Tennis is a popular summer sport at St Paul’s Collegiate School. The overall objective of the St Paul’s tennis programme is to develop the skills of the elite players as well as those students who wish to play tennis socially.
Students who take part in tennis are provided with international quality tennis courts. Specialist coaches work with students in group and one-on-one sessions to improve their abilities over the course of the season, aiming for each student to achieve their personal best.
All players take part in either practise or competition twice a week; junior students on Monday and Wednesday and senior students on Tuesday and Thursday.
Students who are serious about the sport and competing at an elite level take part in:
- Waikato secondary schools competition
- Inter-school matches.
There is a small cost of $80 per term for coaching, entry fees for tournaments and competitions and transport. Additional expenses incurred at North Island and national tournaments are disbursed among families.
- Mixed doubles tennis team (Sarah Jackson, Carlin Vollebregt, Simon Han and Lily Carr Paterson) ranked fifth in New Zealand following their courageous effort at the National Secondary Schools Teams Tennis Final (2017)
- McKinley Vollebregt placed second in the under-16 Waikato secondary schools championships and won the New Zealand Maori under-16 mixed doubles (2015)
- St Paul’s girls team won the female division of the Waikato secondary schools competition (2015)
- Carlin Vollebregt won the Junior Boys Plate at the Waikato secondary schools competition (2015)
- Jack Schicker and Ryan Wilkins won the senior boys doubles at the Waikato secondary schools competition (2015)
- Fizzi Whale placed third in the senior girls doubles at the Waikato secondary schools competition (2015)
Pete Hoyland – Head Coach at Hamilton Squash and Tennis Club
Peter is the head coach at Hamilton Squash and Tennis Club. He played first team university tennis in the UK, was a county player for Somerset and competed in the European University Championships (all while reaching a highest UK Senior Ranking of 382). He is a level three coach who has worked at Lansdown Racquets Club in Bath UK, before taking up the role here in New Zealand. Peter also holds a Bachelor of Sports and Social Sciences with Honours and coordinates coach support for progressive tennis tournament players.