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As more and more children turn to sport at a younger and younger age there is a need for coaches to really understand how to meet this need. The problem is that most of the information available to coaches focuses on models for older players.

evolve9 is the brainchild of Mike Barrell, a tennis coach with over 25 years experience and more than 15 just focused on the Under 10 age group. The team includes evolve9 Associates, Trainers and Territory Directors and its always growing.

The name, evolve9, represents the huge differences in children as they grow and develop and how we need to evolve our coaching practice to meet the needs of these evolving players. 9 is simply the highest single digit and so reflects the need to make this change with the highest quality.


Our mission is to help tennis coaches build better, more appropriate programs and teach with real quality, while considering the needs of each child. All our information is based upon our three pillars.

  • Understand the Child
  • Teach the Game
  • Create the Environment

We believe that only through developing an in depth knowledge of all these interlinked areas can coaches be really effective, and from the feedback and testimonials we receive we know it’s working.

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