Meet Our Coaches

Our team of coaches have either competed at a national or international level and have over 30 years of combined coaching experience with beginners, intermediate and advanced players. We provide a high level of quality tennis coaching in a fun and friendly environment!

Dane Bennett - Head Coach of Tiger Tennis, Kensington Lawn Tennis Club, Seymour College and Adelaide course presenter for the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association (ATPCA).

Dane grew up as one of South Australia's top junior players claiming a number of Junior Titles in Adelaide and country SA. He worked closely as a junior under the guidance of David Sanders, Roger Rasheed and Ray Woodforde. He continued on to compete in National Championships around Australia and then toured the United States reaching semi finals and finals of tournaments in San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Dane is a Pembroke Old Scholar where he represented the college in the 'Memorial Drive' team from 1996 through to 2000. 2 years in a row Dane won the SA independent schools MVP award in the Drive's Division 1 comp. Since then Dane has represented his association in many inter-association tournaments and has also competed in Pennant and Division 1 senior competitions where he has been captain of 4 division 1 premierships. Over the last 15 years Dane has coached hundreds of South Australian children and adults, successfully taking them from beginner to club and tournament levels. Dane also loves to fly and holds his private pilot license within Australia.

Rob Kirkness - Through 1996 to 2001 Rob trained at the Andres Gimeno Academy, Barcelona. During this time he competed on Tier 1 of the LTA British Tour Circuit and also in ITF Futures events around Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In 2002 Rob coached at the Esporta Devonshire Health and Racquets Club, England for 2 seasons before appointed manager where he organised Junior and Adult coaching programmes along with club tournaments. When Rob moved to Australia in 2005 he took on the role of Head Tennis Coach at Trinity College where he created and established 'rascals tennis' as one of the most successful junior coaching programmes in the Gawler area. He soon created close links with Tennis SA in delivering tennis coaching to the local schools, and in 2009, Campbelltown Tennis Club. In the 2012, 2013, 2020 seasons, Rob represented and won the premiership titles for Memorial Drive's Senior Division 1 team. Rob is not only well respected amongst the tennis community in SA as an elite coach but also leads by example as being amongst the top of our SA tennis competitors.


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