Marc Paulik and Tim Purchas
Hutt Valley Tennis Academy Directors
Our mission is to make a major impact on rejuvenating interclub, tournament and social tennis participation across the Hutt Valley. We have developed creative solutions to position tennis as one of the most affordable, accessible, and inclusive sports in our community.
Our Tennis in Schools programme commenced in 2019 with the delivery of the Wainuiomata Tennis in Schools Programme. Between May and September over 1,000 Wainuiomata students enjoyed a FREE tennis experience at their school. The Tennis in Schools Programme then culminated in our first annual TENNIS FEST: 250 students from 5 Wainuiomata Schools were transported by bus to the Wainuiomata Tennis Club to enjoy a day of skill-based games and competitions in an inter-school format. Participants connected with their friends, school mates, local club management committee, coaches, and volunteers, and learned what their local club offers over the 2019/2020 season.
In alignment with the Tennis in Schools programme we offer full-year tennis programmes at the Mitchell Park Tennis Centre, Avalon Tennis Club and Wainuiomata Tennis club. Our tennis programmes offer a wide variety of tennis activity for kids of all ages and levels of tennis experience, and for adult beginners and adults returning to tennis. Our mission is to achieve close collaboration between club and school, and we will deliver easily accessible and affordable club based programmes that are available to everyone.
Our junior tennis programmes deliver a pathway from beginner tennis to interclub and tournament participation. Integral to the junior development strategy is out Talent ID Programme. Our club based Talent ID programmes are open to any juniors who are keen to play more tennis, and have a desire to improve their skills for interclub and tournaments. And our Mitchell Park based Talent ID programme will appeal to the Hutt Valleys best interclub and tournament players.
The current New Zealand no.1 junior, and many regional representatives have been developed through the Hutt Valley Tennis Academy programmes and Marc Paulik's coaching methods. Our REP CLUB programme delivers training at Mitchell Park for the Hutt Valley's best juniors on most days of the week. The aim of the Rep Club programme is to prepare the players for regional and national tournaments, and for adult Premier Interclub. Rep Club players have also attended international tournaments, and the Hutt Valley Tennis Academy has developed juniors who have attained tennis scholarships to Universities in North America.
If we can help you connect with tennis playing opportunities, or help you with your tennis please contact us! Also if you would like to learn more about our mission, share your thoughts with us, or help in any way we would enjoy talking to you!
Marc Paulik and Tim Purchas