Co-founders:

  • Ben Jackson
    Ben JacksonCo-Founder
    • Ben White
      Ben WhiteCo-Founder

      Since meeting on their first day at senior school in 1986, the Founders of All Star Tennis, Ben Jackson (BenJ) and Ben White (BenW) have remained firm friends with a passion for sport.

      Studying Sports Science (BenJ) and Leisure Management (BenW) and both attaining the LTA Club Coach/Level 4, their future business direction was perhaps inevitable.

      BenJ competed at County level for Somerset as a junior.  He is a qualified yoga instructor and worked with many high level performance junior players creating a yoga based training programme for their specific needs.  BenJ overseas the coaching programme and development including schools programmes and coach training.

      BenW competed in tournament level tennis and football, winning European honours in Stuttgart 95 with “The Wessex All Stars”. The team name was the inspiration for the All Star Tennis company we know today.  A qualified Sports Therapy masseur BenW worked for the ATP Tour in the players’ treatment room at the Queens Club.  His role at All Star Tennis is now focused on bringing a great experience to players on and off the court.

      Both Bens’ careers have been largely in grass roots tennis, working particularly with sports development and schools.  In addition, they have enormous experience in delivering a wide range of sessions from toddlers to adults.  With 40 years of coaching experience between them, they together in 1999 formed All Star Coaching and the All Star Tennis as we know it today.

      Our team of highly experienced and qualified coaches:

      • Charlie Forys
        Charlie ForysCoach: Wandsworth Common

        Charlie has over 15 years experience working with adults and juniors. Having competed in his teen years, Charlie gained insight into the latest techniques and coaching methods, which he uses with his students. Charlie loves tennis, he has a real passion for being on court and making a difference to players of all ages and standards.

        • Maria Tsekou
          Maria TsekouCoach: Wandsworth & Tooting Commons

          Maria has lots of coaching experience as well as playing internationally as a Junior. She brings her enjoyment and enthusiasm of the game to the court and is a great motivator. Maria’s experience as a player, competitor and coach enables her to teach with a player-centered approach catering to each individual’s goals and abilities.

          • Jay Stephenson
            Jay StephensonCoach: All Wandsworth Locations

            Jay is an experienced sports coach who started off as a competitive professional. To this day he trains hard so he knows a thing or two about what it takes to get the most out of your body and mind! Jay is full of energy and will insure you enjoy yourself as you improve and develop your skills.

            • Emma Wells
              Emma WellsCoach: King Georges Park

              Emma has 13 years of experience coaching all ages and abilities around the world. She will tailor your session to exactly what fits best from technical, tactical to physical, where she can work on improving fitness within Tennis as she also a qualified Personal Trainer. Her  energy and passion for Tennis will be infectious! Emma still plays herself and last year was No.2 in the touchtennis world rankings.

              • Eliot Newton
                Eliot NewtonCoach: Wandsworth & Tooting Common
                • Hugh John
                  Hugh JohnCoach: All Wandsworth locations
                  Hugh played competitively as a youngster and started coaching at the age of 15yrs.
                  He believes in pushing players to their maximum potential but believes in keeping it enjoyable at the same time.
                  Hugh “If you’re not tired at the end of a coaching session, I’ve failed.”
                  • Rob Baran
                    Rob BaranCoach: All wandsworth locations

                    Rob is a great motivator and is very passionate about improving players of all standards and ages by targeting 4 elements of the game: Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical. Allowing players to goal set and achieve measurable results at their own pace. Rob is available for coaching most weekdays and weekends.

                    • Dave Evans
                      Dave EvansCOACH: ALL WANDSWORTH LOCATIONS
                      • Dani Guerra
                        Dani GuerraCOACH: ALL WANDSWORTH LOCATIONS

                        Dani is a young tennis player from the Canary Islands with experience training, playing and teaching at a very high level. Dani’s love for teaching tennis comes across in his friendly and dynamic approach. He considers tennis to not only be about technique and skill, but other values such as respect.

                        • Jamie Stagg
                          Jamie StaggCOACH: ALL WANDSWORTH LOCATIONS

                          Jamie is a passionate lacrosse and tennis coach who started coaching with All Star in 2015 after completing a degree in Sports Science. Having coached university teams and within schools Jamie believes players learn best when having fun and being challenged.

                          • Courtney Young
                            Courtney YoungCOACH: ALL WANDSWORTH LOCATIONS

                            After playing competively during her teens, Courtney decided to pursue her love of netball whilst coaching tennis inbetween her studies. Courtney is passionate about kids and started working for All Star in June 2016. She has 8 years experience tennis coaching in New Zealand and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the court.

                            • Lachlan Dalton
                              Lachlan DaltonCOACH: LEADERS GARDENS & WANDSWORTH COMMON

                              Lachlan played tennis at Junior ITF and Mens Futures level for over 10 years, and began coaching in 2008. He has coached players of all ages and standards from beginners to competitive tournament players. Lachlan believes in creating a fun learning environment, and inspiring people to take their tennis to the next level.

                              • Paola Garrido Rodriguez
                                Paola Garrido RodriguezCOACH: WANDSWORTH COMMON

                                Paola adapts her teaching style to each individual, she makes lessons fun but demanding and challenging. Her background includes coaching in the U.S. and Spain for all ages and levels. She was ranked #2 in juniors in Spain and played ITF and WTA tournaments. She also earned a full athletic scholarship at a Division I American University.

                                • JAIME PATTISON
                                  JAIME PATTISONCOACH: WANDSWORTH COMMON & KING GEORGES PARK

                                  Jaime is a coach from Zimbabwe and played Nationally at the age of 16. Her love for coaching is clearly evident in her interactions and she aims to understand the goals, beliefs, values and purpose behind everyone participating. Jaime values a player led approach and she strives to be an influential part of building opportunities for people to achieve higher and more consistent levels of performance.

                                  • Shanice Dunk
                                    Shanice DunkCOACH & TOOTING COMMON CENTRE SUPERVISOR

                                    Shanice has played tennis since a young age, competed for her county Nottinghamshire and in various British Tours and ITF tournaments. She went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam university and played for the tennis team, which she also captained. She continued playing and coaching whilst studying her masters in Sports Law.

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                                    Yoga & Pilates teachers:

                                    • Mary  Paternoster
                                      Mary PaternosterPilates Instructor

                                      Mary comes from a gymnastic and professional dance background and has worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years. As well as dance and fitness, Mary has an infinite love for Pilates. She has become a committed and dedicated practitioner and teacher.

                                      • Alo Raptopoulos
                                        Alo RaptopoulosYoga Instructor

                                        Alo Raptopoulos is a certified UK Yoga Alliance Yoga Instructor, who has trained in Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga for over 14 years. She likes to share her experience and knowledge to support others’ inspirational journey and personal development. Her flexible style can adapt to wide range of audiences and practitioners, from athletes and sports professionals to those who prefer a more restorative approach to yoga. She seeks to empower anyone who wishes to improve their emotional well-being, performance and physical health through yoga practice and its transformative impact on both body and mind.