“NZTA offer a comprehensive tennis programme for all abilities with a focus on developing players. Weekly squads, private lessons , tournament and touring support are all part of this unique environment.
Gerrit and Guillaume have developed a special culture and have been rewarded with national titles and overseas successes. We are incredibly lucky to have them here in the Waikato.”
“We have been fortunate to be involved with the New Zealand Tennis Academy since inception. Our son Jake McCartney has had five years with NZTA. During this time he has been supported to develop as a competitive tennis player and just as importantly to develop skills around self-reliance, team work and ultimately maturity.
He has been overseas on three tennis tours to France to extend his playing ability along with numerous ITF tournaments both in and outside NZ. He has travelled around NZ to tournaments with and without coach support due to the networking that Gerrit and Guillaume have successfully cultivated over the years.
Jake is now at College in the States playing tennis on a scholarship programme. When he returns to NZ in his breaks he always returns to NZTA to meet with Guillaume and to see the other squad players.”
“Our daughter Nina started her tennis development with NZTA 7 years ago (May, 2008).
Nina has travelled with NZTA to New Caledonia, Australia and Europe.
What has always impressed us about Guillaume and Gerrit, in particular, is that they really understand players’ learning style, their strengths and weaknesses, and the players are approached accordingly.
Guillaume and Gerrit recognise the importance of developing the whole person and are patient, kind, and direct throughout the process.
The NZTA coaches model integrity, honesty, and determination.”
“From the age of 12 to 18, I was fortunate enough to be involved with the New Zealand Tennis Academy (formerly Waikato Regional Development Squads).
During this time I received an excellent standard of on-court coaching and tournament supervision, as well as exposure to a large range of opportunities to further my tennis career.
As well as developing my tennis game, the coaches and the programme were also influential in developing my core values and beliefs as a person, fostering my self-discipline, commitment, and sportsmanship.
Due to their professionalism and integrity I see Gerrit and Guillaume not only as great coaches, but also strong role models for all young people, as well as good friends.
Although sadly I am no longer involved in the programme, I still cherish the friendships that I developed with both players and coaches I was involved with.
I cannot think of a better environment for young players to learn, laugh, and grow both as tennis players, and as individuals.”