Dave Von Ribbeck
I grew up in Swaziland where I was introduced to tennis from a young age, and fell in love with the game from the very beginning.
As a child I was always around teaching and children’s development. My mother ran a Montessori School from our home, and it was then I realised my connection with children and my passion to teach.
I decided to take up sports coaching professionally, and after completing my NVQ in Sports Coaching I moved to Canterbury in 2005 where I began my tennis coaching career at the Appeti Tennis Centre. My role was to manage the talent ID program which involved the training and development of the junior players.
I have been Head Coach at Brenchley & Matfield Tennis Club since 2009, where I started Evolution Tennis, and since we have built up a thriving junior and adult coaching program with over 30 classes each week, and a strong private coaching client base. In the latter part of 2016 we were awarded the coaching contract at Marden Tennis Club where we will work with the club to build a comprehensive coaching program starting in 2017.
Ever since I was young I’ve taken an interest in, and played, tennis. Having a natural rapport with children I gratefully took up the opportunity to volunteer coaching at my local tennis club when given the opportunity in 2009. It was at this point that my love for coaching combined with tennis and I decided to focus my career aspirations to base around the coaching sector.
I completed my studies at Northumbria University for a BSc in Sports Coaching where I achieved a 2:1 overall. Throughout my time there I have learnt key skills which I have put into practice in my coaching.
I completed my level 1 and level 2 at a young age and have been coaching ever since. I have coached tennis at over 10 different locations both in schools and at local club, with adults as well as children. I have also worked at Wimbledon throughout the yearly Championships, as well as during the Olympics and Paralympics on a voluntary basis at the Play Tennis Zone to help children get involved in the sport.
Having played sports from a very young age and throughout my life, I try to ensure that all my tennis coaching sessions are enjoyable for all my pupils and I draw on my previous experiences of what I liked and disliked to improve future sessions.
I have been a member of Brenchley & Matfield LTC since I was 11, when I began being coached by Dave.
I have a great love for the sport and so began coaching. I have been constantly inspired by those I have met.
The commitment and enthusiasm people show for the game, and the club, has motivated me to become a better tennis coach and get more involved with the friendly atmosphere – in my opinion, it’s the best place to work.
And what takes place on the court is even better… to me there is nothing more satisfying than seeing one of my students progressing, learning something new and wanting to learn more.
I particularly enjoy teaching tennis to children because not only do I have fun entertaining and coaching them, but very often they entertain me!
I am currently working towards my LTA level 3 and looking forward to putting the new skills I learn into practice.
Admin and Marketing
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