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Tennis at Kent Sport

Student/staff/public programme

The weekly tennis program caters for beginners, intermediates and advanced players. Whether you want to get fit in cardio tennis, improve your technical and tactical skills in coaching sessions, or just play socially, there is a session for you! Each session is run by qualified coaches and takes place at the Indoor Tennis Centre at the Pavilion.

Students must be a member of the Tennis Club (UKC Tennis) in order to access the tennis programme.

Individual lessons

Learn the basics of tennis or progress your skills with qualified instructor coaching at Kent Sport. Our flexible, affordable sessions will give you the experience you need to develop and are tailored to your individual needs.

Membership type

Price per session (one hour)

Student / Junior (16 to 18) Staff / Alumni / Public Junior (under 16)
Gold and Silver £20 £25


Bronze £25 £30

For more information about individual lessons at the University of Kent, contact or call 01227 824 081. Coaching sessions must be booked by contacting reception on 01227 823 623.

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)

BUCS is the University sports competition played by universities across the UK. The University of Kent currently has three men’s teams and one women’s team, with the highest men’s and women’s teams being in division two and one respectively.

The University’s tennis programme allows BUCS team players to train up to six hours per week, including sessions with qualified coaches. Matches take place on a Wednesday afternoon at the Indoor Tennis Centre at the Pavilion.

For players just missing out on the BUCS teams, there are men’s and women’s development squads, with training up to four hours per week including one coached session.

BUCS and development squads will be selected over the trial period at the beginning of terms one and two. For more information, see UKC Tennis Society Facebook and Instagram pages.

Meet the team

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Matthew Brears - Level 3

Matthew Brears
Head coach and University Tennis Coordinator

Matt is an LTA accredited Level 3 Coach with eight years experience ranging from tots tennis (three to five year olds) to senior team tennis. He has coached at the University for four years, as well as working at various clubs and schools around East Kent. Matt also represented the University of Kent while studying culminating in a landmark tournament run in the BUCS national finals, becoming the first player from the University to qualify for the main draw. While running the program at the University, Matt still competes at regional and British Tour level, with an LTA rating of 3.2.

“Whether you want to be able to play with family and friends on holiday, or you have aspirations of being a successful touring pro, the University of Kent is a great place to start your journey!”

Toby Churchill - Level 4

Toby Churchill
LTA Level 4 Performance Coach

Toby is a level 4 senior performance coach and head coach at Deal indoor tennis centre. He is also a member of the county coaching team and works with the 8&U Kent team. Toby has been coaching for 8 years and has worked with the University of Kent teams for the past 4 seasons. Toby is also the south east regional disability coach and was shortlisted to coach the GB team at the World Games in 2019 but narrowly missed out. Toby currently has a 1.2 LTA rating and is hoping to reach 1.1 soon. He plays in British Tour level events when possible; with highlights being finalist in the 2017 British Tour Premier mixed doubles event in Sutton. Toby competes for Canterbury in the National Premier league and has represented the side at regional playoffs for the past two years.

Ben Abbott - Level 3

Ben Abbott
LTA Level 3 Coach

Ben is an LTA accredited Level 3 tennis coach with five years of coaching experience at a range of clubs & venues both in Scotland and East Kent. This has included working with tots, juniors and adults who play at a variety of standards. Having consistently represented Kent as a junior from aged 10 up to 18 years old, he then gained a tennis scholarship to the University of Stirling. This lead to a passion for university tennis and enabled him to continue to train and compete at a high level for four years, whilst gaining a degree in Business Studies & Marketing. With a current LTA rating of a 3.2, Ben also still enjoys competing regularly in both doubles & singles at a regional/British tour level.

James Stock - Level 2

James Stock
Level 2 Tennis Coach

Hi my name is James Stock and I am an undergraduate student studying Religious Studies in my second year, here at the University of Kent. I’ve been playing tennis as my main sport from a young age. I am a level 2 qualified tennis coach and have helped coach/assist for three different tennis clubs in Northampton, over previous summers. When I qualified as a level 1, previous to this, I also worked at these camps helping in more general work. During my gap year I also helped run some sessions at one of these local tennis clubs before I went travelling.

Eddie Hurren - Level 1

Eddie Hurren
Level 1 Tennis Coach

Profile coming soon.

Jagoda Lintowska - Level 1

Jagoda Lintowska
Level 1 Tennis Coach

Profile coming soon.

Milo Winstone - Level 1

Milo Winstone
Level 1 Tennis Coach

Hi my name is Milo Winstone and I am an undergraduate student studying History and Spanish here at the University of Kent. I am a level 1 qualified tennis coach and am working towards obtaining my level 2. Despite only being level 1 I have a wealth of experience ranging from helping run several intensive camps to helping out with running regular sessions at my local club for over 2 years. I’ve been playing tennis for as long as I can remember and am currently playing at a high standard as Men's 2nd team Captain.

If you are interested in becoming a coach or gaining a coaching/officiating qualification, please contact

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Last Updated: 11/01/2019