blog and history.

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Appeti Tennis have a long history of coaching and developing tennis, we started in 1998.

We keep a detailed journal (blog) of our activities and achievements.

This blog is hosted separately to our main site and is broken into years to enable simple navigation.  The blog also integrates with our extensive Flickr library to enable you to view and download over 20,000 photos we have taken over the years.  click here to see all our photos.  click here to read our blog.

Eb Appeti started with 1 basket of balls and a simple goal, get more people, particularly children playing tennis.

The programme started in Hastings East Sussex at The Green LTC.

Appeti Tennis were now coaching over 100 children per week!

We partnered with Hastings Borough Council and regenerated 13 public courts and created the Hastings Community Tennis Centre. 

Following on the success of the programme in Hastings we decided to expand our activities to East Kent.

Plans were drawn up to build indoor courts on the school site.

The Appeti Tennis Centre Canterbury is launched and  a grant of £50K is obtained by the governments Sports Match programme.  The opening of the centre is attended by MP for Canterbury Julian Brazier.

While the programme grew we began construction on the indoor tennis centre.

The Indoor Tennis Centre opened in January 2005.  The centre had 2 indoor and 1 outdoor courts.

Ffion Newberry became the first pupil from Appeti Tennis to win a Regional (Grade 3) tournament.

The centre welcomed in excess of 200 players per week.

Ffion Newberry became the first pupil from Appeti Tennis to win the Kent Championships, she becomes Girls 18U  Champion, aged only 16!

During a coach attended trip to Scotland, Ffion Newberry earns her first world rankings points and becomes our first world ranked junior player!

The timeline below enables you to go straight to articles from any of the 17 years we have been involved in tennis or straight to our big news stories.

Simply click on the year to view news from that year or click on the camera to see pictures from that year. Enjoy!

Copri Systems and Trevor May Contractors sponsor the tennis centre with a van to be used as a player support vehicle.

James Davis becomes the second player from Appeti Tennis to win the Kent Championship, winning the 12U title.

Back at the centre with financial help from the Tennis Foundation 2 additional courts are refurbished and given floodlights. 

James Davis becomes the first Appeti Tennis player to make  the 14U National finals of the Road to Wimbledon.  James wins the doubles and loses in the final of the singles!

At The Centre we embark on our most ambitious project and open The Appeti Tennis School. The School a partnership with The Canterbury Academy and offers junior tennis players the opportunity to combine tennis and education from the age of 10. 

The School opens with 4 pupils!

Following huge successes in its first year the Tennis School grows to 7 players, with the youngest being 8 year old Ulrich Nienaber.

Ulrich has been training with Appeti Tennis since he was 4 and joins as Kents number 1 player. 

Tennis School pupil Oliver Richards becomes the third Appeti Tennis pupil to win the Kent Championship, winning the boys 14U title.

In the Summer we organise our first  trip to the International Tournament in Eastbourne. Some of the children meet Amelie Mauresmo, 3 weeks later she is crowned Wimbledon Champion.

James Davis has a bumper year, winning the Road to Wimbledon National Finals, gaining his first world ranking points and moving up to number 2 in the UK U14.

At the end of the year James moves home and joins the Academy in Bath having spent 10 year with Appeti Tennis from the age of 5. 

We organise our first trip to the French Open, during the day 15 pupils and parents attend the Roland Garros Kids Day and last day of qualifying! 

Eb created an initiative designed to take tennis directly into schools, 123 Tennis is born!

Eb was joined by Faye Robertson, Helen Shattower and Richard Myall. 

The centre is officially opened by the Major of Hastings.

A major programme of outreach tennis began in Canterbury with all the local primary schools taking part.

In the first year over 3000 children from 27 schools received FREE in school tennis and the opportunity to play tennis on the outdoor courts at The Canterbury High School.

In partnership with The Canterbury High School we started a Tennis Academy for performance players.

James finishes the year ranked 5 in the UK at 14U.

James began with Appeti Tennis aged 5!

Sadly after 14 years Ric leaves the team.

Tennis school pupil Ciaran Brewer becomes our second player to make the National Finals of the Road to Wimbledon.

The Centre established itself as part of the local tennis scene, hosting competitions and playing in the Sussex leagues.

We approached The Canterbury High School with a plan to promote tennis to the local community and build the towns first indoor courts! 

The picture of the children below is the first group of juniors coached by Eb, this is the first picture ever taken by Appeti Tennis. Since this time Appeti Tennis have coached over 25,000 children!

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The Tennis Centre becomes one of only 5 clubs/centres in Kent to be awarded performance accreditation by the LTA.

The Tennis School grows to double digits, attracting more children that wish to make Tennis their career.