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Open letter to all clients of the Bendigo Tennis Academy.

On the 8/8/98, I signed on as coach here at the Bendigo Tennis Association. I was thrilled to get the appointment, and at the time I mentioned how I was moving from being a club coach (Strathdale Park for 17 years) to an Association coach which was a significant change. I signed on for 21 years, and that 21 years concludes on December 31st 2019.

It has been an honour and a privilege to be the resident coach for the Bendigo Tennis Association over that period of time.

With the conclusion of my contract, I have now signed with Giant Tennis as a Head Coach, joining Aidan Fitzgerald, Director and Tennis Australia Master Coach and Brandt Fleming Director – Giant Tennis is based at Neale Street, Bendigo.

For any coaching requirements in relation to group coaching, private lessons, holiday tennis clinics or school coaching classes you can click here for our online registration form or register at

I would like to thank my family; Julie, Sam and Zach for all their support over my years as coach here at the Bendigo Tennis Association.

I would like to thank the BTA Board of management, for all their support, all the General managers I have coached under, especially Leon Retallick, which was for nine fantastic years.

Thank you to all our clients, who have been a part of the Bendigo Tennis Academy coaching programs, whether it has been through group coaching, Hotshots , Private lessons , ladies classes or one of the squads, your support has inspired me to be the best coach I could be.

Thanks also to Shiree and Shane Meade at National Tiles who have sponsored the National Tiles “Future Stars” Tennis Squad for past 15 years. The National Tiles “Future Stars” Junior development program has set the pathway for junior players moving into a squad training environment, the National Tiles Future Stars Program will be going ahead in 2020.

Many thanks to all at Tennis Australia and Tennis Victoria for the coach support, over the years they have implemented many new initiatives supporting our coaching programs, these programs lift the profile of our sport in central Victoria.

I would also like to thank local schools that have been to the complex to be a part of our coaching programs, these include, Girton Grammar , Bendigo South East, Victory College, Creek Street Christian College , Weeroona College , St.Killian’s and Camp Hill Primary school and I am very appreciative of the very long association with the St.Therese’s and Kennington Primary schools.

And thanks also to Karen Cormack and the team at WebLocals Australia for creating and managing the Bendigo Tennis Academy website, and our SEO and Google marketing, your work has helped connect us with many new students across Bendigo and beyond. 

I look forward to working closely with Aidan Fitzgerald and Brandt Fleming as they set new challenges for all involved in the Giant Tennis programs in 2020.

Kindest regards,

Stephen Storer
Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach. 

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