the All England Club, Wimbledon. He is enthusiastic and motivated on court because he believes players improve best when they are enjoying themselves.