Coaching Programme

The club is home to Courtside Sports Tennis Academy (CSTA) run by our Head Coach, David Gaterell – LTA Senior Performance Coach.

Year-round adult and junior group, team and individual coaching are provided, as well junior tennis camps in the school holidays.
The program is designed to accommodate all levels of player, from beginner through to advanced/team level.  
To find out more about weekly group coaching, private lessons or tennis camps, please contact David.  You can also view the coaching program and lesson rates by clicking on the links further down this page.
Junior Match Practice & Family Club Night run from 5.30-7.00pm Fridays in term time, supervised by a coach.  This is a FREE session for junior players 10 years + to attend.  Younger children must be accompanied by a parent.  For more details, please contact David.
Please scroll down to meet our coaching team  – and please get in touch for more info on any aspect of tennis here at Steep.



David Gaterell
Steep Head Coach & CSTA Director

LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach (SPC)

Coaching Rate
£38.50 per hour – pay for 5, £185 – pay for 10, £345
£20 per 30 mins – pay for 5, £95 – pay for 10, £185

Tel: 07801 422228   


Dave has over 34 years experience as a player and over 20 years as a qualified coach.

As a player, he was an internationally ranked junior, playing and studying at two American colleges and currently competes on the ITF Seniors Tour. He is a National Grass and Clay Court Champion in the over 35’s age group, plays for Hampshire Over 35’s, and has captained the U/11, 12/U and 14/U Boys, Men’s and Men’s over 35’s Hampshire Teams. He has been ranked as highly as 20 in the world in over 35’s age group.

Dave has coached in clubs and academies in the UK and abroad. He brings a holistic approach to coaching, helping you develop all aspects of your game; your mentality, your technique, your strategic/tactical mind, your physicality and your approach to your goals.

Dave enjoys working with all ages and abilities, and has helped players from mini tennis, through to international juniors, adult beginners through to team players and university teams.

Dave believes tennis is a great way to learn important life skills and to help build character – it’s not just about how to hit a fuzzy yellow ball!

Outside of coaching and competing, Dave enjoys weight training, reading, travelling and spending time at the beach near his home with his wife and two daughters.


Joe Dixon
Steep Coach

LTA Level 3 Performance Coach

Coaching Rate

£33.50 per hour – pay for 5, £160 – pay for 10, £300
£18 per 30 mins – pay for 5, £85 – pay for 10, £160

Tel: 07904 558423


Joe has been involved in tennis for 20+ years and has been professionally coaching for over 13 years. His coaching career began at Steep TC as an 18yr old, where as well as being a Club Coach, Joe was also a regular player for Steep, participating in the local leagues, he also represented Kingsley TC in the Regional Tier National Club League.

For the last 7+ years, Joe has worked at the prestigious Soto Tennis Academy, Spain as the Assistant Head Coach. Joe worked with some of the worlds best junior players and travelled all over the world on the ITF Junior Tour and the ITF Men’s/Women’s Futures Tour. 

Notable coaching achievements include:

  • 10 + WTA/ATP Ranked players
  • 25 + ITF Junior Ranked players as high as Top 50 in the world
  • 25 + American University Scholarships
  • Players competing in Main Draw Grand Slams, Adult and Juniors, including Wimbledon.

Joe is delighted to return to Steep and is looking forward to helping players improve their game.


Natasha (Nash) Harris
Steep Coach

LTA Level 3 Development Coach Award (DCA)

Coaching Rate
£33.50 per hour – pay for 5 £160, pay for 10 £300
£18.00 per 30 minutes – pay for 5 £85, pay for 10 £160

07971 526379


Natasha has over 25 years experience in tennis, 14 years as a qualified coach.  She has played county level tennis as a junior for Hampshire, and was part of the full time tennis academy at Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre.

Natasha has a real passion for coaching tennis, particularly the younger age groups – to help them develop a love for the game at an early age.  With all ages however, Nash is able to help develop a player’s confidence and skills within the game.

She is a dedicated Mum to 3 school-age children, and also works as a support worker at a local junior school.

Nash is looking forward to helping you develop your love of tennis, your technical skills and your understanding of the game.


Dave is a stringer with nearly 30 years experience – stringing firstly for himself whilst a competing junior and adult, then for his fellow players, then for every club he has coached at.

Rackets are normally returned after 2-3 days
Any string currently on the market can be ordered if not in stock.
For a list of currently stocked strings and prices, please contact Dave, or see the club notice boards.
Rackets, shoes and accessories for all main brands are also supplied at internet-beating prices – speak to Dave for details
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