Tennis coaches providing lessons around Southland are now working independently from Tennis Southland. Please enquire directly with the following for individual, group, club or school opportunities;
Lan Bale Tennis
Lan Bale Tennis Coaching Philosophy Children’s Self-Esteem Lan Bale’s more than 30 years of worldwide playing and coaching experience forms the basis of our coaching philosophy. His passion and commitment to advancing junior tennis resulted in his current position as National Performance coach for Tennis New Zealand. Lan has fostered a dream for more than a decade to bring quality tennis coaching to the South Island. The dream is in the process of becoming a reality with the formation of Lan Bale Tennis, who recently employed experienced coach, Danny Baleson. With Lan’s guidance, Danny will be looking to further the principle of tuning in to every individual tennis player’s needs, regardless of age or level. The most important principle of their coaching philosophy, with acknowledgement to Tiger Woods’s master coach, Hank Haney is:
“The more ways we teach, the more people we reach…”
In other words, the coaches of Lan Bale Tennis know that every student is unique, and they strive to connect in such a way as to make learning a fun and fulfilling experience.
Danny Baleson Bio After a successful junior career, Danny realized his calling lay in teaching and became the youngest ever qualified instructor on the South African Panel of tennis coaches. Danny has been teaching for more than 40 years and his coaching style revolves around building self-esteem, with strong focus on the inner game, as he nurtures passion and enthusiasm in his students. He believes enjoyment of the game is paramount and game improvement follows naturally from this.
Pete White cares about bringing you - the player- to the optimum tennis level you wish to achieve. I started playing Tennis at age 10 in 1971 in Dunedin and used to find all sorts of reasons to get off school to head to the tennis courts and play. In 1975 my family transferred to Palmerston North and I soon became a member of the Palmerston North Boys’ High Tennis squad who as a team of six dominated North and South Island school tennis for the four years I attended. In the early 1980’s I was based in Sydney Australia travelling through Australia, Pacific Islands and Asia playing cash tournaments mainly on grass tennis courts.
In 1993 I became a level 2 Tennis Coach under the Tennis Australia coaching programme, which required two years training under a master coach prior to taking any examinations – a rigorous playing test was also conducted to ensure I could play all the strokes required in the modern game of tennis. 1994 to present day I have operated as a professional tennis coach in Southland the highlights of this time include: Commentating live Davis Cup Tennis worldwide, a high level of coaching involvement with players who have achieved US scholarship status, New Zealand representative status and most importantly understanding the needs of tennis players across all levels of the game.
I have a current certificate after completing a St John's First Aid Level One course.