Growing up, I lived in a poor area of a small town called Tarare. Our community was -- poor in money but rich in diversity. Living in this community taught me to respect, understand and celebrate the different cultures, perspectives and values of my neighbours and friends. To me it is what make us human.
Growing up, my mum would often let my younger brother and I out of the house to play with our friends: football, basketball, handball, BMX racing... we did them all. With every game we played my love for sport grew: not only was I being active but I was also discovering how my body moved and behaved, how my mind could push my limits further and further. Sport gave me many friends: some of them were excellent at football and not so good at the other sports, others were good at all of them and some where not good at any of them; but we always had a lot of fun. It didn't matter to us how good or bad you were because even the player who was always picked last was respected: he had the same rights to play, have fun and win or lose.
I started playing tennis when I was 18 After watching Roland Garros. My friend Cedric and I bought a cheap racket and went to the local tennis club. We spent hours on court and after a couple of months, some members noticed us and invited us to join. Soon I was competing in the leagues and in individual competitions. I wasn’t great but I loved competing. I played for 2 years before life and work stopped me.
Tennis came back in my life after moving to England. In 2005, I joined Papworth Everard LTC as I lived only 100 yards away. A few years later in 2010, I finally had my first ever tennis lesson. It was nice being the one being taught rather than the one teaching.
Busy with coaching and life, I did not compete nor push myself from 2010 to 2019. In 2019 I decided to change a few things in my life and playing tennis competitively become one of my goals. I found the best coach possible (Louis Cayer) and decided to start competing again. Since I have competed in the my first ITF competition, made the O45 County team and have a few more goals to reach.
10is Academy exists today because we want you and your child(ren) to see the world through someone else’s eyes and by doing so, create a world where differences are celebrated. A world where you feel safe, taken care of, and belong.
At 10is Academy we believe in the power of sport, in particular tennis, and the positive impact it can have.
What we are building is different. Our Academy is not driven by trophies or awards, but rather your desire to keep on learning and be the best you can be. Trophies and Awards are a consequence of your hardwork, your resilience, your desire to always do the right thing especially when nobody is watching.
The 10is Academy you know and love comes without judgement on how good or bad you are, we are not driven by public likes or looking over our shoulder to see what others do - 10is Academy is a space that is free of judgment -- to experiment, to explore, to reflect, to be bold, to dare, to be you.
Our tennis lessons are a place for self-expression but also a community where everyone should feel safe. Our community is based on respect and understanding, while also celebrating the different cultures, perspectives and value that make us human.
We also believe in the power of family: family that play together stay together. If you're a parent we believe you should also be playing with your child. If you don't feel you are not good enough we have lessons for you - we hope this is the year you’ll consider investing in yourself, your health and strengthen your bond with a wonderful community.
It’s on us to give you a reason to get excited about becoming a player. We’re up to the task. And remember, nobody is judging how good you are. 2020 didn’t turn out how anyone planned, but one thing has stayed true. Tennis continues to thrive. Time and time again it has shown its power to keep people active, to keep them 'in touch' with their friends, and to inspire.Thank you for showing us how resilient we are as a community. It is deeply humbling to see the small role 10is Academy has played in helping some of you get through the ups and downs this year. We will continue to be here for you. We hope to have many more years with you and to have the privilege to see the world through your eyes. If you would like to share your story with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LTA Level 3 ACCREDITED+ (UK), USPTA Level 3 (USA), International Tennis Federation Level 3 (Worldwide), BTCA Level 4 (UK), RPT Level 5 (Spain) - Toni Nadal certified.
Strength & Conditioning Level 2
LTA Cambridgeshire 'Coach of the year'
A One-to-One session is the best coaching method available to help you improve as it is personalised to meet your needs and training with Seb means training with an Award-winning coach. You will be trained following a world class system based on Tony Nadal methodology (trainer of Rafael Nadal) and Louis Cayer's Expertise (Trainer of Jamie Murray and 10 other world number 1).
You will receive one of the best coaching experiences that money can buy!
In 2009, did a month training as a coach at Nick Bolletierri Academy.
In 2017 & 2018, Sebastien was the first coach in England to qualify to teach the Toni Nadal methodology. Toni Nadal coach Rafael Nadal to world No 1.
Currently being trained by L. Cayer (coach of J. Murray, J. Konta, J. Salisbury and dozens of other No 1 in the world)
LTA Safeguarding & Protection in Tennis course
Emergency First Aid at Work course
Enhanced DBS certificate
'Sebastien you are such dedicated coach, it is nice to see that it still exists... Sebastien congratulations for how quick you integrate notions as I can compare you to top professionals and even to Andy Murray and your speed of learning is as quick as them'
'Erin has enjoyed taking lessons from the very start, always looking forward to the next! The patience and encouragement from Seb has made it fun for her and has given her the confidence to believe in herself much more! This has given her a positive and mature approach and is not afraid to take on new challenges outside of tennis too! Keep up the good work'
'I am loving learning to play this addictive game with 10is Academy. Seb is an excellent coach, patient, encouraging but constantly challenging me to help improve my game. His passion for tennis is infectious. The sessions are a lot of fun, wonderfully sociable and have helped my fitness level improve dramatically over the past 20 months.'