Dickson Tennis provide a full range of tennis instruction, competition management, and fitness & wellness related programs for all ages and standards. We believe in creating a fun environment to encourage participation from all players and ages. Our ultimate goal is to encourage a vibrant active club atmosphere through exciting and engaging programs which are inviting to new and regular members and facilitate a real sense of community. Below is a media production by Tennis Australia which was created for the Newcombe Awards and highlights some of the our key program and club experiences
DAVID DICKSON is a qualified Tennis Professional with both Australian and International tennis coaching certificates. David is Tennis Australia Club Professional, an RPT Registro Profesional de Tennis International Professional (Europe), an ICI International Coaches Institute International Professional (Spain) and a ERTP European Registry of Tennis Professionals Level 3. David is also a Tennis Coaches Australia Advanced Coach, a Level 3 Master Tennis Professional with Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association, a Level 1 Coach with Australian Strength & Conditioning Association, and has Level 1 Sport Science qualifications with United States Tennis Association. David also has a Bachelor of Science Architecture Degree from the University of Newcastle.
Prior to founding Dickson Tennis, David had 5 years as a Director of Tennis with Savitar - Singapores leading tennis academy who manage club, school and resort programs in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. David has been a Director at The Swiss Club, One'15 Marina Club (Asia's Finest Marina Club), and The Hollandse Club. He was Head Professional at Willow Stream Spa Tennis Fairmont Hotel, and Head Professional / Assistant Manager of Spa Chakra Hayman Island Resort. David started as a Trainee coach at Roche's Racquet Resort, and held several coaching position in large tennis centres in Newcastle, Gosford and Sydney before coaching internationally.
David was selected as Tasmanian State Coach for the 2020 Super 10's Nationals in Melbourne, 2019 Australian 18 & Under Tennis Championships Pizzey Cup 2019 in Adelaide, and has been coach of the Tasmanian State U12 girls team for the Australian Teams Championship December Showdown in Melbourne in 2016.
David is a Level 1 Cricket Coach with Cricket Coaches Australia and an endorsed Sporting Schools Program Coach for national programs from Cricket Australia, Golf Australia, Badminton Australia, Table Table Tennis Australia, Softball Australia, Lawn Bowls Australia, as well as Tennis Australia. David has experience facilitating Multi-sports and Gross Motor Skill Programs in private and public schools throughout New South Wales and Tasmania. Has been key in the program design team and facilitation team of large scale commercial multi-sports programs such as AJH Leisure | Sports STAR, at key locations such as Sydney Olympic Park.
KATHERINE KELLY is a qualified Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach with a Masters of Business Administration MBA from the University of New England. She has a Diploma of Fitness, a Certificate IV in Personal Training and a Certificate III in Group Fitness from the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers. Katherine has a Diploma of Remedial Massage from the NSW School of Massage and has a a Level 1 Graduate Professional Qualification from the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association.
Before starting Dickson Tennis, Katherine was an International Spa & Wellness Director overseeing multi-million dollar spa, fitness and tennis programs / teams in 5 star leisure facilities such as Hayman Island Resort, Hilton Hotels (New Jersey and San Francisco), and St Regis Hotel in Singapore. She has held other key management positions such as Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition and positions on the Singapore Business Womens Association 3rd Chapter.
Katherine was selected as a Tasmanian State Coach for the 2020 Super 10s Nationals in Melbourne, and Team Manager for the 2019 Australian 18 & Under Tennis Championships Pizzey Cup 2019 in Adelaide. Katherine is also a registered Sporting Schools Coach able to deliver national programs in Hot Shots Tennis, Table Tops Table Tennis, Badminton Shuttle-time and MyGolf Golf.
Dickson Tennis offer a full developmental pathway for junior tennis players. These pathways are part of a Long Term Athlete Development Plan - an internationally proven pathway to success in all sports.
1. ACTIVE START - MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (3-5yrs),
2. FUNDAMENTALS - HOT SHOTS (5-10 yrs)
3. LEARN TO TRAIN - DEVELOPMENT & INTERMEDIATE GROUPS (8-12yrs)
4. TRAIN TO TRAIN - ADVANCED SQUAD (11-16yrs)
5. TRAIN TO COMPETE - JUNIOR ELITE SQUAD (16-23yrs)
6. TRAIN TO WIN - ELITE PERFORMANCE SQUAD (18+yrs)
1. ACTIVE START STAGE
Blue Stage Launch Pad (ages 3-5)
Learning fundamental and perceptual motor skills through a range of multi-sport skills from sports that relate to tennis movement, swing patterns, and applying these principles to a range of sports including tennis to develop future tennis stars
Red Stage ANZ Hot Shots (ages 5-8)
A program using red balls which are a little larger, bounce 75% slower and lower than a regular ball. The courts are scaled to 36 feet with mini nets allowing kids to get success and confidence while developing age appropriate swing and movement patterns.
2. FUNDAMENTALS STAGE
Orange Stage ANZ Hot Shots (ages 8-10)
A program using orange balls which bounce 50% slower and lower than a regular ball. The courts are scaled to 60 foot or 3/4 the size of regular court allowing kids to transition into a full court rally, swings, tactics and movement patterns.
Green Stage ANZ Hot Shots (ages 9+)
A program using green balls which bounce 25% slower and lower than a regular ball. The program uses a full regular court and kids transition into the final stage of tennis before
3. LEARN TO TRAIN STAGE
Development Squads (Ages 8-12)
Technique and stroke development stage for players transitioning from Hot Shots and preparing for the first stages of competition play
Intermediate Squads (Ages 8-12)
Technique and stroke development stage for players who have progressed through the development squad and are participating in fun based organised competition play, Super 10's, Super 12's and round robin challenge days.
4. TRAIN TO TRAIN STAGE
Advanced Squads (Ages 11-16)
Advanced technical and tactical skills for advanced juniors who are currently playing in regular JDS and Junior Gold Silver Bronze platinum tournaments
5. TRAIN TO COMPETE STAGE
Junior Elite Squads (Ages 16-23)
Elite technical and tactical skills for elite ranked juniors who have had success in JDS and Junior Gold Silver Bronze platinum tournaments and transitioning to Adult AMT Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze events. Please inquire for session times.
6. TRAIN TO WIN STAGE
Elite Performance Squad (Ages 18+)
Elite program for players playing Regional / State / national and international tournaments
Maintenance and improvement of physical capabilities, development of technical, tactical and playing skills, training based on modelling competition aspects, carefully planned breaks, single, double or triple periodisation, tennis specific technical, tactical and fitness training. Please inquire for session times.
Dickson Tennis Hot Shots 6-10yr Camps cater for all stages of Hot Shots from Stage 1 Red, Stage 2 Orange and Stage 3 Green ball. A fun fusion of tennis and other modified sports from the Sporting Schools Program. We also have fun with age specific games that excite the kids and keep them active, happy and healthy.
Before School Kids Tennis
Dickson Tennis Before School Tennis program is at Sunshine Tennis Club which shares a boundary with Howrah Primary School making our before school tennis program a very popular choice for parents and children looking to start the day energised. Although some of our participants come from other nearby schools, we personally walk the Howrah Primary School kids to school at the completion of the 7:30-8:30am session. Registration is essential and the opportunity to participate is Monday to Friday if 24/h notice is given.
Friday Kids Match Play
Friday Match Play has become a popular program with our 11+ teen audience. A series of fun timed length singles or doubles matches played in a fun friendly atmosphere where new players are welcome. The event goes ahead most Fridays from 6-7:30pm and registering a few days in advance is essential.
to register interest. For kids under 11 and part of the Hot Shots 6-10yrs program who are interested in matchplay events, we hold red, orange and green ball competitions periodically during the year - typically in school holidays.
Hot Shots Matchplay
ANZ Hot Shots Matchplay is a regional team based kids matchplay league where players represent their clubs in teams. Pictured here are the two Sunshine Stars teams who represented Dickson Tennis Sunshine Tennis Club in the first league when the program launched in 2018.
Dickson Tennis have private and group lesson programs suited to all players. These programs are gateways into either club social tennis, matchplay pennants or social 35+ seniors competition.
We have adult groups of different standards Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Some are for new players, some for returning players and others for competition pennant players. Inquiries to to express interest and discuss a suitable starting point in one of our evening adult groups.
In the Media
JUNIOR PATHWAY 11-17 YEARS
JUNIOR PATHWAY 4-10 YEARS
David Dickson talks in the studio about Wimbledon, Anthony Mundine,
kids tennis development & camps
Sporting Schools Programs
Dickson Tennis are endorsed coaching providers for Sporting Schools. We have a compehensive tennis program for pre-school, infants, primary and high Schools ranging from ANZ Hot Shots Programs, Partnership Programs, ANZ Hot Shots and FAST4 leagues. Our programs can take place at your school courts or playground using modified net systems or at our centre - Sunshine Tennis Club, Howrah (below picture).
Dickson Tennis are also qualified endorsed Sporting Schools coaches in other sports such as Golf, Cricket, Badminton, table tennis, softball & lawn bowls.
In the last 12 months approximately 12 Tasmanian schools have benefited from Sporting Schools Coaching and Equipment Grants in various sports through partnering with Dickson Tennis in the Federal Government Sporting Schools Program.
Dickson Tennis is registered with Sporting Schools to deliver Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis,
Cricket, Golf and Softball programs. Our coaches have qualifications and endorsements with
each of these National Sporting Bodies to deliver Sporting Schools Grants to schools.
Dickson Tennis can cater to all your party needs. A typical party runs for 2 hrs with the middle 30min typically a cake and party meal component provided by the family. You bring the cake, food and drink and we will provide the ideal sporting backdrop of Hot Shots tennis and challenges from our Multi-sports Educational Program | Sporting Schools sports program. Our parties cater to all but are aimed at kids aged four to early teens.
SUNSHINE TENNIS CLUB
11A Howrah Rd, Howrah 7018
Dickson Tennis manage tennis programs at Sunshine Tennis Club which was awarded Tasmania's Most Outstanding Tennis Club in 2016. Sunshine Tennis club is Tasmania's largest member club with approximately 500 members and has 6 floodlit synthetic grass courts and a well appointed clubhouse, practice wall, showers, outdoor deck and amenities. Programs are open to both members and the general public. Everyone is welcome!
Dickson Tennis have gift certificates for that special someone or as a reward or incentive for an office colleague. Vouchers can be custom made for a certain amount of dollars or sessions.
Dickson Tennis are retailers of Technifibre racquets and accessories. The global manufacturer provides the official racquets, strings, bags and accessories of the ATP World Tour. (www.technifibre.com)
Dickson Tennis was recently named as an Australian finalist in the Inside Sport Magazine - Sportscover Clubbies 2019 Best Coach. The finalists were picked from 1100 nominated entries from all sports and all states. This is the second year in a row Dickson Tennis has made the national finals. Its a proud achievement that can only happen from the support of families and members who give our programs energy and bring our programs to life.
Dickson Tennis are always expanding their knowledge of latest industry trends, coaching principles, techniques and program management models. Coaches regularly attend Coaching and Industry conferences and professional development sessions.
Super 10's Tasmania Sunshine Team 2019
Super 10's Nationals State Coach Roles 2020
Super 10's Nationals is a national event held in Melbourne for the top ten year old 16 boys and top 16 girls in Australia. Each state sends a small team of players based on results in the Tasmanian Super 10's league. As you can see below each team has a State Coach as a team coach and manager. Tasmania's coaches were Dave, Kat and Simon Youl. Kats team comprised one Tasmanian athlete Britta and 3 girls from another 3 states. Daves team comprised Banjo (from our own program and state) and 3 boys from each state. The other Tasmanian state coach was Simon Youl who also had a team comprising one Tasmanian and 3 other players. Several other Tasmanian kids were managed by State Coaches from other states. The kids played team matches against the other 15 boys and the other 15 girls. It was an week of experiences for players and coaches as it was held during the Australian Open giving kids a real opportunity to absorb and play on outside courts during a grand slam.
Tasmanian State Coach Roles - Pizzey Cup 2019
The Pizzey Cup is an annual event for the best 18 & under students from each state. In May 2019 David (Coach) and Kat (Manager) accompanied the Tasmanian State Team along with National Academy Head Coach Simon Youl to Adelaide - the host State. The team of 8 male and 8 female players performed exceptionally against ACT, NSW, WA, VIC and QLD. This event also included the prized Australia Cup with players aiming to make the All Australian Team.
Tasmanian State Coach role - Australian Teams Championships December Showdown 2016
The Australian Teams Championship is an annual event where each state sends a team of 3 boys and girls in each age division with state coach / manager to assist and advise the kids including on court coaching during matches. The event also had teams from New Zealand, China, Japan and Oceania. Dave is pictured here with Tasmania's 12's girls team which comprised players from around the state and from other coaching programs.
To arrange a session or discuss a training plan please contact
David Dickson on 0423 669 757 or Katherine Kelly 0412 817 427 or email us at