SotoTennis Academy (STA)

SotoTennis Academy (STA) was opened in June 2010 by Dan Kiernan, a former British #1 Doubles Player. Over the last 11 years, STA has become one of Spain’s most renowned tennis academies and is located in the exquisite Sotogrande.

STA's team of expert coaches deliver individualised programmes to players who practise their skills in a robust team environment. Whilst receiving the many benefits of STA's strong team unity, each player has their own Lead Coach who manages the team around their schedule to ensure ultimate accountability for success on and off the court.

Best Tennis Academy in Sotogrande

Pairing Premium Education with Full-time Tennis Training

The Lead Coach ensures that each individual has the private tuition, sparring practice, and physical support they need to meet their objectives. STA aims to provide an ideal environment alongside specialised opportunities to inspire its players to maximise their potential through hard work and dedication.

We believe STA players deserve the best academic opportunities, as this is crucial to long-term development. There does not need to be a compromise between full-time tennis training and excellent education.

STA is proud to be one of the few leading tennis academies that can confidently offer world-class academics with Sotogrande International School alongside their full-time Tennis programmes. Many of STA’s student-athletes have graduated from their studies and have gained scholarships with American and European Universities.

Full-Time Tennis Champions Programmes

Full-Time Champions Programmes

The full-time STA Student-Athletes programmes are designed and delivered as part of a total plan to support the goals of individuals. Participants receive:

  • Performance Planning
  • Sport Science Support
  • Tournament Travel

Full-time STA Programmes are designed to include:

  • Year-round Programme Management
  • Tennis Squads 
  • Strength and Conditioning Squads
  • Weekly Individual Lessons
  • Matchplay
  • Local Tournament Support
  • International Tournament Support
  • Sports Science Support
Tennis programmes for kids

11 – 14-year-olds: Future Champions Programme

The Future Champions Programme is for students aged 11 to 14. Future student-athletes follow the normal school day structure and undertake sports training at STA after school hours. During the school day, they follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).

14 – 16-year-olds: Junior Champions Programme

Junior student-athletes, aged 14 – 16, study the core subjects on the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) until 14:00. Afternoons are spent training at STA. The MYP’s core subjects are English, Maths, Science, Individuals and Societies (Humanities) and Language Acquisition.

By the end of this programme (age 16), Junior Champions attain all the qualifications they need to progress and join the Elite Champions.

Tennis Student on court

16 – 18-year-olds: Elite Champions Programme

The Elite Champions Programme has been designed to optimise student-athletes' academic capabilities whilst they participate fully in their tennis practice.

Student-athletes study 3 International A-Levels in Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics, as well as undertaking SAT Maths Preparation and an English language course, which is essential for acceptance into US Colleges after graduation. Small class sizes allow teachers to provide student-athletes with additional study time, personalised attention and increased assistance with their work.

Elite Champions graduate with 3 qualifications:

  • International A-Levels
  • SAT Score
  • High School Transcript

International A-Levels also keep the European university option open for those looking to study in Europe after graduation. The SAT and High School transcript enables access to the US university system.

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