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Our Team & Coaching Philosophy

Our Founders

Sport:Away was founded on a simple concept: We love tennis and want to be able to share this passion with as many like-minded individuals as possible. Our founders, Matt Henley & Leon Du Platel have been involved in the tennis world for most of their lives in both a playing and coaching capacity.

Matt Henley

Director of Sport:Away Holidays 

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My philosophy as a coach is to ensure that everyone has a good time on court, and this is what drives my passion for Sport:Away holidays. Stepping out onto the clay at the beginning of the week, and then seeing good friendships emerge through tennis is what gives me that buzz. When people say they don’t want to go home at the end of the holiday, that is what tells me that we have ticked all the right boxes with our coaching and done a good job…

Matt is an LTA level 5 Performance Coach and has represented Surrey since a young age and currently still plays competitively in County tournaments around the country. Matt has coached ITF junior County Players, ITF World Ranked players as well as ATP and WTA tour players. He is also a guest lecturer for the LTA advising and developing level 3 and 4 coaches, as well as doing public speaking, some tennis journalism and LTA license days. Matt is a very down to earth coach who has a genuine passion for helping people to develop their game, specialising in the technical, tactical and mental aspects of tennis, and above all ensuring that everyone enjoys themself on court.

Leon Du Platel

Director of Sport:Away Holidays

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I really love teaching simple yet effective ways to technically improve your game with tactical ideas that will help you get some great results during matchplay.

Leon is a level 4 LTA Coach based at Virgin Active in Surrey. Leon played as a top 20 national junior and then went on to play 4 years of college league tennis in the US. He has won over 20 Surrey titles in junior and adults, and now enjoys bringing real fun and energy to his coaching.

Leon is the lifeblood of the Sport:Away social scene. He brings an infectious energy and love of bringing people together through a social programme that will enable everyone to make friends and become part of the Sport:Away family. Nothing is too much effort, and Leon always knows the right people and the best places to go.

Our Coaches

Simon Targett

Sport:Away Tennis Pro

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I’ve been part of the Sport:Away coaching team for over 10 years, and can honestly say that one of the best things about being part of this team is the people. Every year people return to Mallorca, Turkey, Marbella with us, and we have an absolute blast. I have met people who I can truly call friends.

Simon is a Level 4 coach and currently the Head Pro at Whitgift School in Surrey. Simon won a university scholarship for tennis in the US and then went on to coach division 1 teams in the US.

Simon still plays for Surrey and coaches British tour and County level players as well as running the Girls U18 and Boys U14 Surrey teams. Simon is very passionate and dynamic in his coaching approach, and brings this energy to Sport:Away.

Casey Lyonette

Sport:Away Tennis Pro

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As a Sport:Away coach I have been lucky enough to travel to some fantastic resorts and meet some really amazing people. Sport:Away is like a family and it’s always sad to leave at the end of the week.

Casey is an LTA level 4 coach at Virgin Active in Surrey. He is the current Surrey Champion and plays competitively in the Aegon National team tennis tour. Casey is a well respected coach and mentor and understands the mental impact of competitive tennis. He specialises in grass roots mini red up to national standard.

Chris Ryan

Sport:Away Tennis Pro

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Sunshine, clay, a fantastic coaching team, and every year I meet new clients that bring something new to the holiday – mainly fun and laughter. What’s not to love?!

Chris Ryan is a level 4 LTA coach and competed for a number of years as a full-time pro across the tour in Europe. Chris is also a qualified Personal Trainer specialising in racquet specific programmes for tennis players of all levels. Chris is a regular Pro on the Sport:Away team, and his relaxed and easy going manner makes him a well-liked member of the team both on and off court.

What We Do

As a privately owned tour operator with more than 10 years experience, we are able to offer instructive, challenging and fun tennis coaching programmes to players of all ages and standards at the finest locations around Europe. Sport:Away has an exceptionally high number of repeat guests. We believe there are two main contributors to this:

Our unique programme of hosted breaks

These are holidays coached by the Sport:Away Team. The high standard of service we provide appeals to those looking to make the most of their precious holiday time – be it with their families, partners, as a group or those looking to meet new like-minded friends.

We give you the opportunity to sample some of Europe’s finest tennis destinations yet still be taught by your very own UK Coach

Once there you can hone your skills in picturesque locations ranging from Mallorca and Turkey to Marbella and Dubai; sip post-match sunset drinks on the terrace; retreat to luxurious five star accommodation; and enjoy the ultimate social experience with friends and like minded people. Click here for more information about what we offer.