Shane Tainui, Resident Coach

Shane Tainui is half Irish, half Maori and grew up on the sleepy shores of Akaroa. Somehow Shane became a very competitive tennis player and then a qualified coach. His playing and coaching skills were sharpened by working for nearly 10 years as a professional player/ coach in the top clubs around Stuttgart, Germany.

Shane’s background ensures that every coaching session is fun and encouraging.

But Shane also brings a very trained eye that can develop players to Division 1 level.

Sport Canterbury awarded Shane the Summer Sports Awards for Tennis Coaching in 2007.

Junior Group Coaching

The after school groups are small [usually only 4 to 6 participants in a coaching session] and are a valuable workshop for improvement and interclub play. The child does not need to play competitively and Shane organises the children according to their abilities.

The emphasis, for the younger players, is on fun and the children look forward to the training sessions.

Shane also coaches at several schools and any school, or other organisation, is invited to contact him.

Private Coaching

You can arrange coaching lessons on the Avonhead courts or your own court.
These lessons could be one-on-one or as a family group.
Shane can arrange coaching for most days of the week and as Avonhead has lights, coaching can occur in the evenings.

Advanced coaching

Shane regularly coaches Division 1 players who are looking to sharpen techniques


Probably easiest to visit the courts and have a chat.
P: (03) 980 1618
M: 027 4401618